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Cranstoun Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Cranstoun blazon are the crane and bordure invecked. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

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) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233. In truth, despite the proliferation of species, the actual depictions can sometimes be hard to distinguish! The crane, heron and stork are commonly to be found on a coat of arms but all tend to share the same stylised appearance 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P164. Guillim reckons the stork to the “emblem of filial duty” and also the “symbol of a grateful man”. 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P78

The border, (sometimes bordure) is a band running around the edge of the shield, following the edge contours and being differently coloured, possibly holding a series of small charges placed on top of it 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bordure. To distinguish it from similar arms, heraldic artists developed a series of decorative edges (obviously these are applied only to the inner edge). Invected is a very pleasing decorative pattern, the exact opposite of the decoration known as engrailed. It consists of a series of small arcs joined side by side, with points inwards, (i.e. a series of outward “bulges”). Wade suggests that these closely related decorative edges can be taken to signify “earth or land” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P40.

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1) (Baron Cranstoun; extinct or dormant 28 Sept. 1869). Motto—Thou shalt want ere I want. Gu. three cranes ar. Crest—A crane roosting with its head under its wing and holding up a stone with its right foot all ppr. Supporters—Dexter, a lady richly attired, upper vestment gu. under or, holding out in her right hand a branch of strawberries ppr.; sinister, a stag all ppr.
2) (Mockrie, Scotland). Motto—I desire not to want. Gu. three cranes ar. within a bordure invecked of the second. Crest—A crane's head erased ppr.
3) (Samuel C. Cranstoun, Governor of Rhode Island 1724). Mottto—Dum vigilo curo. Gu. three cranes within a bordure embattled ar. Crest—A crane pass. ar.
4) (Corehouse, co. Lanark). Quarterly, 1st and and 4th, gu. three cranes ar.; 2nd and 3rd, or, three crescents gu., for Edmondstoune. Crest and Motto, as Lord Cranstoun.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P164
8. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P78
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bordure
10. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P40