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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
A new Armiger for Clan Shaw

On 1, May 2002, William G.A. Shaw of Issaquah, Washington was granted the Name, Arms and Territorial Designation as the Representer of the House of Shaw of Easter Lair by H.M. Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms for Scotland. Established in 1318 by Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, the Court of the Lord Lyon is the primary armorial and titular adjudicating body in Scotland, and is the most influential armorial and heraldic body of its kind in Europe in modern times. Mr. Shaw inherits the title and arms as the Tanist of his uncle, the late William Iain Gordon Shaw of Easter Lair and is the twelfth of his line.

The Shaws of Easter Lair are the senior armigerous family of the Shaws of Crathienaird, a vigorous sept or branch of the Scottish Highland Clan Shaw that settled firstly in the Balmoral area of Aberdeenshire at Crathienaird in 1633. In 1710 most of the small clan emigrated en masse to the Glen Shee and Glen Isla area of Perthshire. Clan Shaw is also a part of the great Clan Chattan, an ancient tribal and military confederacy that lasted from 1291 until 1746.

Members of the Shaw clan in Glen Shee and Glen Isla enthusiastically contributed their skills as warriors in the Stuart Jacobite Risings against the Hanoverian Governments of both King George I and II. In the 1715 Rising, some served under the banner of their cousin and neighbor, John Farquharson of Invercauld (the Chief of Clan Farquharson) as a part of the Clan Chattan regiment. During the 1745 Rising, many Glen Shee Shaws also served as Officers in the Farquharson contingent of a family friend, Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie (the famous 'Baron Ban' of Jacobite legend). During the harsh periods of Hanoverian reprisal in the Highlands after the failure of the 1745 Rising, the more peaceful members of the Shaw family up and down Glen Shee and Glen Isla also actively assisted their now 'Outlawed and Rebell' kin and clan that had 'taken to the heather' smuggling them food, clothing, weapons and the latest military intelligence to assist them in evading the brutality of the English regimental pickets in the district.

During the less turbulent periods of Highland history, the Glen Shee and Glen Isla Shaws were farmers, mercenaries and both cattle drovers and rustlers. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, they were farmers, accountants, Episcopalian ministers, Clan Shaw historians and amateur sabre-fencers, stockbrokers, Roman Catholic mother superiors and monks, decorated military officers, writers, artists, journalists, musicians and pioneers in aviation and travel. Emigrating from Scotland to Canada in 1910 and to the Pacific Northwest of the United States a few years later, the Shaw of Easter Lair family continued to maintain their Celtic and Scottish Highland culture, history, traditions and links to their clan lands of old. From the early 19th century they have worn the Glen Shee, Mac Duff, Mackintosh, Clan Chattan and the modern Shaw tartans, and continue to do so today.

Aside from his tribal duties as a Gentleman of his Clan and now Head of his Territorial House, William Shaw of Easter Lair was appointed by John Charles Shaw of Tordarroch, the 22nd Chief of the worldwide Highland Clan, Family and Name of Shaw as the Seannachaidh, or Chief Bard, Poet and Historian of the now worldwide Clan in 1995. Mr. Shaw is the great-great-great grandson of the Rev. William G. Shaw, Minister of Forfar, (Angus-shire) who was also the Seannachaidh of Clan Shaw from the early 1860's until his death in 1874.

From 1996 to 2000, William Shaw also held a Commission as a Lieutenant to the Chief of Clan Shaw, registered in the Court of the Lord Lyon. He is also is the U.S. Member of Council for the Clan Chattan Association, based in Inverness, Scotland.

Living on Squak Mountain in Issaquah, WA., Shaw of Easter Lair is married to Mary Beth Haggerty-Shaw and together they have two children, Liam and Mora. He is active in the Pacific Northwest Scottish and Celtic community. Easter Lair Farm is in Glen Shee, Perthshire.

As decreed by the H.M. Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms for Scotland, the Ensigns Armorial are thus:

Crest: A demi lion Gules, holding in the dexter paw a sword Proper hilted and pommelled Or.
Shield: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Or, a lion rampant Gules, armed and langued Azure; 2nd and 3rd, Argent, a fir-tree growing out of a mound in base Vert, in the dexter canton a dexter hand couped at the wrist holding a dagger, point downwards, all Gules, overall at the center point a torteau charged with a wolf's head erased Argent, langued Azure.
Slughorn (or battle cry): "NA BEAN RIS A CHAT"

The newly established Arms design features two main heraldic symbols: a Fir Tree on a Mound and the Lion Rampant. The fir tree reflects Mr. Shaw's descent from the Mackintosh Shaw Thanes of Rothiemurchus. Rothiemurchus is part of the great Caledonian Forest. The mound reflects 'the Doune' the ancient hill-fort of which the main family of Clan Shaw held from the fourteenth to the late sixteenth century. The lion traces his lineage via the Chiefs of Clan Mackintosh to the ancient Mac Duff Earls of Fife to the oldest line of the King of Scots via Aedh or Aethelred, the eldest son of King Malcolm II (Ceann Mhor), circa 1080. With Glen Shee and nearby Strath Ardle being near the heart of Clan Robertson country, the center torteau (or circle) consists of a white Wolf's Head, which reflects the acquiring of Easter Lair in Glenshee by the marriage of James Shaw to Susann(a) Robertson, daughter and heiress of John Robertson of Bridgend in Strath Ardle in the years shortly after the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

"Fide et Fortitudine" is the ancient Latin motto of the Clan Shaw: 'by faith and fortitude'. The slogan "Na Bean Ris A Chat" proclaims in Gaelic the battle cry of Mr. Shaw's family: 'touch not the cat'. This is also the motto of the Clan Chattan, of which the Highland Clan Shaw and the Shaws of Easter Lair are a part.

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For additional information contact:
William G. A. Shaw of Easter Lair
Wester Crathienaird
260 Mount Pilchuck S.W., Issaquah, WA. 98027
tel. 425.392.6511 ~ e-mail:



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