Clan Bethune Badge, Lowland Scottish Clan
Clan Bethune is a Lowland Scottish clan. The clan does not currently have a clan chief recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms and therefore it is considered an Armigerous clan. It is a branch of the noble House of Bethune. The surname Bethune is derived from the French town of Béthune, in the arrondissement of Béthune, in the department of Pas-de-Calais. The first record of the name in Scotland is that of Robert de Betunia, who appeared in around 1165 as a witness to a charter of lands in East Lothian. By the 13th century, Bethunes were established in Fife and Angus.
In 1296 Sir Robert de Betune appears on the Ragman Rolls rendering homage to Edward I of England. However, the Bethunes, despite appearing to support the English cause, became faithful supporters of king Robert the Bruce. The king knighted Alexander de Bethune for his bravery in battle but the same Alexander was killed at the Battle of Dupplin Moor in 1332.
The Bethunes of Balfour were established after Robert de Bethune married into the family of Balfour of that Ilk in the late 15th century.
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.