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The surname Ainslie is chiefly found in the border areas of Scotland but before the Normal Conquest it was prominent in England. The modern forms of the surname are Ainslie, Ainsley, Aynsley and Ainslee. They do not have a recognized Chief and are an armigerous clan.

Motto:  Pro Patria Saepe Pro Rege Semper (For country often, for King always)

Historic Seat: Dolphinstone Castle (ruined), Jedburgh


The Ainslies were opposed to Robert the Bruce in his campaign to win the Scottish Crown and paid for this by losing their estates. But their fortune changed when William de Ainslie, who had married Helen Kerr (of the family from which the present Duke of Roxburgh descends), became a favorite of Robert II.  William de Ainslie  was given back the estates of Dolphinstone in 1377. The Anisllies secured their fortunes by strategic alliances by marriage with other prominent Borders families. They intermarried with the Douglases, Pringles, Homes and Kerrs. Marjory, daughter of John Ainslie, married Mark Kerr of Cessford, a doughty warrior known as the Terror of the Borders.

Clan Ainslie Badge, Scottish Border Clan

SKU: SC0007
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