Clan Insignia
Plant: Rock Ivy
Clan Motto: BYDAND (steadfast, abiding)
Old Motto: Animo Non Astutia (By Courage Not Craft)
War Cry: "An Gordonach, An Gordonach" or "A Gordon, A Gordon"
Clan Saying: "Do Well and let them say ... A Gordon! A Gordon!"
Nickname given the clan: "The Gey Gordons"
(gey means overwhelming)
Clan Tartans & District Tartans Associated with the Gordons
Clan Tunes:
The Chief's Own Tune:
Cock o' the North
The Clan March: Gordon's March
Piobaireachd: Failte, and Spaidsearachd nan Gordonach (The Gordon Salute)
The Clan Dance: Marquis of Huntly's Highland Fling
Personal Arms of the Marquis of Huntly
(Pictured right)

Quarterly (means shield divided into four sections)

CREST: Issuant from a ducal coronet or a stag's head and neck affrontee proper
attired with ten tynes of the first,  all encircled within a chaplet of rock ivy proper.(Note
the crest on the Clan Standard below shows issuent from a crest coronet and
ensigned with the coronet of a marquis)  
MOTTO: Bydand (see below left for

On a compartment (mound upon which the supporters stand) embellished with rock
ivy, two deerhounds argent (silver) collared gules, charged three buckels (red collar
with three buckles) are the usual supporters for the Huntly arms, as seen in the
carvings at Huntly Castle. (See left above for a representation of the arms depicting
the supporters.)

Since these are the personal arms of the chief, they are NOT for use by the
Clansmen and women.
Scottish heraldry permits the use of the Clan Chief's crest
belted to differentiate it as a clansman's insignia and all who are eligible to
become members of the House of Gordon are allowed the use of the Clansman's
 The Gordon Clansman Badge (also known as a cap badge) is pictured at
the top of each page in this site. There is no description for the color of the belt and
therefore it may be depicted proper, or, argent, or in any of the prominent colors of the
clan. In the case of the Gordons it is often green or blue. Below are alternate
depictions of the Clansman's Badge. Traditionally a piece of the plant badge (Rock
Ivy for the Gordons) would be worn on the hat to identify a clansman. Those men with
more wealth would wear a cap badge mounted over a piece of tartan to identify their
clan affiliation.
Bydand is the current clan
motto and means abiding or
remaining. Possible origin is
the term Byde and  Fecht
meaning to stand and fight. The
Fecht was dropped because it
was understood that if one
was going to stand one would

The older clan motto is Animo
non Astutia, which means By
courage not craft.

These arms are NOT for use by
ABOVE: The Marquis of
Huntly's Crest.
LEFT: The Gordon Clansman's
Badge in three differing
The Standard of the Gordon Clan consists of a pennant shaped flag. On the hoist is the St. Andrew's Cross. The fly is
divided horizontally in azure and or (blue and gold). Upon the fly immediately following the hoist is the Crest of the
Marquis of Huntly and then two oblique red sashes emblazoned or the Clan War Cry  'AnGordonach' and finally the
Clan Motto 'Bydand'. Interspersed are five leaves of rock ivy Proper 1, 2 and 2 respectively. The Standard was used as
a rallying point for the Clan in battle and contained the Clan Insignia which were readily recognizable to the clansmen.
All Scottish Standards contain the St. Andrew's Cross on the hoist.

Thanks to the Virginia Division for allowing us to duplicate their Clan Insignia Page!
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