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Clan Abernethy

Clan Abernethy is a Scottish Clan. It does not have a chief recognised by the Lord Lyon and is therefore considered an armigerous clan.


The origins of the name Abernethy are uncertain. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 348</ref>Abernethy is the name of a district in Speyside and of a village near Perth. Aber means 'mouth of' and Nethy is a Celtic river name of uncertain origin. <ref> David Dorward, Dictionary of Scottish Surnames, 1</ref> According to Way of Plean, the name of the parish of Abernethy refers to a former Pictish royal residence and a christian settlement around 600. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 348</ref>

Absorption of chiefly family by Clan Fraser

Sir William de Abernethy was implicated in the murder of Duncan, Earl of Fife in 1288 and was sentenced to life in prison. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 348</ref> William de Abernethy, called Lord Saltoun, affixed his seal to the Declaration of Abroath in 1320. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 348</ref> David II granted the family the lands of Rothiemay. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 348</ref>Margaret, heiress of the last Abernethy Lord Saltoun, married Sir Alexander Fraser of Philorth. Their son was declared by Parliament in 1669 to be Lord Saltoun. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 348</ref> The arms of Abernethy are now to be found quartered with those of Fraser in the heraldry of the present Fraser chief, Lady Saltoun. Nisbet gives the main cadet branch to be Abernethy of Auchnacloich. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 348</ref>

Other use of name Abernethy

In 1633, the first Marquess of Hamilton was created Lord Abernethy. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 348</ref>

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