The Armstrong Clan Society


  Dedicated to the Armstrongs, Crosiers, Fairbairns, Grosiers, Nixons, etc and those interested in these surnames.

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Events Where We May Host a Clan Tent

Our Publications


Selected Scottish Internet Resources

 Scottish Border Tour

Tour Historic Edinburgh

Kirkin of the Tartans National Cathedral, WDC 

The Reiver Trail on the Scottish Borders

Clan Armstrong Trust  and Border Gathering

Game Reports

       Atlanta, GA,           (Stone Mountain)

Alexandria, VA

Braemar Gathering, Scotland

Columbus, OH

      Charlotte, NC             (Loch Norman)

Marysville/Gatlinburg, TN 

Glasgow, KY 

Greenville, SC

North Alabama, Huntsville AL

             Pittsburgh,PA        Ligonier

MN Fair and Games  

Potomac Festival, VA

San Francisco, CA (Pleasanton CA)

A C S  Directory


The Armstrong Clan Society has been organized to:

 1) Seek friendship and unity among Armstrongs and associated families.

2)  Provide for the preservation of Armstrong artifacts unique to the family and to maintain a library.

 3) Serve as a genealogical and historical recorder of the membership,

 4) Provide  news, Armstrong history and genealogy via The Armstrong Chronicles,

 5) Establish geographic membership representation.


All Armstrongs, Croziers, Fairbairns, Groziers and Nixons, regardless of spelling, and their descendants, are eligible for full membership in The Society. All others interested in furthering the goals of The Society may become associate members. In the United States and Canada, dues are $25 per year, including two adults and all minor children. In all other countries dues are $35 per year, payable in US funds.

You can click here to download a membership application.




     Calling all Armstrongs!

   Scientists now say the Scottish Borderland Armstrong family stems from further north – and from one man. Armstrong males are being asked to take a DNA test to confirm exciting new research. 


   500 years ago the Armstrongs were the most dangerous family on the Scottish Borderland. And now, it seems, these riders and raiders came not from Southern Scotland, but from further north. Geneticists say new evidence shows that this powerful reiving clan originated in places like Angus, Moray, or Fife – and that all Borderland Armstrongs may stem from one man.

   Dr Jim Wilson, ‘Scotland’s DNA’ Chief Scientist, has discovered that the haplogroup the Armstrongs descend from originated not on the English/Scottish divide, but in ancient Pictland. Their distinctive Y chromosome rises to above 1% of all men in places like Perthshire, Fife and Tayside - and it arose perhaps 3,000 years ago.

   His scientific research also points to the fact that the Armstrongs descend from one man: around a thousand years ago, this person moved to the English/Scottish border - and became the progenitor of a great reiving family. How is it possible to be sure? Geneticists can recognize what are known as ‘expansion clusters’, groups of men who carry closely-related DNA markers that point to a common male ancestor. Dr Wilson has recognized just such a cluster in Armstrong men originating in the Borderlands.

   We know that kings, princes and other powerful men mated with different women in the past. The original Armstrongs must have been able to access several females and were able to spread their DNA widely and have many sons, who, in turn, could repeat the process. An example of this was in 15th century Ireland. Lord Turlough O’Donnell fathered 14 sons and had 59 male grandchildren. If the same level of enthusiasm and fertility were sustained, Lord Turlough would have had 248 great grandsons and 1,040 great, great grandsons. In four generations, the man could have bred an army.

   This is thought to be the pattern of genetic inheritance that happened with the first Armstrong who came from ancient Pictland to settle in the Borders: the begetter of a great name, and also of men who shaped Scottish history. Highland clans were feared because they formed a family army and fought for each other. Borderland Armstrongs were similar. Their Heidsman could put 4,000 men in the saddle and wherever they rode, to fight, or raid, they were also feared.


   Broadcaster and writer, Alastair Moffat, who is working on the DNA project with Professor Wilson says, ‘the question is – who was this Highland man who sired a Borderland army? Can Armstrong genealogists help? How many Armstrongs are descended from him? We need many more Armstrong men to come forward to have their DNA tested. This is a story only DNA can tell…

For further information, contact Alistair Moffat at  For Armstrong details, contact Fiona Armstrong at


   Editor WJA: See for pricing and technical information on data reports provided. Also see ACS Past President Milton Armstrong’s 2006 DNA article on the this website for basic DNA information   

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"Armstrongs at the Eskdale" Exhibit Now Open

   As a result of deterioration of the building, The Armstrong Museum in Lodge Walk, Langholm, Scotland has closed. The owners of the Eskdale Hotel, in the town center of Langholm, have generously donated space within the hotel for a display of Armstrong artifacts and historic memorabilia. The exhibit “Armstrongs at the Eskdale” opened Sept 2014. If you would like to stay at the Eskdale Hotel contact

 "Reiver Trail" Escorted Tour

    Escorted tours of the Reiver Trail are best booked prior to arrival in Langholm, Scotland. There are fees associated with these tours. Please contact Frank Wherrett at for more information. Self guided tours are also available see .

           Lord Lyon, King of Arms,  Recognizes an Honorable Company  known as The Armstrong Clan Society

On September 24, 1984 the Lord Lyon, King of Arms granted warrant to the Lyon clerk to matriculate in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland in the name of Armstrong Clan Society, Inc. "acting world-wide and in particular within the United States of America" to further the interests of the Armstrong family. Matriculated in the 8th day of February 1985 in the 110th page of the 62nd volume of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.   Our coat of arms is located in the upper left hand corner of these pages.

Tidbits from some Armstrong Clan Society Publications

  • King James V was a very mean tempered teenage Scottish King.

  • "No Beer, No Battle" King Henry's troops told the English king upon launching an evasion into Scotland.

  • Queen Elizabeth I (England) despised the Armstrongs.

  • King James VI (Scotia) and King James I (UK) are one and the same person.

  • The -King James Bible is named after a Scottish King on the UK throne - see above.

  • USA General John Armstrong camped with General Washington at Valley Forge.

  • Lady Godiva was the mother-in-law of an famous Armstrong.

  • There are at least 50 different spellings of "Armstrong".

  • "Pele (Pell) Towers" were Armstrong "castles".  See a photo in our "Border Tour".

  • The Milnholm Cross is the Armstrongs oldest relic. See it in our "Border Tour".

  • "Prisoners were taken" is a euphemism for abducting women during  raids.

  • "Prisoners" assisted in the rapid population growth among Armstrongs.

  • The Scottish Borders were divided into three areas (marches), east, middle, and west.

  • Reiving (raiding) was a common way the Armstrongs and many other border clans, survived for almost 300 years (1300 to 1600)

  • Elliot, Murray, Johnston, Crozier, Little, Rutherford were some surnames of fellow reivers on the "Armstrong Borders" also known as the "Debatable Lands" between Scotland and England.

  • Lord Dacre was attacking and destroying Johnny Armstrong's Tower while Johnny and his men burned and destroyed Lord Dacre's town of Netherby in Cumberland, England.

   Many more interesting facts and stories at  ACS Publications

                       Interested in hosting a ACS Tent at "The Games"?  ACS members can email to

ACS members are encouraged to submit items, articles, and pictures to Captioned photos from recent games and articles about Armstrong achievements have been very popular. Captioned photos of recent trips to our Scottish roots are also of great interest. Web space limitations may cause a “rotation” of the contents of our web site. So please be patient and understanding.

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  Updated 06 Nov 2015