Scottish crest badges are heraldic badges used by members of scottish clans to show their allegiance to a specific clan or clan chief even though they are commonly used by clan members the heraldic crest and motto within the crest badge belong only to the clan chief never the clan member. The clan is a concept which dates back to the 12th century the scottish clans were originally extended networks of families who had loyalties to a particular chief but the word clan is derived from the gaelic clann meaning literally children. The scottish clan system seems to have been pretty well established by the 11th and 12th century but signs of their existence go back as far as the 6th century the word clan comes from the gaelic word clann which meant family offspring . Scottish clans from gaelic clann progeny give a sense of identity and shared descent to people in scotland and to their relations throughout the world with a formal structure of clan chiefs recognised by the court of the lord lyon king of arms which acts as an authority concerning
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