Crest Meaning: Baillie

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The first of many severed boars’ heads, perhaps the single most popular symbol in Scottish heraldry. A major cluster of boar-head heraldry could be found in Lothian and Berwickshire, especially with the Swintons, Gordons and Nesbitts. The Baillies are first recorded in Lothian, so there’s a chance that they are part of this related cluster.


The Latin motto, ‘Quid Clarius Astris’ is a question: ‘what is brighter than the stars’ and this is a reference to the full coat arms of Baillie of Lamington, which has nine stars, set three, three, two and one at the bottom. So, this becomes a metaphor for the Baillies themselves, they are the stars and what is better than them?