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The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Abernethy. It comes from at the place named Abernethy in southeastern Perthshire. The place name is of Pictish origin, meaning "mouth of the river Nethy."

The Abernethy family appear in ancient records as lay abbots of the Culdee Monastery of Abernethy in Strathearn in the 12th century. The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Hugh Abernethy, dated about 1150, in the “Abbot of Culdee Monastery of Abernethy.” It was during the time of King Malcolm IV of Scotland, dated 1153-1165.

A later descendant was Sir Hugh de Abernethy who swore allegiance to the 'republican' government of Scotland in 1296. This was known as 'The Interregnum’ and was overthrown by Robert the Bruce in 1306. The Abernethy coat of arms has the distinctive blazon of a gold field, a red lion rampant, debruised by a black bend, the seal being an eagle displayed.

Clan Abernethy Badge

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  • Each item begins as a piece of bronze sheet metal.  After a pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution.  Each piece is hand cut, sanded, and polished. The pin back is soldered on. A patina has been applied giving the metal that aged look. A clear polymer coating is applied to the face of the badge.

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