The entrance of the Colquhoun clan onto the Scottish scene came in 1241 when the Anglo-Norman Sir Humphrey de Kilpatrick was granted the lands and barony of Colquhoun, in Dunbartonshire, and subsequently took this place name as his family name.
Further valuable lands were acquired in 1368 when Sir Humphrey’s son, Sir Robert de Colquhoun, married the Fair Maid of Luss, daughter and heiress of the Lord of Luss, on the banks of Loch Lomond.
Frequently having to battle with rival clans such as the Macfarlanes and the MacGregors, including at the battle of Glenfruin in 1603, the Colquhouns survived only through having battle-axe and sword constantly to hand.
Fast-forwarding through the centuries to the First World War, the colourful Sir Iain Colquhoun, who kept a pet lion with him in the trenches of the Western Front, was also lightweight boxing champion of the British Army.
The proud tale of the Colquhouns is recounted here.