Background: THEY COULD PUT 3OOO MEN INTO THE SADDLE AND PROBABLY DID MORE DAMAGE BY FORAY THAN ANY TWO OTHER FAMILIES COMBINED, BOTH IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND.' (George MacDonald Fraser, The Steel Bonnets)
The history of the Armstrongs is both bloody and proud. It is an ancient family. Its origins go back a thousand years.
LEGEND has it the name was given to a warrior who hoisted a fallen king back onto his horse during the Battle of the Standard in 1138 at Northallerton in Yorkshire. For his bravery and strength, he was called ARM-STRONG.