Scott Johnstone

Heritage

Johnstone armorial bearing

nunquam non paratus : never unprepared

Hailing from the grand Clan Johnstone of Annandale, Scotland, Mervyn Scott Johnstone is heir to a legacy of proud service in protection of a great nation. Historically the Clan Johnstone guarded the borders and culture of Scotland from its oppressive English neighbors to the south.

The name "Johnstone" is an Anglo-Saxon derivative of the phrase "John's Toun", literally meaning "John's Settlement", and finds its roots in the story of John, a Norman Lord who arrived in Scotland before the establishment of the surname convention.

John bore a son, whom he named Gilbert. This son of John, like his father, lived in the shire of Dumfries – Strath Annan, to be precise – and pioneered the surname "Johnstun" circa 1170 AD. He was later knighted Sir Gilbert de Joneston and his legacy of Johnstone Lairds played an instrumental role in the defense of Scotland during the independence/Bannockburn era.

Johnstone tartan (modern)

The modern Johnstone tartan, like many modern tartans, is based on that of the infamous Black Watch, the Royal Highland Regiment entrusted with the honor of guarding the Scottish Highlands.

A relatively simple weave, the Johnstone tartan is composed of broad, alternating bands of forest green and sapphire blue. Along the blue band, three black stripes cross in the center. Along the green band are three more crossing stripes, with the middle stripe coloured gold rather than black.

Johnstone tartan (ancient)

Also known as the "weathered" tartan, the ancient Johnstone tartan is designed to simulate the vegetable-based dyes used to make kilts before modern synthetic dyes were available.

Both the ancient and the modern Johnstone tartans feature the same basic pattern; three black sripes crossing over wide blue bands, and one gold stripe with two adjacent black stripes crossing over wide green bands. The main differences are that the blue is a lighter steel or denim shade, and the green is closer to a pale fern or rusticated jade.

Johnstone family crest

At the center of the Johnstone crest, surrounded by the traditional "strap and backle" is the emblem of the clan Chief, a winged spur. The origins of the winged spur find their roots in the Wars of Scottish Independence when, upon hearing that the English King Edward II had demanded that all Scots were to become subjects of England, King John de Balliol had to ready his armies for the impending battles.

John was wary of English spies, and instead of writing the message he attached a pair of grouse wings to one of his own spurs (this was traditionally used to symbolize a coming battle). He entusted the delivery of the winged spur to a Johnstone, whose response to the charge was "ready, aye, ready!"

The message was delivered promptly to Robert de Bruce, King John's military leader, who was able to rally Balliol's armies in time to defend the honor and independence of Scotland.