The origin of the Bannerman name lies in the role of the ancestors of the family, who carried the royal standard in the tenth and eleventh centuries. It is not known when this privilege passed from the family, but it is believed it happened around the time of King Malcolm III or Alexander I in the late 11th or early 12th century.
The reason for this change is clearer, as the role was passed to Sir Alexander Carron after his bravery as he seized the royal banner and led the King’s army across the River Spey to defeat enemy forces. His ancestors still bear this privilege today.
The Bannermans would then gain lands in Aberdeenshire in the 14th century when David II granted them Clyntrees, Waterton and Welltown in the parish of Ellon in Aberdeenshire with the requirement that they built a chapel for weekly mass.
In the 18th century, the Bannermans would become known for their support of the Stewart cause in the Jacobite Uprisings of 1715 and 1745, the latter of which 160 Bannerman men fought alongside Charles Stewart at Stirling and again at Culloden a year later.
Closer to the present day, Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman would become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1905, becoming one of only 7 Scotsmen to hold the post. During his time in charge, he appointed future Prime Ministers Herbert Asquith and David Lloyd George to his cabinet, with Lloyd George becoming the first working-class cabinet minister, a decision that was much derided at the time but would later go on to be a defining moment in British political history.