Despite now residing on the edge of the border with the Highlands, the Drummond name appears to have been derived from the Parish of Drymen to the west of Stirling – itself derived from the Gaelic ‘dromainn’, meaning ‘ridge’ or ‘high ground’.
According to legend, the first man to settle at Drymen was Hungarian and he arrived in Scotland after fleeing from William the Conqueror with Edgar the Aetheling and his two sisters.
The first mention of the Drummond name in recorded history occurred in 1260 when a Malcolm Beg, Chamberlian of Lennox, became the first chief to appear in written records. This would be followed by Gilbert de Drumund of Dumbarton appearing in the Ragman Rolls of 1296 – a document in which the Scottish nobility and gentry subscribed allegiance to King Edward I of England as his army advanced north into the country in order to keep their lands. Despite this, the Drummonds were firm supporters of the cause of Robert the Bruce and Scottish Independence.
Around the beginning of the 16th century, the Drummonds completed Drummond Castle, their historic seat. It is now the seat of the Earls of Ancaster who can trace their ancestry back to the Drummond name.
The current clan seat is at Stobhall castle in Perthshire and the current clan chief is John Eric Drummond, 9th Earl of Perth.