Crest Meaning: Baird

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A gryphon’s head. The griffon had the body, tail and legs of a lion, and the head and wings of an eagle… so we just have the eagle bit here, but take our word for it’s definitely a griffon.  Which is something of a missed opportunity, as the Bairds of Auchmedden are renowned for a prophecy that two eagles will leave the nearby Crags when they lose possession of those lands. A griffon was usually a symbol of intelligence, bravery and strength, but coud also represent a protector of treasures, and a symbol of divine power. This latter is perhaps reinforced by the Latin motto ‘Dominus Fecit’, meaning ‘the Lord made’, ie ‘God did this’, ie we Bairds are successful through the will of God. This is probably a reference to Psalm 135 (these were core to Scottish education) ‘Omnia quaecumque voluit, Dominus fecit in caelo, et in terra  in mari, et in omnibus abyssis.’: The Lord does whatever he wills, in heaven and on earth, in the sea and all abysses.