Clan Gayre

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Clan Gayre or Clan Gair purports to be a Highland Scottish clan.

Origins of the Clan[edit]

Robert Gayre of Gayre and Nigg (original name Robert Gair), the father of the present chief, created the clan after World War II. He is the chief source for most of the information in the Clan's Wikipedia article, which can be found nowhere else. Critics of Robert Gayre claim he invented the Clan and its history out of thin air.

Gayre claimed to be the Chief of "Clan Gayre" and "Clan Gayre and Nigg". In 1947, he wrote a book titled Gayre's Booke: Being a History of the Family of Gayre [1] in which he presented an ancestry that supposedly established his claim to be the chieftain of the Clan of Gayre; however no clan or sept by that name is mentioned in any record prior to Gayre's use of it in the second quarter of the 20th century.[2] World Orders of Knighthood and Merit by Guy Stair Sainty (published by Burke's Peerage) refers to Gayre as "...the late Robert Gayre (first Chief of the newly formed Clan Gayre)...".[3] The Glasgow Herald Newspaper, on June 14, 1975, wrote "Robert Gayre, of Gayre and Nigg, is singular among genealogists, dynasts and the like, if only for the reason that, along among them, he has been able to create a Scottish clan from scratch, providing it with traditions, rituals, precedences and privileges..." [2]

Clan Crests & Badges[edit]

  • Crest: Issuing from a crest coronet Or, of four (three visible) strawberry leaves, a mount Vert.
  • Motto: Super astra spero (I hope beyond the stars) On Compartment Sero sed serio (Late but in earnest).
  • Plant badge: Variegated bay or noble laurel Proper berries Purpure.
  • Guidon: Barry of five Argent and Vert a cross moline Sable.
  • Pinsel: Vert, a mount Vert issuant from a crest coronet Or within a strap of leather Sable buckled and embellished Or inscribed with the Motto ‘Super astra spero’ in letters Or all within a circlet Or bearing the title ‘Gayre of Gayre and Nigg’ in letters Gules and in the fly an Escrol Or surmounting a sprig of variegated bay or noble laurel Proper, berries Purpure, bearing the Slogan ‘An Gayre’ in letters Gules
  • Standard: The Arms in the hoist, and of two tracts Argent and Vert semée of sprigs of golden or variegated bay or laurel Proper fructed Purpure, upon which is depicted a lion rampant guardant Sable supporting a spear Or pointed Argent in first compartment, the crest and a fret engrailed Gules in the second compartment, and a fleur de lis Sable charged with a mullet Or, on a wreath Or composed of four roses Gules, seeded Gold, barbed Vert, set saltireways in the 3rd compartment, along with theSlughorn ‘An Gayre’ in letters Or upon two transverse bands Gules
  • Supporters: (on a compartment embellished with variegated bay or laurel Proper, berries Purpure) Dexter, a lion rampant Sable, armed and langued Gules holding with the dexter forepaw a lance Or pointed Argent, charged on the dexter shoulder with a Knot of Savoy Or; sinister, an ermine Proper langued Gules holding with the sinister forepaw a staff Or entwined with ivy leaves Proper fructed Purpure, charged on the sinister shoulder with a Knot of Savoy Or.
  • Arms: Quarterly, 1st & 4th, Argent, a fleur de lis Sable, in the dexter chief point a mullet Vert (Gayre); 2nd & 3rd, Ermine, a fret engrailed Gules (McCulloch of Nigg.
  • Standard: The Arms in the hoist, and of two tracts Argent and Vert semée of sprigs of golden or variegated bay or laurel Proper fructed Purpure, upon which is depicted a lion rampant guardant Sable supporting a spear Or pointed Argent in first compartment, the crest and a fret engrailed Gules in the second compartment, and a fleur de lis Sable charged with a mullet Or, on a wreath Or composed of four roses Gules, seeded Gold, barbed Vert, set saltireways in the 3rd compartment, along with theSlughorn ‘An Gayre’ in letters Or upon two transverse bands Gules
  • Additional badges: (1) A cross moline Sable (granted by the Chief Herald of Ireland); (2a) on a mount Vert a castle with three turrets Proper masoned Sable, fenestrated and port and caps Gules, flagged Argent a fleur de lis Sable; (2b) a fleur de lis Sable ensigned of a coronet Or (granted by the Council and Bureau of Heraldry of South Africa)

Clan Chief[edit]

The current chief of the Clan Gayre is Reinold Gayre of Gayre and Nigg.

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