Clan Melville is a Lowland Scottish clan. The clan does not currently have a chief and is therefore considered an Armigerous clan. The name is derived from the barony of Maleville, in the Pays de Caux region of Normandy, France. Guillaume de Malleville was a companion of William, Duke of Normandy, at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. During the reign of King David I of Scotland, the Melville family were granted lands in Midlothian, which the lands and barony were then named after them.
Mellville House was built in 1697 by the architect James Smith (c. 1645–1731) for George Melville, 1st Earl of Melville (1636–1707). The remains of the 14th-century Monimail Palace which the Melvilles had bought in 1592 were incorporated into the grounds as a folly. Melville however was to be accused of being involved in the Rye House Plot — a Whig conspiracy to assassinate King Charles II and his brother the Duke of York (the future James VII). To escape arrest Melville fled to Holland where he joined the band of British Protestant exiles at the court of Prince William of Orange. Here Melville became one of the chief Scots supporters of William of Orange.
Clan Melville Badge
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. The piece is hand painted with dye oxide, specifically for metal. A clear polymer coating is applied to the face of the badge.