Laird Arms Investigation
Laird Family Association has recorded a
Crest". We have received advice from the
Court in Edinburgh as follows. The Lyon Clerk writes, inter
Arms described by Cheryl Laird are those recorded in name of
William Laird of Glenhuntly in 1777. The blazon or formal
description is accurate although the comments thereon are by no
means as certain. People endeavour to give precise meanings to
each element in a shield and often without any substance at all.
The colour representation of the arms is poor and the crescent
shou1d be red. The motto should appear above the crest and not
below the shield.
The motto "Spero Meliora" is fairly common and in
Scotland alone is used by people of the surnames Baillie,
Fairholme, Graham, Maxwell, Montgomery, Murray, Rait,
Shanks, and Stewart as well as Laird but I cannot find that
anyone of the surname Ogston has recorded Arms with that motto.
As, however, your family originates in Caithness I am not
surprised to learn that there are links with prominent families
in that part of the world.
Thus I can confirm that the Arms given by Cheryl Laird are
indeed accurate and they belong to and identify Laird of
Glenhuntly. There is no such thing as a family coat of arms
which all people bearing the same surname may use."
Cheryl Laird has described the Arms as follows:
Blazon of Arms: Argent a chevron gules, between two boar's
heads erased proper, in chief and crescent in base of the
second. (Translation: The chevron is symbolic of Protection and
often granted to one who achieved some Noble Enterprise, the
boar is associated with Bravery and Perseverance and the
crescent colour white denotes Peace and Sincerity and red
signifies Military Fortitude.) Crest: A buck's head issuing
proper. Motto: Spero Meliora Translation: I hope for better
It is further described as:
Three red boar heads. One large over gold helmet. The other
two small red boars' heads are on a white armour shield above
red "V" shape from one side of shield to the other.
Below "V" is inverted half-moon.
By coincidence the Stag's Head was the badge of
(a son of Rognvald). A greater coincidence is
that the motto "Spero Meliora" appears on the memorial
stone of Andrew Ogston, a Minister of Canisbay Kirk in Caithness
who died in 1650.
are also Arms recorded in England, and we have written to the
Officer in Waiting at The College of Arms to see what
information they may hold, as they also record genealogies.
William Laird of
Glenhuntly was thought to have been
born in Glen Huntly, Renfrewshire, in the area of the modern Port
of Glasgow, in 1724. Speculation that he was
connected with the Birkenhead
has not been proven.
On a Card Index in the
Mitchell Library in Glasgow:
Merchant, Maryland, USA
Titles to Glenhuntly 1772
Ogston's Memorial Stone at Canisbay Kirk bears the motto "Spero