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Charles George Davidson

Arms: Azure, on a fess arched Argent, between two pheons, points downwards in chief Or and a boar's head erased in base of the Last armed Argent, a buck couchant Gules attired Sable

Crest: a shag statant, wings expanded and inverted Proper


Granted: The Court of the Lord Lyon 20th March 1990. Lyon Register, Volume 73, folio 48.

The earliest recorded grant of Arms in Aberdeenshire was to Alexander Davidson of Caimbrogie in the Garioch, - Azure on a fess couped Argent between three pheons Or, a buck couchant Gules attired Sable. He is believed to be descended from Patrick Davidson ca. 1530 -1590 Kintyre Pursuivant, Ross Herald in 1567

My family can be traced back through my grandfather, a fourth son, to an Alexander Davidson, of the Garioch, Aberdeenshire, who raised a court action in 1780 and was born after the '45. The Garioch Davidsons were all of the same stock and traditionally known as descendants of the Provost, Robert Davidson who fell at the battle of Harlaw. A son or grandson of Robert was Armiger to the Huntly Gordons. No record of his arms survive but in the next century the pheon was used as seal by Davidsons, as was the older version of Cairnbrogie arms above.

Lord Lyon, Malcolm Innes of Edingight, is of a North East family, and was familiar with the Davidson family connections. When he drew up my arms he differenced the earlier arms of Cairnbrogie by arching the fess and replacing the lower pheon with the Gordon Boar's head erased, - for my maternal grandmother was of the Glenbuckat and Tomintoul Gordons (Knockespock) - Azure a pheon between three boars' heads erased Or.

The crest and the motto are my own suggestions. My father was of seafaring stock and I served during the last war in the Fleet Air Arm. Further, much of my working life was spent Factoring and travelling throughout the Islands of the Northern and Western seaboards of Scotland. I felt the "Scarff' or Northern Diver hitherto unknown in Heraldry, was appropriate. I grew up speaking the medieval Scots of the Northeast and was repeatedly told that that our family motto was "Gang wir ain Gait"
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