O’Cahan Coat of Arms / Family Crest


British Isles


British Isles

Blazon description

(Chiefs of Limavady and the Rout, co. Londonderry, descended from the race of O’Neill, and deriving their surname from Cahan, Chief of the Sept. Tenth in descent from him was Manus O’Cahan, Chief of the Sept. killed at the battle of Down, a.d. 1260. His descendant, Sir Donal O’Cahan, Chief of his Sept, was knighted by Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy of Ireland, 28 June, 1607). Az. on a fess per pale gu. and ar. betw. in chief out of the horns of a crescent, a dexter hand couped at the wrist and apaumee, surmounted by an estoile betw. on the dexter a horse counter-saliant, and on the sinister a lion ramp. each also surmounted by an estoile, and in base a salmon naiant all ar. on the dexter side three lizards pass. bend sinisterways gu. and on the dexter an oak tree eradicated vert, over all an escutcheon ar. charged with a cross calvary on three grieces ppr. Crest—A cat-a-mountain ramp. ppr. Motto—Felis demulcta mitis.

(Ballynaelosky, co. Londonderry; Quoy Ballage O’Cahan, d. 1637, grandson of Donell O’Cahan, of Collryan, same co., third son of Shane O’Cahan, Chief of his Sept). Gu. three salmon haurient, two and one or. Crest—A mountain cat saliant ppr. Motto—Inclytus virtute.

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