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

There are several spelling variations for the Clan Cumming surname. Included are 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 Cumming spelling. 

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

We make this Scottish collection of Clan Cumming Crest Jewelry and Wall Crest as your link to your Scottish Ancesrty.

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CUMMING CLAN History
CUMMING CLAN

 

Clan Chief:           The 23rd Clan Chief is Sir Alistair Gordon Cumming, Bart. 

Gaelic Name:       Cuimean

Origin of name:    From the town of Comines near the France/Belgian

                          border.

Clan Crest:            A Lion rampant, in his dexter paw a dagger.

Clan Motto:           Courage.

Lands:                    Altyre, Moray, Scotland.

 

For centuries Clan Cumming was one of the most powerful families in Scotland, bound closely to the monarchy and controlling large estates throughout the land. Known also as the Comyns, the Clan are decended from a Norman knight, Robert de Comyn, who fought alongside William I in his conquest of England. In reward for his valour, he was made Earl of Northumberland in 1069. His grandson, Richard Comyn, was invited to Scotland by David I, who made him Chancellor and granted him land in Roxburghshire. By the 13th Century the Comyns exerted great power, holding the three earldoms of Menteith, Angus and Buchan, and the Lordship of Badenoch. The Comyns had a double claim to the throne, through their bloodline’s link to the Celtic King Duncan, and by the marriage of the Black Comyn into the Balliol family. The Balliol claim to the Scottish throne was upheld with John Balliol being crowned King of Scotland in 1292.



When Balliol abdicated in 1296, Scotland was without a king, and there were many contenders for the throne. With the infamous English monarch Edward I as overlord of Scotland, it was a time of great pressure and politics for all those who wished to rise to fill the empty crown. The strongest claimants were Red Comyn, Lord of Badenoch, and Robert the Bruce, Earl of Carrick. Each was a man of ambition, and the two nobles developed an enmity as they vied to become King. In 1306, as the drive for Scottish independence gained momentum, Bruce attempted to win Comyn over to his side. The pair met in the church at Dumfries, but there was to be no reconciliation between two men of such calibre. An argument developed, and in the heat of the conflict, Bruce stabbed the Red Comyn to death. For such a heinous crime, Bruce was excommunicated, but Bruce still had himself crowned King. Robert the Bruce succeeded in his claim and went on to defeat the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The fruits of Bruce’s victory, were not tasted by the Cummings. Bruce had his old enemies outlawed and confiscated their estates, thus breaking one of the most powerful families in Scotland.

The Clan Cumming are of tenacious blood, and other branches of the Clan continued to flourish throughout the centuries. The old spelling of Clan Comyn changed through time to Clan Cumming, although there are still several variations on the name.

The 23rd Chief of the Clan Cumming is Sir Alistair Gordon Cumming of Lochtervandich and Auchry, Baronet of of Altyre and Gordonstoun.

The Clan crest is of a lion rampant with a dagger in his right paw and the proud Cumming clan motto reads "Courage"

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