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Heraldry

''The art and science of devising, displaying, and granting armorial insignia and of tracing and recording genealogies.''

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Official crest of The Clan Logan Society of Canada

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Official crest of The Clan Logan Society International.

Copyrighted, with all rights reserved to the Society.

Copyrighted, with all rights reserved to the Society.

The Story Behind Our Logan Crest

In 1330 brothers Sir Robert Logan and Sir Walter Logan, along with Sir William de Keith, Sir William de St. Clair of Rosslyn, accompanied Sir James Douglas in his quest to take the heart of the dead King Robert I of Scotland to the Holy Land. 

 

Douglas and his company had been received by Alfonso XI of Castile, who was campaigning against the Moors, in the Kingdom of Granada. Near the Castillo de la Estrella, Alfonso's army fought the Saracens at the Battle of Teba. During the battle Douglas observed a knight of his company surrounded by the Moorish warriors, and with his remaining men attempted to relieve his countryman.

 

As the knights were hard-pressed and outnumbered by the Moors, Sir James Douglas took the silver casket containing the heart of Robert Bruce, and threw it before him among the enemy, saying, "Now pass thou onward before us, as thou wert wont, and I will follow thee or die."

 

Sir James Douglas and most of his men were slain, among them Sir Robert Logan and Sir Walter Logan.

 

The legend is that the heart shown on the shield is that of Robert the Bruce. The three passion nails represent Sir Robert Logan, Sir Walter Logan, and Sir James Douglas their leader. The nails are specifically referred to as Passion Nails and are indicative of followers of Jesus the Christ.

 

When the Chief of the Clan is restored, he may choose to use this Coat of Arms - OR - he may choose a new Coat of Arms. In any event, it will be the personal choice of the Chief of Clan Logan.

An achievement, armorial achievement or heraldic achievement (historical: hatchment) in heraldry is a full display or depiction of all the heraldic components to which the bearer of a coat of arms is entitled.

A normal heraldic achievement consists of the shield, above which is set the helm, on which sits the crest, its base encircled by a circlet of twisted cloth known as a torse. The use of the crest and torse independently from the rest of the achievement, a practice which became common in the era of paper heraldry, has led the term "crest" to be frequently but erroneously used to refer to the arms displayed on the shield, or to the achievement as a whole.

Armorial achievement of the last Chief of Clan Logan

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