People, Places & History
The Chief of the Clan, Kenneth Trist Urquhart of Urquhart
The Urquhart’s hereditary Scottish seat is Castle Craig, the old Urquhart stronghold on the Cromarty Firth, northeast of Inverness. He also holds the lands of Urchard overlooking Loch Meikle in Glen Urquhart. The Urquhart holds three academic degrees, and has done a great deal of original research in Civil War military history and American and Scottish family history. During his professional career, he was Director of the Confederate Museum in New Orleans. He has been associated with several universities, libraries and research institutions. He now devotes himself full time to historical research and Clan Urquhart activities. A member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, he is also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, and many other organizations. He served as President of the Louisiana Historical Association and as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Civil War Centennial Commission. He is on the Board of Directors of the Hermitage Foundation and Patron of the Craigston Castle Trust. He served for several years as an officer in the 141st Field Artillery (Washington Artillery) of New Orleans. He became the 27th Hereditary Chief of Clan Urquhart in 1974, succeeding his father, Wilkins Fisk Urquhart. The Urquhart resides in New Orleans with his wife, Mary Virginia. They are the parents of five children.
Clan Crest Badge
All Clansmen are entitled to wear this distinctive insignia which consists of a lady from the waist upward issuing from a crest coronet and brandishing in her right hand a sword and in her left hand a palm sapling, encircled by a strap and a buckle bearing the motto, “Meane Weil, Speak Weil, and Doe Weil.” The clan crest badge identifies those who use it as members of Clan Urquhart and signifies their loyalty to The Urquhart, Chief of the Clan, whose crest and motto are embodied in the badge.
The People & Places Of The Clan
TRIBUTE TO THE CHIEF’S PIPER
1939 – 2009
On July 24th, 2009, during Clan Urquhart’s International Gathering in Edinburgh, The Urquhart, and members of Clan Urquhart paid tribute to Duncan and awarded him in memoriam the Chief’s silver medal Clan Urquhart’s highest award . Before Duncan’s sudden passing, it had been the Chief’s intent to present his Piper with the medal during the 2009 Gathering in recognition of his many years of outstanding service to Clan Urquhart.