Crest Meaning: Bethune

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Bethune today, usually better known as Beaton. The crest is of an Otter’s head, presumably a reference to the wildlife on the family lands in Fife, or more generally to qualities of perseverance and industry. The motto ‘De Bonnaire’ is usually translated as ‘gracious’ and how the word debonair is usuall used today (conjuring an image of a very fancy otter). However, it’s older meaning from the French ‘de bon aire’ meant 'of good lineage'. In the first half of the sixteenth century, Cardinal David Beaton was a key pillar in the Franco-Scottish Alliance (‘the Auld Alliance’), so the use of French in the crest seems appropriate.