johnstone clan

Johnstone Crest Jewelry - Signet Rings, Pendants, Cufflinks, Bracelets and more - Direct from the manufacturers.

There are many spelling variations for the Clan  Johnstone surname. Included are several families (known as Septs) with different surnames from the original Clan name. Throughout the centuries, surnames have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original Johnstone spelling. 

The  Johnstone Clan Crest which, all members are entitled to wear, is from the crest on the top of the Clan Johnstone Chief’s “Coat of Arms”. The complete Johnstone Coat of Arms is displayed only by the Clan Chief and passes down directly to his eldest son. The wearing of your Clan Chief’s Crest, is a way of honoring your Chief, your Clan association and your Scottish Family Ancestry.

We make this range of Clan  Johnstone Crest Jewelry and Johnstone Clan Crest as your link to your Scottish bloodline. 


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Clan Chief:          The Rt. Hon. Patrick Andrew Wentworth Hope

                        Johnstone, Earl of Annandale and Hartfell.

Origin of Name:  "Iain" Gaelic for John

Gaelic Name:       Maclain

Clan Crest:           A winged spur

Clan Motto:          Nunquam non paratus (Never unprepared)

Lands:                   Borders and Aberdeenshire


Clan Johnston is one of the greatest Clans ever to inhabit the borders, an area renowned throughout Scotland for its lawlessness. A hardy people, the Johnstons fared well in their turbulent territory, quick to defend their family and possessions in the face of any aggression. While the Johnstons were not indisposed to a little cross-border cattle raiding, they were also highly regarded for their loyalty to the Scottish Crown. The Johnstons well utilised the location of their lands, ensuring that the English did not encroach into Scottish territory, but would often cross the border whenever they fancied the taste of some prime English beef.

The earliest recorded Johnston appears in the 12th Century, a prominent border settler by the name of John Johnston. The Clan Johnston soon rose to prominence, and by 1381 John’s great-grandson had been appointed the Warden of the Western Marshes. His son, Adam, Laird of Johnston, fought bravely for the Scottish cause at the Battle of Sark in 1448. This tradition of fealty to the Crown was to be a family tradition, and Adam’s son stood firmly beside James II during the King’s conflicts with the powerful House of Douglas. A grateful monarch rewarded Clan Johnston with the lands of Buittle and Sannoch in Galloway, adding to the Clan’s border territories.

The Clan Johnston’s influence was such that serious discord arose between the Clan and their neighbours, the Clan Maxwell. This conflict continued over successive generations, with each Clan vying for supremacy over the Borders. The long standing war between the Johnstons and the Maxwells came to a head at the Battle of Dryfe Sands in 1593. On this day, the great Lord Maxwell, reputedly the most powerful man in the south-west of Scotland, lost his life to a Johnston blade. Unable to defeat the Johnstons on the battlefield, the Maxwells resorted to treachery to exact their revenge. In 1608, the chiefs of Clan Johnston and Clan Maxwell met in an effort to end the years of bloodshed, but the 9th Lord Maxwell had other plans. As the meeting was being conducted, Maxwell brutally murdered the Johnston chief, an act of villainy which earned him the hangman’s noose in 1614.

Clan Johnston’s tradition of loyalty to the Crown continued down through the centuries, increasing their power and influence throughout the Borders. In particular, the Johnstons’ support for Charles I during the 17th Century Civil War made them an honoured Clan in the annals of Scottish history. In 1633, Charles I created Sir James Johnston the Lord Johnston, and ten years later Sir James was made the Earl of Hartfell. After Charles I’s defeat in the Civil War, both the chief and his eldest son were imprisoned by the victorious Roundhead army in the Castles of Dumbarton, Glasgow, St Andrews and Edinburgh. After the Stuart monarches returned to the throne, Charles II rewarded the Clan’s loyalty by creating Lord Hartfell the Earl of Annandale and Hartfell, Viscount of Annan, Lord Johnston of Lochwood, Lochmaben, Moffatdale and Evandal. The Clan gained further honours when William, the 3rd Earl of Annandale and Hartfell was raised to the Marquess of Annandale in 1701, a distinguished reward for his services as Secretary of State and the President of the Privy Council.

The Clan chief is Patrick Andrew Wentworth Hope Johnston, 11th Earl of Annandale and Hartfell.

In 1985 the House of Lords recognized the Chief's claim to the long-dormant titles of Earl of Annandale and Hartfell.

The Clan Johnston crest is a winged spur and the proud Johnstone clan motto reads "Nunquam non paratus" meaning in Latin "Never unprepared".

Our Scottish Heritage is the common bond that unites our Johnstone family name forever.