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Marjoribanks
John Logan Marjoribanks

Arms : Argent a mullet Gules on a chief Sable a cushion Or all within a bordure Gules

Crest : A demi-griffin proper holding a passion nail paleways Sable

Motto : CUSTOS ATQUE PUGNANS (Both Guardian and Fighting)

Matriculated : 16th February 1965. Lyon Register Volume 47 folio 52


These arms were matriculated as a cadet of Marjoribanks of that Ilk, the latter being registered on 30th July 1673 (LR Vol. 1 folio 362) as Marjoribanks of Balbardie, described therein as representer of Marjoribanks of that Ilk. The chief's arms were next matriculated on 15th February 1965 by my father (LR Vol. 47 folio 34) and again on 4th January 1978 (LR Vol. 61 folio 97) with the augmentation of supporters. They are now born by my elder brother.

The earliest known record of Marjoribanks arms is in the cast of a seal on a document dated 10 February 1517/8 in Fordel Church described as 'a fess with a square cushion in base' in Scottish Heraldic Seals Vol III p. 492 (JH Stevenson & M Wood, Glasgow University Press, 1940). The associated name is 's iohannis marioribank'. John Marjoribanks was a Bailie in Edinburgh, admitted a Guild Brother on 27 March 1508, the first of eight Marjoribankses to be admitted Burgesses or Guild Brothers of Edinburgh in the sixteenth century. The most prominent of these was Thomas Marjoribanks of Ratho, Lord Clerk Register, whose arms are shown in Pont's MS (1624) as 'Argent, between a mullet in chief and a cushion in base Gules, on a fess of the Second three cushions of the First'. Workman's MS (1565/6) records the Marjoribanks arms as 'Argent a mullet Gules on a chief of the Second a cushion of the First'. There have been several different versions of the Marjoribanks arms since then all bearing mullets or spur rowels and cushions. Sir George MacKenzie of Rosehaugh in his Science of Heraldry states on page 2 ��and the name of Marjoribanks bear the cushion to show that they were Johnstones originally.� The five merkland of Marjoribanks (now shown on maps phonetically as Marchbanks) whence the family originated is in the parish of Kirkpatrick Juxta in Annandale.

Lyon, in the grant of arms to a cadet, has used three differences:

1. a bordure gules (originally vert, but changed to gules on presentation of proof that only two previous younger sons could possibly have left lawful issue);

2. in the crest, the augmentation of a passion nail in recognition of the petitioner's descent from Logan of Restalrig (Sir Robert Logan was one of four knights chosen in 1329 to carry Robert the Bruce's heart to the Holy Land);

3. a change in the motto from 'Et custos et pugnax' (both guardian and warrior) to 'Custos atque pugnans'.
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