Clan Rose

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Welcome to Clan Rose

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

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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 Rose on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Rose



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Clan Rose

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The Chief of the Clan is the head of the family of Rose of Kilravock (pronounced Kilraik), near Nairn in Scotland. The current Chief of the Clan is David Rose, 26th Baron of Kilravock. David was preceded by his maternal aunt, Anna Elizabeth Guillemard Rose, 25th of Kilravock who died in Nairn on December 9, 2012, aged 88 years.

Most genealogists now believe that the family of Rose are descended from a Norman family originating from the region of Caen in Normandy. Likely related to other families of that region, Bisset's and Bois, they arriving in England (Wiltshire and Dorset) with William the Conqueror. A charter is noticed[1] dated to c. 1280/1290, where an Elizabeth Bisset, daughter of the nobleman, the late Sir John Bisset, Lady of Kilravock and spouse of the late Sir Andrew del Bois, in her free widowhood, has given, granted, and by this her present charter established, to Hugh de Ros (Rose) and Mary his spouse, her daughter, and their heirs, in feu and heritage, all her land of Kilravock. Thus the lands and titles to Kilravock passed to the family of Rose and the title has remained to this time. During the early part of the Wars of Independence they were English knights and appear regularly amongst the knights of Edward I. and Edward II..

While history has, at times, interchanged the name with Ross there is no known genealogical link with the ancient family of Ross, ancient Mormaers of Ross.

Crest: A harp upon a chapea
Motto: Constant and True
Plant badge: (Andromeda media) Wild Rosemary

Arms of the family of Rose of Kilravock

The arms of the family of Rose of Kilravock show descendency from those of Rose, Baron of Hamlake (England). The arms depicted in Stodart[2] provide that Thomas de Ros, Baron of Hamlake (Helmsley on wikipedia), was the representative of the great house to which belonged William de Ros, a competitor for the crown of Scotland in 1296. He bore gules, three water bougets argent, is the blazon in the Caerlaverock Roll (a Roll of Arms of English knights at the Siege of Caerlaverock in 1300) and in the Armorial de Gelre, c. 1350.[3] A Godfrey de Ros of Tarbart is noticed in the time of Robert II., and his descendents bore, as vassals of the Stewarts, a chevron checquy placed between three water bougets, but the tincture of the field is or, thought by Stodart to be a distinction of overlord, but likely suggesting relation to the family of Kilravock who bore or as a tincture. Stodart mentions a Hugh Rose of Kilravock, contemporary with Godfrey (thus c. 1380) as also bearing water bougets. Also noticed[4] is a Rosse of Kinfaunis; bears three water bougets; no tinctures given. Sir James Balfour Paul gives the field as azure, the charges or.

Hugh Rose, c. 1370; carried a boar's head couped gules between their three water bougets, to indicate descent from the marriage, in 1364, of Hugh de Ros and Janet, daughter and heir of Sir Robert Chesholme (Chisholm), governor of Urquhart Castle. For some reason a number of web sources show the boar's head erased rather than couped.

Lord Ross; Ross of Halkhead. Also noticed in Stodart's work is Lord Ross. He clearly appears to have been descended from the Rose of Kilravock as he bears: First and fourth, or, a chevron checquy sable and argent between three water bougets of the second; second and third, gules, three crescents argent within a bordure of the second, charged with eight roses of the field; crest — a fox courant; motto — "Thynk on" supporters — two falcons. The crest was soon after changed to a falcon's head. Originally bore Or, a chevron chequey, sable and argent, between three water bougets of the second.[5]

William de Ros, Lord of

Helmsley, c. 1296

Hugh Rose, Laird of

Kilravock, c. 1300

Hugh Rose, Kilravock,

c. 1380 (post Chisholm)

Rose, Laird of

Kinfaunis, c. 1430

Godfrey de Ros, Laird of

Tarbet, c. 1380

Ros, Lord Ross

c. 1400

c. 1296 c. 1300 c. 1380 c. 1380 c. 1380 c. 1400

Names of the families

  • Rose of Kilravock
  • Rose of Ballivat
  • Rose of Balvraid
  • Rose of the Holm
  • Rose of Montreal, Bart.
  • Ross of Halkhead, Lord Ross.[6] This title is now extinct but it is probable that descendants may still exist. If so they could rightly claim Clan Rose rather than Clan Ross.

  1. People of Medieval Scotland citing Rose of Kilravock, 28-9 Kilravock
  2. Scottish arms : being a collection of armorial bearings, A.D. 1370-1678, reproduced in facsimile from contemporary manuscripts, with heraldic and genealogical notes; Robert Riddle Stodart; Volume 2, page 33
  3. Armorial de Gelre; Hugh de Ros and wikicommons
  4. Scottish arms : being a collection of armorial bearings, A.D. 1370-1678, reproduced in facsimile from contemporary manuscripts, with heraldic and genealogical notes; Robert Riddle Stodart; Volume 2, page 75
  5. A Display of Heraldry; Sir George Mackenzie; Chap IV, page 413
  6. The Scots peerage : founded on Wood's ed. of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland; containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom; Sir James Balfour Paul; Volume 7, pages 247 - 263


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