The Cranstoun name originates from lands in Midlothian of the same name. The lands themselves may have been named from the Anglo-Saxon word for ‘place of the crane’ – the bird that is prominent on the clan’s shield and crest.
The first mention of the Cranstoun name in Scotland came in 1170 when an Elfrick de Cranstoun witnessed a charter by William the Lion at Holyrood. A descent of Elfrick, Thomas de Cranstoun would receive a charter from his lands of Cranstoun from David II in the 14th century.
The clan would go on to enjoy a turbulent history, becoming embroiled in controversy – including an accusation of treason against two of its members in 1592 for assisting the Earl of Bothwell during an attack on the Palace of Holyrood House.
Today, the clan seat of Cranstoun can be found at Corehouse in Lanarkshire and the current Clan Chief is Alexander John George Cranstoun who lives within the estate.