Derived from the Scottish Gaelic word for rock, the Craig clan is believed to have been named after the rocky outcrops that many forts and castles were built on throughout the country. Therefore, while it is easy to understand why the name originated, it is hard to pinpoint an exact location due to the ubiquitous nature of the places that it may have arisen from.
The first mention of the Craig name comes from a John of Craig who played an important role in the Battle of Culblean during the Second Scottish War of Independence in 1335. According to sources at the time, the intervention of Craig turned the battle in favour of the Scottish forces due to his superior knowledge of the local countryside and his addition of 300 men which paved the way for a decisive Scottish victory.
In the 16th century, the clan constructed their current castle at Auchindoir which still stands there today and acts as their clan seat. The clan is currently without a chief meaning that it is armigerous.