Crest Meaning: Barclay

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A surprisingly aggressive crest for a family famous for its Quakers. Here we have a hand holding a dagger emerging from a cap of maintenance. The dagger is probably just a symbol of military prowess. The cap is a sign of special royal favour, so is possibly referring to Sir Walter de Berkeley who was Chamberlain of Scotland in 1165 for William the Lion. The Latin motto ‘aut agere aut mori’ translates as ‘either to advance or to die’, essentially ‘DO or DIE’.