Young - a Douglas sept?

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There are those who claim that the Youngs, and Youngers, are a sept of Clan Douglas - see http://clandouglassociety.org/young/

“According to Scots Kith & Kin, the name of Young dates back to Moray, Angus, etc., 14th century. The name Younger dates back to Fife, etc., 14th century. According to Nesbit the Youngers are of the same stock as Young, ‘by their arms’.

The traditional Young Arms bear ‘on a chief gules two stars of the field’(1). Similar arms are found in 1344 in the seal of Sir William Douglas, of Liddesdale, Lord of Dalkeith and known as ‘The Flower of Chivalry’. As he died without a male heir the Arms descended to Sir Henry Douglas of Lugton and Lochleven. Descending: Sir William Douglas of Lochleven became 7th Earl of Morton on the death of the 8th Earl of Angus and the titles of Marquis of Douglas and Earl of Angus passed to the 7th Duke of Hamilton. Recalling the association of Young with Angus even to the 14th century, it would seem that the family of Young would be a part of the family Douglas – by their arms.”

The Youngs claim two tartans: the ancient, or Christina Young which predates the banning of the wearing of tartans, and the modern version which is similar to that of Clan Douglas.

However, I leave others to make up their own minds. For me, the case is that good Scots verdict, 'not proven'.


Notes:
1. This statement is open to challenge. Younger of Auchen Castle has two, but most others appear to have three  - or none.


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