The Rosses take their name from the Province of Ross and in the Highlands are called Clan Andrias, or Children of Andrew, from an early chief who is said to have been a devotee of St Andrew. Fearchar Mac an-t-sagairt, or son of the priest, of Applecross, is traditionally claimed as their ancestor. He supported King Alexander II, and about 1234 was made Earl of Ross. The clan supported King Robert the Bruce and fought at Bannockburn in 1314. At a later date the Earldom reverted to the crown. Hugh Ross of Rarichiss, brother of the last Earl, founded the Balnagowan branch which became the principal family. They engaged in clan feuds and had a turbulent existence. The Rosses of Pitcalnie were another important branch and are now the chief family.