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Territory of the Ross clan

Map of Ross territory

The district of Ross was the home of the Clan Ross who are descended from the ancient Earls of Ross, the first of whom was created Earl by Alexander II for distinguished service in crushing a rebellion in Moray in 1215. Two important branches of the clan were the Rosses of Balnagowan and of Rariches.

for a more detailed map click on the above link

Arms & motto of the Ross clan:

Arms of Ross Clan Arms: Gules, three lions rampant, two and one argent.
Crest:A hand holding a garland of laurel proper.
Supporters: Two savages wreathed about head and loins with oak, holding clubs resting on their shoulders proper.
Ancient motto: "Spem successus alit" (Success nourishes hope)
Badge: Juniper
Ross trading card:  
card of Rear-Adm Ross

The card on the left was issued in 1927 by Mitchell cigarettes and reissued in 1993 by William Grant the distillers. It shows the Ross tartan and a portrait of Rear-Admiral Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862) Arctic and Antarctic explorer. He joined the navy in 1812. From 1819-33 he accompanied expeditions in search of the N.W.passage and the North Pole. In 1832 he discovered the Magnetic Pole. He commanded an expedition of discovery in the Antartic, 1839-43 and discovered Victoria Land, and in 1848-49 commanded a Franklin Relief expedition.

You can buy framed reproductions of these cards: scroll down for more info

Ross gifts:
Code: GUFA
  Reproductions of the trading card and a print of the Ross tartan mounted and framed in black wood frames approx 14x17cm overall size.
Price: £8.50 / US$ 14 each plus p&p. How to order? - click here

We have a number of Scotland related items of our own for sale. Click here to go to our shop.

Click on the Clan Shop link to the right for lots of Ross gifts and a wealth of Scottish gifts offered by the Scotch Corner Stores

The Clan Shop
This site is run by Frames and Faces, London. tel: 020 8241 0266. email: