Crest Meaning: Arbuthnott

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Named after the lands in the Mearns, this is the first crest whose motto is a command rather than a brag: the Latin ‘Laus Deo’ meaning ‘Praise God’. The peacock of the crest is rare in Scottish heraldry, and it seems at first glance to be somewhat bizarre in leaving out the more obviously interesting part of the bird. This may be quite a deliberate choice, as a peacock in full plumage could be seen as a symbol of vanity. In early modern Europe a peacock became a symbol of immortality, as it was thought its flesh would not decay, so it became associated with the Resurrection of Christ – so we’re most likely looking at a religious metaphor here alongside the motto.