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Achmuty Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Achmuty Family Coat of Arms

Variations of this name are: Auchmuty.

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Achmuty Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Achmuty blazon are the mullet and spear. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and argent.

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150.

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) 3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” 5Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97. A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires 6A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107. In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105.

Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89. The spear or lance is a typical example, often borne (for obvious reasons) in allusion to the crucifixtion. 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111 Sometimes only the head is shown, and on other occasions the tilting or tournament spear is specified, familiar to us from many a jousting scene in the movies. 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Spear

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (that Ilk, Fifeshire). Ar. a broken spear bendways betw. two mullets az.
2) (Brianstown, co. Longford). Motto—Dum spiro spero. Ar. a broken spear bendwise betw. two spur rowels of six points az. pierced of the field. Another coat—Ar. two spur rowels in chief pierced of the field and a spear’s head in base az. Crest—An arm embowed in armour holding a broken spear, the arm ppr. the lance az.

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1. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
2. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
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. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97
6. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107
7. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89
9. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111
10. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Spear
11. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
12. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
13. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
14. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
15. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97
16. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107
17. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105
18. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89
19. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111
20. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Spear