Jardine Clan Crest: A six pointed spur rowel.
Jardine Clan Motto: Cave Adsum (Beware I am present).
Jardine Clan History:
The surname of du Jardin was recorded at the Battle of Hastings in 1066
and it is assumed that the family, which takes its name from the French
word for a garden, moved in the following century to Kendal, in Westmorland,
then to the Wandel and Hartside area of Lanarkshire by the 13th century.
Winfredus de Jardin witnessed Charters for both Arbroath Abbey and Kelso
Abbey during the reign of David I. Another Charter for Arbroath Abbey from
Robert Bruce, ancestor of King Robert I, was witnessed by Humphrey de Jardin
in 1178. Rendering homage to Edward I of England for lands held in Linlithgow
in 1296 is a Jorden del Orchard, assumed to be of the same Jardine family.
By the 14th century, the Jardines were firmly established at Applegirth
on the River Annan, in Dumfriesshire, and from here springs the Chiefly
line. In the early 16th century, Sir Alexander de Jardine and his
son, John, were preoccupied with defending the Border land against the
English. By 1573 the Jardines were confirmed in their lands of Jardinefield
in Berwickshire, Applegirth and Sibbaldbie in Dumfrieshire, Hartside and
Wandel in Lanarkshire, and Kirkandrews in Kirkudbrightshire. The Clan supported
Mary Queen of Scots until her marriage to the Earl of Bothwell, when they
transferred their allegiance to the child James VI.
In 1672, Alexander Jardine of Applegirth was created a Nova Scotia Baronet.
The 4th Baronet joined the Sovereign Order of Malta and died in Brussels.
He was succeeded by his brother, Sir William. Thereafter, the Baronetcy
and Chiefship passed steadily through the generations to the current, 24th
Frank Jardine, a nephew of the 7th Baronet, married Princess Sana, niece
of the King of Samoa and called his estate in the new State of Queensland
in Australia, Lockerbie. The Reverend John Jardine (1716 - 1766) was Dean
of the Thistle and a co-founder of The Edinburgh Review. Dr William
Jardine (1784-1843), a surgeon, co-founded the Jardine Matheson trading
empire in Hong Kong. The Buchanan-Jardine Family of Castle Milk,
in Dumfriesshire, are his descendants, the 2nd Baronet having adopted the
additional surname of Buchanan.
Surname distribution in Scotland: The highest concentrations of the Jardine
name occur in Dumfries and Galloway (Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire
and Wigtownshire), Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.
Places of Interest:
Jardine Hall, situated on River Annan, Dumfriesshire. An elegant mansion
built in 1814 for Sir William Jardine of Applegirth, an eminent ornithologist.
Spedlins Tower, on the River Annan, Dumfriesshire. It was abandoned
in the late 17th century.
Personalised Clan Jardine membership certificates.