The Budges of Trotternish, Skye are descended from a very old Caithness
family, who settled originally on the lands of Toftingall, Caithness, around the 14th or
15th century. According to Hugh Macdonald, a Sky senachie to the House of Sleat, who
wrote in the reign of Charles II, the Budges came into Scotland from Ireland, as part of
the dowry of Margaret, daughter of Guy O'Kane, an Irish chieftain, when she married Angus
Og of Islay, the friend of Robert Bruce. Her "tocher" consisted of 140 men
of different surnames from her father's kingdom. Listed among these are the Butikes,
Budges in Caithness of whom is the Laird of Tolingail, Totingall.
The coat of arms was recorded in the Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland,
Vol.i, folio 119, on 8th February 1703 in the name of Donald Budge of Toftingall.
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