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METAL BADGES

The badge is the way that a clansperson can show one’s clan affiliation and one’s support to the Chief and all members of that Clan.

In modern times, the metal badges have come into common use but the custom of displaying a “badge” is based on a an ancient practice of using plants to identify an affiliation to a given Clan (see plant badge below). Common to almost all modern metal badges are a belt and buckle surrounding the crest of the Clan Chief’s Arms and topped by the Clan motto.

The Henderson Clan Badge reflects the crest taken from the Arms granted to Alistair D. Henderson of Fordell by the Lord Lyon, King of Arms in Scotland. The crest is just the very top, or crest of the helmet and in this case reflects the 5 pointed star, that makes it unique from previous Arms granted.  The Clan Motto-Sola Virtus Nobilitat (which translated from latin means, Virtue Alone Ennobles or Virtue Alone is Nobility) is a prominent feature on the badge. The Gaelic phrase “An Cirean Ceann Cinnidh” means “The Crest of the Clan Chief”…a way of letting others know that you know the crest is not yours but rather, your Chiefs.

PLANT BADGE

 In the past, many clan members did not have metal badges to wear and display their allegiance.  Instead, they would wear a plant to show their loyalty to their chief.

The Clan Henderson Plant Badge is the Canach (Cotton Grass or Bog Cotton).  Cotton Grass (of the genus Eriophorum) grows in bogs and marshes throughout the United States, Scotland, England and Canada. It is a hardy plant that grows from May to September when it releases its cottony flowers to blanket the ground in the lands that is resides. It has been found growing on Rannoch Moor above Glencoe (Kinlochleven).

 

Please bear in mind, the grant of arms is the personal property of Alistair Henderson of Fordell and it is in poor taste to display the Arms in lieu of the badge.