Clan MacLaren Badge, Scottish Clan, Highland Clan
There are two possible lines of descent for clan MacLaren. One branch, from the isle of Tiree in Argyll, comes from Fergus MacErc, the founder of the ancient kingdom of Dál Riata. The other branch is said to originate from Laurence, Abbot of Achtow, who lived in Stirlingshire. This theory is also supported by the MacLaren rallying cry which in gaelic is: “Creag an Tuirc” which means “Boars Rock”. The rock in question is near Achtow in Balquhidder. The Clan MacLaren’s lands are in Perthshire.
It is also believed the MacLarens were followers of the ancient Earl of Strathearn and were cadets of that ancient house when they fought at the Battle of the Standard under King David I of Scotland in
During the Wars of Scottish Independence the Clan MacLaren fought for King Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
In the 18th century the Clan MacLaren supported the Jacobite House of Stuart and fought at the Battle of Sherrifmuir in 1715. The clan also fought in the 1745 to 1746 Jacobite Uprisings at the Battle of Prestonpans and the Battle of Falkirk (1746). They also fought at the Battle of Culloden in the Appin regiment under Lord George Murray.
The Clan Seat is in the Trossachs at Balquhidder. There is the “Creag an Tuirc”, the Clan’s meeting place. Clan meetings are End of July every year at the Lochearnhead Highland Games.
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.