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The Clan Ballantyne or Bannatyne are originally from Bellenden, Selkirkshire, Scotland, and descended from Patrick Bellenden who received a charter from the Earl of Morton in 1499 for lands in Auchinoul, Midlothian. Roland Bannatyne of Glenraddy also received lands in the barony of Sanquhar from Lord Crichton in 1548.
Ballantyne Coat of Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gules, a chevron argent between three mullets or (for Bannatyne); 2nd and 3rd, azure, a castle triple towered argent, masoned sable, windows and portcullis shut gules, in dexter chief a mullet or (for Macleod).
Ballantyne Crest: A demi griffin, in the dexter paw a sword erect all proper.
Ballantyne Supporters: (Barons of Sanquhar only) Two angels proper, habited azure and winged or.
Ballantyne Motto: Nec cito nec tarde. “neither fast nor slow”
Ballantyne Surname Origin
A place of ancient pagan worship among the Celts, whose principal deity was Belen or Baal, the sun. To the honor of this deity, the Celts lighted fires on the 1st of May and Midsummer day. Baalantine signifies “the fire of Baal,” from Baalen and teine, Gaelic, fire.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.