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McLeod
Alexander Canaday McLeod

Arms: Quarterly indented, first, Azure a castle triple-towered and embattled Argent masoned Sable windows and port Gules, second, Or in chief two garbs Vert banded Gules and in base a millrind Sable, third, Or a lymphad Vert sail furled mast and rigging proper flagged Gules, fourth, Azure a castle Or windows and port Gules.

Crest: a lyre in pale Or within two branches of laurel proper bound Gules,

Motto: "FAST I HOLD."

Matriculated: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 18th December 1979. Lyon Register, Volume 64, Folio 39.

Previously I had matriculated arms for my great-great-great-grandfather, Murdoch McLeod, who emigrated from Skye to North Carolina in 1802. The arms are derived therefrom. Sir Malcolm Innes, who was Lyon Clerk at the time, assisted me in effecting the matriculations by giving me guidance and advice liberally along the path. That association has developed into a good friendship and he introduced me to the Heraldry Society of Scotland.

In the arms, the white castle represents Dunvegan; the gold castle is for my great-great-great-grandmother, who was a McInnes; the lymphad for Murdoch who was a sailor before emigration; the sheaves and millrind because he became a farmer after emigration. The crest refers to a long bardic tradition in the family, Murdoch's father is said to have been William, the Clan bard. The family is thought to be related to the Clann Alasdair Rudah, within whom Mary, the Bardess, and Neil, the Glendale Bard, were members. The motto replies to the Chief's war cry, "HOLD FAST!"
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