nazgul wrote: I would never have expected to see plaid on a person't crest.
Actually, I should have said "tartan", not "plaid". It's just that when my family talks about the tartan, we say plaid, it's just a habit. Anyway, a Scottish tartan works kind of like heraldry, but it's not exactly the same. A clan could register a tartan, and that tartan would identify the wearer as a mamber of that clan. However, their were tartans for certain geographical areas as well; they weren't just for families. There are a few different versions of the Buchanan plaid, the one previously posted is the one originally registered to the Highland Society of London.