Tartan: Clan Morrison Society (Scotland):
The green Clan Morrison Society Tartan (Scotland) is a variant of the MacKay sett with a red stripe. In the absence of an identifiable Morrison Tartan, the Society selected a MacKay sett and added a red stripe.
The selection was based on the Morrison ties with the MacKays. Ay Mac Hormaid (Morrison) fell in love with, and married, the daughter of the Bishop of Caithness. Her dowry was the whole of Durness on the mainland, and 60 Morrison families relocated there in the 1600′s.
RED(Lyon Court Book #21, 03 Jan. 1968).
It was reported that in the 1930′s, workers demolishing a “Black House” on the island of Lewis, discovered an old bible wrapped in a scarlet tartan. An enclosed note, dated 1745, identified the tartan as belonging to the Morrisons. It was officially recognized as the Morrison Tartan by the Lord Lyon on January 3, 1968. It was first worn again at the 1964 Clan Gathering.
Members of the Clan Morrison are entitled to wear either tartan. Both are available in modern (bright aniline dyes, ncient (lighter vegetable dyes) or weathered (muted tones similar to those used in Brave Heart) variants.
The CLAN MEMBERS’ BADGE consists of the Chief’s Crest within a strap and buckle bearing the Chief’s Motto. By wearing it, the clan member acknowledges himself to be a follower of the owner of the crest. The crest is a part of Dr. Iain Morrison’s personal heraldic achievement. Technically speaking, it is not the clan crest and one should not claim it as my crest.
The Chief’s Arms include a motto above the crest (TEAGHLACH PHABBAY) and a slogan (DUN EISTEIN) in a compartment below the shield. This was done to encompass both the Harris and Lewis branches of the family. Dr. Iain Morrison traces his lineage to Phabbay, and TEAGHLACH PHABBAY (the family of Phabbay) is his personal motto.
Other Badges and Slogans
Family of Pabbay
(pronounced “Dun Esh-ten”)
The name of the ancient Morrison stronghold on the Isle of Lewis