Originally known as Clan Dhai, the Davidson clan are believed to have been descended from the Clan Comyn and David Dubh, their first clan chief.
The clan would be known for their membership of the confederation of clans, ‘Clan Chattan’, which would play a prominent role in the Battle of Inverhaven in 1370 as they fought alongside another member of the confederation, the Macphersons. Sadly, the Davidsons would be routed at this battle as their alliance with the Macphersons broke down on the battlefield, leaving them to fight alone.
This defeat at Inverhaven is said to have forced the Davidsons to travel north, eventually settling at Cantray and Tulloch. The Davidson name would also be recorded in the northeast of Scotland – with members of the clan found in Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen as they began to spread around the country.
As the centuries progressed, the clan would become ubiquitous throughout the whole of Scotland as they failed to unite around a single area. Despite this, the clan do have a traditional seat at Tulloch Castle near Dingwall and this remains a focal point of Davidson traditions despite no longer being in the hands of the family.
Despite having this focal point at Tulloch, the clan would remain without a chief for centuries until the chiefship was finally settled in 1997 when Duncan Hector Davidson of Davidson was officially recognised by the Lord Lyon. He has since been followed by his cousin, Alistair.