Who are you?

Me? I am Roseanna Johnston Kilgore. I am the oldest daughter of H. D. (Ted) Johnston and Linda Sue (Bell) Johnston. I have been married for 13 years to Standifer Burt Kilgore. We have three daughters – ages 11, 10 and 7. In 2001, we moved back from Atlanta to live in “The Cove” in Sequatchie County, TN. That’s me… in a nutshell.

Do you have a copy of the Johnston badge?

badge This is the winged spur badge of the Annandale Johnstons. The badge for the Caskieben Johnstons is a phoenix in flames.

The clan badge is supposedly derived from the custom of having the servants of great men wear their master’s crests on their clothing. Similarly, it is claimed that clan chiefs gave representations of their crests to their followers. Most likely, the present custom probably dates from the Victorian era.

The Johnston Clan crest for the Annandale badge consists of the Chief’s crest (a winged spur) enclosed in a conventional representation of a “strap and buckle,” upon which is inscribed the Chief’s motto, which is Latin for “Never Unprepared.”




What does the Johnston Coat of Arms look like?

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The Johnstons, as vassals of the Bruces (The first Lords of Annandale) wore for their arms, a silver shield with a black saltire and a red chief. The next Lords of Annandale were the Randolphs, and the Johnstons, in order to show their allegiance to their new masters, put three gold cushions on the red chief of their shields. When they were raised to peerage, their arms were confirmed and were officially described as “Argent (silver colored) with a Saltire Sable (black diagonal cross) on a Chief Gules (red).” When Robert Bruce became King of Scotland, he conferred the Crest of the “Winged Spur” upon the Johnston messenger.

Do the Johnstons have a tartan?

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Most Scottish clan tartans accepted as such today are no older than the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Many are much younger. The Johnston or Johnstone tartan first made its appearance in the apocryphal Vestiarium Scoticum, which was published in 1842 by two brothers who claimed to be grandsons of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The Vestiarium Scoticum purported to be a copy of an ancient manuscript detailing the tartans of the various clans, but it was almost certainly a forgery. Nonetheless, many tartans revered today had their origins in this work.

In spite of the doubtful source of many of them, clan tartans have remained very popular and and have come to symbolyze Scottish culture to most of the world. By now, clan tartans have become standarized and have developed a tradition of their own.

People sometimes mistake the Johnston/e tartan for the Gordon tartan. Actually, the only thing they have in common is the green, blue and yellow colors. There are a number of tartans with these colors, but it is the pattern, or sett, which really distingishes one tartan from another. The Johnston/e tartan is fairly simple, and is composed of alternating broad stipes of blue and green. The blue stripe has three narrow black stipes running through the middle. The green stripe also has three narrow stripes in the middle, but the center narrow stripe is yellow. The alternating pattern is woven in both directions (warp and weft), forming a symetrical check. Usually it is made in a twill weave, which means the weaving is done “over two, under two.”

When the Johnston/e tartan is woven in deep, dark colors, it is termed “modern,” which simply means that modern chemical dyes have been used. When woven in soft, muted colors, simulating vegitable dyes, the tartan is termed “ancient.” A third version, usually termed “weathered” or “reproduction,” has colors which are supposed to look like tartan which has aged a long time.

You have a copy of the Annandale badge but  do you have the Caskieben?

caskieben_badgeThe image that I have for the Caskieben Johnstons isn’t as nice as the one I have for the Annandale clan. If you have a better one, please feel free to post it!

The Johnston/e Clan crest for Caskieben consists of a phoenix in flames enclosed in a “strap and buckle,” upon which is inscribed the Caskieben motto, which is Latin for “Live, So That You Will Live in the Future.”





What is the slogan or logo for the Johnston clan? Print E-mail
The original war cry or slogan of Clan Johnston/e of Annandale was “Light Thieves All,” which was a demand to the enemy to dismount and surrender. This slogan was also used as the first motto in the Chief’s arms in the early seventeenth century. Later, the Chief adopted the current motto, Nunquam Non Paratus, which means “Never Unprepared.” Sometimes the Chief’s present motto is translated as “Ready, Aye Ready” or simply “Aye Ready,” which is also used as a slogan.
What is the significance of the Hawthorn? Print E-mail
Red Hawthorn Septs: Annandale: Marjoribanks, Rome

Red Hawthorn is the plant badge of the Clan. This could be an invention of the nineteenth century tartan mania. Border clans did not normally use plant badges which were characteristic of highlandclans.

Legend has it that in battle the Johnston/e’s could always be identified because they always wore sprigs of the red hawthorn on their helmets.

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