Here is the stirring story of the Clan Chisholm who started in the Borders 900 years ago but flourished in the Highlands, becoming powerful rulers of huge swathes of the north.
Clansmen fought bravely alongside Bruce at Bannockburn and in the other great theatres of war.
Contrasting stories of cruelty and courage are exemplified in the dairymaid who bludgeoned a rival to death and the youth who destroyed a ferocious boar.
But their darkest days were the Highland Clearances of the 19th century. Evictions from the Chisholm heartlands were among the worst, with half the clan forced out in a year. Many set sail for America and Canada and the Chisholms were trailblazers across the Wild West, opening up new frontiers and trading with the Indians.