Clan Johnstone Badge, Scottish Clan Pin, Border Reivers

Clan Johnstone Badge, Scottish Clan Pin, Border Reivers

SKU: CLAN0397

The Clan Johnstone were once one of the most powerful of the Border Reiver Scottish clans. They originally settled in Annandale and for over six hundred years they held extensive possessions in the west of the Scottish Marches, where they kept watch against the English. Centuries of border warfare and scorched-earth campaigns, in which the Scots frequently lost all their possessions to the English, left the borderers disinterested in farming. Guerilla warfare evolved into a guerilla existence. The borderers became semi-nomadic, raiding the English and neighboring clans to replenish the cattle and horses which were their chief form of property. 

The Johnstones rose to prominence and power by assisting the King in crushing the Douglas rebellion in 1455. The Black Douglases virtually controlled southern Scotland and were perceived as a serious threat to the Stewart dynasty. The Johnstones fought the Black Douglases at Arkinholm in Dumfriesshire and participated in the King’s siege of Threave Castle in Kirkudbright. The Douglases were attainted, their estates forfeited, and King James II “of the fiery face” rewarded his supporters, including the Johnstones, with grants of former Douglas lands. Johnstone clansmen soon spread throughout upper Annandale and into Lanarkshire. In 1542 Queen Mary of Guise erected the lands of the Laird of Johnstone into a free barony.

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.

$40.00Price