According to KeithClan.net “It is often reported that King Malcolm II dipped three fingers into the blood Camus, the slain Dane, and drew vertical stripes upon the shield of Robert, leader of the Catti troops, in the year 1010. These stripes then became the identifying marks for Robert’s descendants, under the surname of Keith, along with a motto quoting Malcolm’s words, Veritas Vincit”.
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Blazons & Genealogy Notes1) (Earl Marischal; the junior branches of this ancient and distinguished race were the Keiths of Galstoun, of Ludquhairn and Innerugie; of Northfield, of Auquhorsk, of Garvock, of Uras, of Dunottar, and Ravelstoun, &c. James, the celebrated Field-Marshal Keith, so distinguished in the wars of Frederick the Great, was second son of William ninth Earl Marischal). Ar. on a chief gu. three palets or. Crest—A hart’s head erased ppr. armed with ten tynes or. Supporters—Two harts ppr. attired as in the crest. Motto—Veritas vincit: behind the shield two batons gu. semée of thistles, ensigned on the top with an imperial crown or, placed saltireways as badges of the office of Great Marischal of Scotland.
2) Keith-Falconer (Earl of Kintore). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. a sceptre and sword in saltire, with an imperial crown in chief, within an orle of eight thistles or, as a coat of augmentation; 2nd and 3rd, ar. on a chief gu. three palleta or, for Keith. Crest—A demi woman richly attired, holding in the dexter hand a garland of laurel ppr. Motto—Quae amissa salva.
3) (Lord Altrie, Scotland). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, or, a saltire and chief gu.; 2nd and 3rd, ar. on a chief gu. three pallets or. Crest—A rock ppr. Supporters—Dexter, a unicorn ar. horned and unguled or; sinister, a deer ppr. Motto—Watch the temptation.
4) (Lord Dingwall, Scotland). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. on a chief gu. three palets or; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a lion ramp. ar. Crest—A stag’s head couped ppr. Motto—Memento creatorem.
5) (Ravelston, co. Edinburgh, and Dunnottar, co. Kincardine; as recorded 1737). Ar. a lymphad sa. on a chief gu. three pallets or. Crest—A dexter arm grasping a dagger ppr. Motto—Pro veritate. The principal arms and supporters of the family were recorded for Alexander Keith, of Ravelston and Dunnottar, as heir male of the Earls Marischal in 1801. The heiress m. in 1833, Sir William Murray, of Ochtertyre, Bart.
6) (Auquhorsk, co. Aberdeen). Ar. on a chief gu. three pallets or, differenced by a buckle of the third. Crest—A hand holding a writing pen ppr. Motto—Et loquor et taceo.
7) (Craig, co. Kincardine). Ar. on a chief embattled gu. three pallets or, a bordure also embattled of the second. Crest—A stag standing at gaze under a hollybush ppr. Motto—Fortiter qui sedulo.
8) (Craig; as recorded 1769, for Robert Keith, Ambassador to the Courts of Vienna and St. Petersburgh). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, as the last; 2nd and 3rd, or, a fetterlock sa. on a chief az. three stars ar., for Murray. Crest—An ermine ppr. Supporters—Two roebucks ppr. attired and unguled or, both collared, that on the dexter gu. charged with three pallets or, that on the sinister az. with three stars ar. having chains affixed thereto passing betw. their forelegs and reflexed over their backs or. Motto—Ex candore decus.
9) (Montrose, descended of Craig, 1737). Ar. an anchor in pale az. on a chief embattled gu. three pallets or, a bordure also embattled of the third. Crest—A hand holding a thunderbolt winged or. Motto—Fortiter qui sedulo.
10) (Ostend, descended of Crichie, 1791). Ar. a heart gu. within a bordure az. on a chief of the second three pallets or, charged with a star of the third. Crest—A demi lion ramp. ppr. Motto—Recta sequor.
11) (Harthill, co. Aberdeen). Or, a cross crosslet fitchée az. betw. two crescents in chief and a fusil in base gu.
12) (Innerugie, co. Aberdeen). Ar. a chief paly of six or and gu. within a bordure engr. sa.
13) (Ludquhairn, co. Aberdeen). Ar. a cross crosslet fitchée and an escallop az. in fesse, on a chief gu. three palets or. Crest—A dexter hand casting an anchor in the water. Motto—Remember thy end.
14) (Arthur House, co. Kincardine, 1672). Ar. a saltire gu. on a chief of the last three palleta or, all within a bordure compony az. and of the first. Crest—A dexter hand holding a pike erect ppr. Motto—Justa sequor.
15) (Ravenscraig, co. Aberdeen). Ar. on a chief gu. three palets or, quartering or, three cushions gu. within a double tressure counterflowered of the last, for Randolph.
16) (Tillygone, co. Kincardine). Parted per fesse or and ar. on the first three demi palets gu. and in base a man’s heart of the last. Crest—A lure ppr. Motto—Venit ab astris.
17) (Scotland) Ar. on a chief gu. three pales or.
18) (Scotland) Paly of six, or and gules.
19) (Sir Robert Murray, installed Knight of the Bath, 15th June, 1772) (for Keith) (for Murray). Quarterly; first and fourth, ar. a bordure embattled gu. on a chief of the last, three pallets or, ; second and third, or, a fetter-lock sa. on a chief az. three estoiles ar. .-Crest, an ermine, passant, ppr. over the crest this motto, Ex candore decus. Supporters, two stags ppr. attired or, the dexter gorged with a collar az. charged with three estoiles ar. to the collar a chain or, the sinister gorged with a collar gu. charged with three pallets or, to the collar a chain of the last. Motto, Animum rege.
20) (Auquhorsk, Scotland) Ar. a chief paly of six, gu. and or, on the second a buckle of the first.
21) (Inverugie, Scotland) Ar. a chief paly of six, or and gu. within a bordure engr. sa.
22) (Arthurhouse, Scotland) Ar. a saltier and chief gu. the last charged with three pallets or, all within a bordure, compony, az. and ar.-Crest, a dexter hand, holding a pick, erect, ppr. headed ar.