Clan Denniston, Highland Clan, Sept of Stewart
Clan Denniston is a sept of Clan Stewart
The name is territorial in origin from the old barony of Danzielstoun. The name was gradually softened, through use, to dennistoun. Sir Hugh Danzielstoun of that Ilk, was one of the barons who submitted to Edward I of England. His granddaughter, Elizabeth Mure of Rowallan, married Robert II in 1347 and was the mother of Robert III. This gave rise to the proud saying of the Dennistouns that 'Kings come of us, not we of Kings'.
This close royal connection brought extensive holdings to the family, together with the governship of Dumbarton Castle. Robert de Danielstoun was one of the nobles who stood as hostage for the ransom of David II in 1357. In 1370 he was commissioner for the peace treaty with England. He succeeded his father as sheriff of Lennox and was keeper of Dumbarton Castle.
John Dennistoun of Colgrain fought for the Royalist cause throughout the civil war and joined the ill-fated attempt by the Earl of Glencairn to restore the monarchy in 1653. The royalists were
completely defeated, and although Colgrain succeeded in saving his estate from forfeiture, he died of wounds he received in the conflict.
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.