|Gaelic Name:||MacGumerait Hear name in Gaelic|
|Motto:||Garde bien (Watch well)|
|Lands:||Eglinton, Ardrossan and Kintyre|
|Origin of Name:||Placename, Norman|
The name of Montgomery derives from an ancient Norman family, who held the Castle of St. Foy de Montgomery near Lisieux, in France. Tradition asserts that the name can be traced back to a Roman commander called Gomericus.
Another ancestor, Roger de Mundegumbrie was related to William the Conqueror and was granted lands in England by his kinsman. He later invaded Wales, and in time he gave his name not only to a town, but to an entire county.
This encounter was chronicled in a vivid Borders ballad:
"The Percy and Montgomery
That either of other were fain;
They swapped swords and they twa swat
And aye the blood ran down between."
The Percy family paid a great ransom for the release of Hotspur, and this money enabled the Montgomery clan to build the Castle of Polnoon. The old castle of Skelmorlie, near Largs, is now the home of the chiefs of the Montgomery clan.
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