Clan Douglas Badge, Scottish Clan Douglas, Scottish Lowland Clan Pin

Clan Douglas Badge, Scottish Clan Douglas, Scottish Lowland Clan Pin

SKU: CLAN0061

Clan Douglas is an ancient clan or noble house from the Scottish Lowlands. Taking their name from Douglas in Lanarkshire, their leaders gained vast territories throughout the Borders, Angus, Lothian, Moray, and in France and Sweden. The family is one of the most ennobled in the United Kingdom and has held numerous titles. 

The Douglases were one of Scotland's most powerful families and certainly the most prominent family in lowland Scotland during the Late Middle Ages, often holding the real power behind the throne of the Stewart Kings. 

The original seat of the family was Douglas Castle in Lanarkshire. The Kirk of St Bride at Douglas, along with Melrose Abbey and the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés holds the remains of many of the Earls of Douglas and Angus. 

King Robert the Bruce had requested that Douglas, latterly his most esteemed companion in arms, should carry his heart to the Holy Land, as atonement for the murder of John III Comyn. Douglas and his knights had been invited to join the forces of Alfonso XI of Castile, Edward III of England's cousin by his mother Queen Isabella, to fight against the Moors in 1330 at the siege of Teba. Outnumbered and cut off from the main Christian force, Douglas was killed leading a cavalry charge. The casket containing the heart of the Bruce was recovered and returned to Scotland, to be interred at Melrose Abbey. Douglas' bones were boiled and returned to Scotland; his embalmed heart was recently recovered in the Douglas vaults at the Kirk of St Bride but his bones are not in the stone vault lying under his effigy and they have yet to be located.

Each item begins as a piece of bronze sheet metal.  After the pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution.  The piece is then hand cut, filed and sanded. The pin back is soldered on. The badge is then cleaned, a patina applied then a clear polymer coating is applied. A long process but well worth it.

  • Production Process

    Each item begins as a piece of bronze sheet metal.  After the pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution.  The piece is then hand cut, filed and sanded. The pin back is soldered on. The badge is then cleaned, a patina applied then a clear polymer coating is applied. A long process but well worth it.

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