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Symbols, Arms & crests

clan motto

Amor Patitur Moras (Love Endures Delays)


sea & fish eagles

WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE (Haliaeetus Albicilla)

The Arms of the Chief and Lumsden of Innergellie both contain, as a Crest upon the helmet, an Earne or Sea Eagle. This animal can be found around the world in varied markings and sizes and a brief description of the  nown species makes for an interesting comparison of what was at one time, it is thought, just a single species, inhabiting the Indian sub-continent. This genus Halaeetus is considered, in fact, more closely related to Kites and, to a lesser extent, to Buzzards and Hawks rather than Eagles and the different species vary in size, with Sanford’s averaging 2.5 kg up to Stellar’s, which can reach 9 kg. The White Tail Sea Eagle can weigh up to 6.9 kg and the Bald Eagle up to 6.3 kg.

WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE (Haliaeetus Albicilla)

This is the bird, which features in the Lumsden Coats of Arms.
Found in scattered locations from Greenland, Northern Europe to North Asia, this bird has long suffered at the hands of man, but is now making a welcome recovery around Scotland and parts of England due to the  efforts of conservationists Its habitat is near large bodies of open water, both salt and fresh and require an abundant food supply and old growth trees or ample sea cliffs for nesting. An apex predator and, at times, a scavenger.
(The White Tailed Sea Eagle – photo by Christopher Műller)



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'beware in tyme', 'the lumsdens of the north'
& 'The Arms of Lumsden'

As a Family spread all over the world, we are not technically a Clan but rather a Family, and we have been extremely fortunate in having Archie Lumsden, who, over the past four decades, has put together a most comprehensive Family Tree going back to the earliest Lumsdens some nine hundred plus years ago.

His magnum opus is in the form of two volumes dealing with the two main branches of the Family, namely


Covering the genealogical history of the senior branch of the Lumsdens. Includes the families of Lumsdaine and Blanerne in Berwickshire and the families of Airdie, Innergellie, Mountquhannie, Rennyhill, Stravithie and Lathallan in Fife. 219 pages of text and B/W photographs, Family trees from 1210 to 2006 and full index.


A genealogical history of the descendants of Thomas Lumsden of Conland and Medlar, and the cadet families of Cushnie, Clova, Pitcaple, Belhelvie, Buchromb, Balmedie and Sluie, and the Edinburgh Lumisdens. 291 pages of text, many black and white illustrations, fully indexed, with a full set of Family trees from 1210 to 2004.

Both publications are available in CD form and as a digital E-book with PDF download and provide the perfect platform from which to conduct research. They are priced at £10.00 each (plus £1.00 p+p within the UK for the CD's).  Please email Gillem on

'The Arms of Lumsden'

A Lumsden Armorial. Available as a digital E-book with PDF download. £10.00






'beware in tyme' &
'the lumsdens of the north'
& 'The Arms of Lumsden'

Compiled for the House of Lumsden Association

Archie Lumsden FRAeS
Lumsden Sennachie

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