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Cumming Clan

Originating in Normandy, the Cumming name can be traced back to the town of Comines, situated on the modern Franco-Belgian border.

The first of the family to come to Britain was Robert de Comyn in 1066, who settled in Northumberland.  His grandson, William, arrived in Scotland during the reign of David I and was given lands in Roxburghshire.

After the death of Alexander III in 1286, two Comyns were placed on the council of Guardians of Scotland – created to govern the country following the King’s death until Margaret, Maid of Norway – his only heir – was old enough to do so. However, following her death in 1290, there were at least six claimants, including two Comyns. This struggle would eventually lead to the Scottish War of Independence as King Edward used the situation as an excuse to assert his overlordship on Scotland and John Comyn would be killed by fellow claimant Robert the Bruce in 1306 as Bruce solidified his claims over the throne.

This proved to be a major blow for the family and after losing its influence, many branches would alter their name to the current spelling of ‘Cumming’ in the subsequent years.

The current Chief of the Cumming clan is Sir Alexander “Alastair” Penrose Cumming of Altyre and the clan seat is Altyre House in Moray.

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Septs: CHEYNE, CHIENE, COMMON, COMMONS, CUMMIN, CUMMING, CUMMINGS, CUMYN, MACNIVEN, MCNIVEN, NIVEN
Motto: COURAGE
Translation: COURAGE
Crest: A lion rampant Or holding in his dexter paw a dagger, Proper.
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