I have been requested to write for
the Clan something about my banner, which was paraded for
the first time in some seventy years at the Ballater Games
in August 2005.
In size, it is four square feet, the Coat of Arms largely
occupying this space and being hand painted onto its cream
silk, the flag's border being trimmed in red silk. It is
old, exactly how old I do not know. However, I do know
that it is one of a pair of banners that were carried by
the contingent of Farquharson men when they paraded annually
at the Braemar Games in full Highland uniform, which they
continued to do up until the start of the Second World
War. Existent early photographs taken more than a century
ago give proof of this.
The Coat of Arms displayed are those granted to my ancestor
Catherine Farquharson of Invercauld who registered them
in 1805 when she succeeded her father, being the only
surviving child of a family of eleven.
Alan Caig leads the Clan Farquharson parade at the
Ballater Games 2005 with the Chief’s Banner
The wildcat supporters of these arms may appear somewhat
feminine in style, artistic license perhaps in deference
to the succession of a Chieftainess?
In factual nature, wild cats have short bushy tails,
which together with distinctive tufted ears give
them a more
aggressive appearance; and they are depicted in this
manner in my own Coat of Arms.
These banners when paraded used to be attached to
long slender poles painted in heather colour, with
finials at their tops in the shape of thistles
Alas, these poles have disappeared.
Banners such as these bearing the Chief's Arms
should only be paraded in his presence.
This banner is indeed a treasured and historic
heirloom, and it will therefore be understood
of its age and fragile condition permission for
outdoors can be given only on occasion when the
weather is sufficiently favourable.
Alwyne Farquharson of Invercauld, November 2005