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McGeachie
David James McGeachie, FSA Scot.


Arms: Sable, a chevron Argent between in chief 2 Gillyflowers each of five petals, and in base a Chrysanthemum of twelve petals Vert fimbriated Or.

Crest: A Leopard Sejant Rampant proper grasping with the fore paws a weaver's Ell-Measure Sable.

Motto: PERITIA ET HONORE.

Pennon: Argent and Sable with the Arms in the hoist and the motto in two lines counterchanged.

Grant: Warrant granted - Court of the Lord Lyon - 25 May 2007.


In creating these Arms the armiger was faced with the difficulty of a blank canvas, as no McGeachie had ever been granted Arms in either Scotland or Ireland.

After many hours of discussion with his family, it was decided that the basic layout for the shield would be a chevron with three charges. His reasoning behind this was that Mr McGeachie's wife's maiden name was Cooper and they had a rendition of Cooper arms which has the same layout (a chevron with three charges) also the Incorporation of Weavers Arms, which they all liked.

The base colours of black and white were chosen to signify the armigers thirty five years as a martial artist taking part in Karate and Iaido. The charges are; two gillyflowers and a chrysanthemum. The gillyflowers were taken from the armigers' present location Livingston and are similar to the charges used on the Livingston Development Corporation arms. The chrysanthemum is a reference to his love of all things Japanese, including his martial arts and a particular brand of motorcycle manufacturer whose bikes he prefers to ride - their colour scheme usually being green, black and white. The number of petals in the chrysanthemum is also significant, as each petal represents a generation traced back on Mr McGeachie's lineage. The green (Vert) of the charges is another reference to having traced his family back to Ireland. The fimbriation was necessary due to the rules of heraldry, having to place a metal between two colours.

The reason behind the armigers crest, the leopard and the ell-measure, is to represent the armigers family origins of weavers in Glasgow, Lanark in the 18th & 19th century and earlier back to Ireland. The leopards head is a charge on the Incorporation of Weavers arms from Glasgow which had been in existence from 1514 - 1905 (again as above, the same shield layout of a chevron and three charges). The Scottish ell - measure (usually 37 inches long) was once used by weavers to measure cloth in the market-place.

The motto of "Peritia Et Honore" is another reference to the armigers' martial arts days and translates as: By Skill and Honour.


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