Battles of Invernhaven And Perth – 1300s
A fostership of sorts seems to have been established by the other Chattan clans on behalf of the Davidsons, the latter having lost their chief and seven of his sons at Invernahavon. As the two remaining children were not old enough to assume the Chiefship, the office or, at least, its stewardship, may have temporarily passed to the MacIntosh. Another possibility is that the office may simply not have been recognizable for some time. There are one or two sources that seem to suggest that the older of the two children was female. For whatever reason, though, it should be kept in mind that gender roles were very specific at that time, hereditary title did not pass to her. Later on – possibly when the younger of the two children, being male, was old enough to support it – we see a re-emergence of the Chiefship. However, there is debate about this aspect of the history and it is yet to be proved, so we will leave further discussion of it for a later date.
All the same, there is one thing here that contributes to the core of the matter and is noteworthy for our purpose: the subject of direct surname inheritance. In the case of fostership, “Davidson” would have, and likely did, become more a “sept” name of the Confederation or perhaps even Clan MacIntosh until the rightful heir or otherwise worthy figure could reclaim the Chiefship and its arms. At this point in history, in fact, some traditions held that until a “noble name” (read this as hereditary title) could be taken in an official and permanent capacity, no one was allowed to use it in a formal manner. The point is, in either case, the “disappearance” of the Davidson name 12 and chiefly lineage from the history books was likely linked more closely to naming standards coincident with events than to an overall annihilation of the Clan and removal of its senior members resulting from these events. We already know the chiefly lineage did not indeed “die out” until 1917, and obviously did not do so wholly even then, since we p