Originally referred to as Clan Dhai, the Davidson clan are believed to have been descended from the Clan Comyn and David Dubh, their first clan chief.
Clan Dhai are believed to have been wiped out as a fighting force at the Battle of Inverhaven in 1370 by the Camerons and after another battle in 1396 at North Inch, the family of the chief of the clan are said to have headed north and founded the Davidsons of Cantray and Tulloch. By the time of the 16th century, the name could be found from Ayr to Aberdeen.
The clan’s historic seat is at Tulloch Castle near Dingwall and remains a focal point of Davidson traditions despite no longer being in the hands of the family. A new chief was crowned in 1997 when Duncan Hector Davidson of Davidson was officially recognised by the Lord Lyon. He has now been followed by his cousin, Alistair.