There are two
main types of badges. This is because in 1605 the chief of the clan, then
the Earl of Seaforth, adopted the crest of his wife, heiress to Macleod of
the Lewes, being a mountain in flames. The clan badge displays the crest
of the clan chief. However most of the principle branches of the clan and
the later formed Seaforth Highlanders regiment held the original "Kintail"
crest of a golden stag's head.
Mackenzie of Seaforth badge incorporating the crest of a Rock in
Flames with the motto: "Luceo non Uro" meaning "I shine
not burn". Sir Roderick Mackenzie, Knight of Tarbat (2nd
son of Colin Mackenzie, of Kintail; brother of Kenneth, 1st Lord
Mackenzie of Kintail; and ancestor to the Earls of Cromarty and
Cromartie) married (contract: 6 May 1605) Margaret, daughter and
heir of Torquil Macleod of the Lewes, and thereupon added to his
armorial bearing the achievement of Macleod.
War Cry: Tullach Ard (The High Hill)
Mackenzie of Kintail / Seaforth
Incorporating the original Mackenzie shield of
a Stag's Head with the motto: "Cuidich 'N Righ" meaning
"Help the King". The motto and stag's head come from the
heroic rescue of King Alexander III by Colin MacCoinneach in 1263
who saved the king from a charging stag by shooting it dead with an
arrow. For this deed and for his victory at the battle of Largs
against the Danes in 1263, he was awarded the lands of Kintail, the
free Barony of Kintail, the arms of a golden stag's head with a
trickle of blood from between its eyes on a blue background and the
right to be the hereditary Royal body guard (a tradition that was
upheld until the battle of Pinkie in 1547).
Clan Mackenzie Society Coat of Arms
Shown here on Mackenzie tartan background.
Available to purchase from our shop
Blazon of Arms (PDF)
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