Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(Sorbie, an old family in Galloway, the name of which is now written Hannay). Motto—Per ardua ad alta. Ar. three roebucks’ heads couped az. collared or, with a bell pendant to the collar gu. Crest—Out of a crescent a cross crosslet fitchee sa.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Achannay Coat of Arms and Family Crest

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Achannay Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Achannay blazon is the roebuck. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and argent.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 3. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 4.

Many different forms of the deer, hart, roe-buck and other appear in rolls of arms, though often of similar appearance. The precise choice of animal possibly being a reference to the family name. 5 If there is any symbology intended it is probably that of enjoyment of the hunt, deer in all its form being a popular prey. 6

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References

  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Deer
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P30