The Urquhart’s Arms
Arms – “Or, three boars’ heads erased, gules, armed proper and langued azure.
Crest – A naked young lady from the waist upward proper brandishing in her dexter hand a sword azure hilted and pummelled gules and holding in her sinister hand a palm sapling vert.
Motto – Meane Weil, Speak Weil, and Doe Weil.
Supporters – On a compartment below the shield embellished with wallflower having four petals of yellow, two greyhounds proper collared gules with leashes reflexed over their backs or.
Badge – A mermaid proper tail-part gules, crined or and holding a harp also or.”
The chief’s coat-of-arms are the personal heritable property of the chief and come under the strictest heraldic jurisdiction in the world: the Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms. Only the chief may use the basic coat-of-arms. Despite popular myth and the availability from many Scottish shops of wall plaques, there is no such thing as a “family name” coat-of-arms or a coat-of-arms that all Urquharts can use.
Any proved descendant of the chiefly family, however remote, has a right to record this coat-of-arms in his own name, but the Lord Lyon in doing so will arrange with him a suitable ‘difference’ to be added to show that the particular descendant in not the actual chief. Any other reputable bearer of the clan surname may also ask the Lord Lyon for a grant of arms, which will also allude to his connection with the clan, but in a slightly different way.
Without recording personal arms, any bearer of the Urquhart surname may:-
- use the chief’s crest surrounded by a strap and buckle and
- use the clan plant badge – the wallflower
Clansmen now scattered all over the world still have special heraldic rights, protected for them by law, such as are hardly enjoyed by any other peoples.