Clan Galbraith

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Welcome to Clan Galbraith

Clan Galbraith Team
Team Leader
Team Members Porter Fann
Clan Chief:
Crest: bear's head couped argent muzzled azure
Motto: Ab Obice Suavior (Gentler Because of the Obstruction)
Slogan/War Cry:
Region: Lowlands
Historic Seat: Culcreuch Castle
Plant badge:
Pipe music:
Gaelic name: gall ("stranger") + Breathnach ("Briton"), meaning "British foreigner"

Clan Team

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Galbraith together with members bearing the name Galbraith, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Galbraith.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Galbraith on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Galbraith.


There is no official list of recognised septs. This is a matter for each chief to determine. But where a particular sept has traditionally been associated with a particular clan it would not be appropriate for that name to be treated by another clan chief as one of its septs.

Clan History

Motto - Archaic
Ab Obice Suavior: "Gentler Because of the Obstruction"
Motto - Current
Ab Obice Saevior: "All The Stronger When Opposed"

Historic seat Culcreuch Castle

Tartan Russell / Mitchell / Hunter

Clan Branches

Other Names Associated with the Clan

  • Galberth
  • Galbreath
  • Galbreth
  • Gilbraith
  • Gilbreath
  • Gilbreth
  • Gilreath
  • Calbreath
  • Colbath
  • Colbreath
  • Culbreth
  • Kilbreath
  • Kilbreth
  • Kulbeth

Allied Clans

Rival Clans

Clan Research and Free Space Pages

  • Galbraith Name Study
  • 22 Jun 2018 email exchange between Fann Fann and the President of the Clan Galbraith Association clarifies that though Ab Obice Suavior has been used in the past, and Thomas Galbraith Lord Stratclydes continues to use it, the determination of The Court of the Lord Lyon heraldic authority for Scotland was that "I confirm that all Galbraiths with the motto "Ab Obice Suavier" clearly show it in that form rather than "Ab Obice Saevior". No mottoes or crests are given in the early Armorials for Galbraith Arms and we have no indication of the motto having [sic have] been "Ab Obice Saevior". It may be that originally it should have been this form but all I can state is that no recording of this form appears in Lyon Register." Thus, from a technical standpoint, the licensed and recognized Motto, in use under The Lord Lyon and by the Clan Galbraith Association is properly "Ab Obice Suavier", translated as All The Stronger When Opposed.

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The link for Galbraith Name Study needs updated.

If you wouldn't mind adding me back in, the person that was with the current association seems to have left. And, I changed my preferred name to Porter Fann.

Thanks, and please let me know if any questions.

posted by Porter Fann
All fixed. Thank you very much Porter!
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

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