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Unsurprisingly, this family were the bearers of the royal standard in the tenth and eleventh centuries. Here we have a knight in armour holding a sword, symbolising their knightly ancestry. The Latin motto ‘pro patria’, ie ‘for my country’ comes from the Roman author Horace, ‘dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’, it is sweet and appropriate to die for one’s country. Most Scottish lairds would have known the classical authors quite well, Scottish education being among the best in Europe in the later middle ages and early modern periods.