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Updated 04/25/2013


Caber Feidh

Caber Feidh or Caberféidh (pronounced cab-ar-fay) meaning deer antler in Gaelic is one of the symbols of Clan Mackenzie Clan Mackenzie is a Highland Scottish clan, traditionally associated with Kintail and lands in Ross-shire.  The Mackenzies were of Celtic stock and were not among the clans that originated from Norman ancestors. They are believed to be related to Clan Matheson and Clan Anrias, all three descending from the 12th century Gill'Eòin of the Aird. Based initially in Kintail, the clan was recorded at Eilean Donan on Loch Duich, a stronghold with which it was for many centuries associated. For generations, the constable of Eilean Donan was traditionally Macrae of Inverinate, with the result that the Clan Macrae became known as "Mackenzie's shirt of mail". There were also strongholds at Kilcoy Castle and Brahan Castle and the Mackenzies of Tarbat had their seat at Castle Leod, in Strathpeffer in the 17th century.

Caber Feidh is also in the long toast of the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforths and Camerons) regiment.  The Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons), officially abbreviated "QOHldrs," was an infantry regiment in the Scottish Division of the British Army. It was formed on 7 February 1961 at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, with the amalgamation of 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Due to the Options for Change defense review, however, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Highlanders was further amalgamated with 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders on 17 September 1994 to form 1st Battalion, The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons).

The Regiment wears the MacKenzie Tartan kilt and Cameron Trews, with the reverse for the band members.