Webmaster note: Frank M. Laird has been quite a vocal opponent
on the Laird-L email list of displaying any so-called Laird crests on these pages. He makes a good argument and,
in fact, the title of this page has the word Crests in quotes so as to imply that they aren't really Laird crests at all. So, I happen
to agree with his historical perspective. (Also see
his excellent remarks regarding tartans.) In a letter to me,
dated January 1997, he summarized it as follows:
Even though some in my family have "bought" books about our lineage, research bears out
that they have been conned, or misled for pecuniary interests. The company in Illinois/Indiana made up quite a
bit of the Laird "mythology" which has been disproven and that company has been sued for false advertising,
and yet their books still remain, showing "American Lairds" as descendants of [Stevarts/Stewarts/Stuarts]
... not true, and any Highland Scot in Scotland today can verify the Berwickshire/Peebleshire history.
I have been made aware of the coat of arms, shield, tartan, and other supposed data.
However the Berwicks-Peebles were banished and their coat of arms, Plaid, tartan, etc. were expunged; I guess that's
why I dislike the bloody British so much now,..... inbred I guess.
In Salado (Scottish festival each year) Texas, a book was viewed in 1987 which had the tartan, shield, plaid and
so forth of the Berwick-Peebles clans. I wish I had copied that book (at that time that Historical book was probably
70 to 90 years old, and very enlightening). The patriarchal clan names handed down for generations in Scotland
were made an outlaw "mark" by the crown. Peebles and Berwicks concurrently shared land as cousins and
intermarried family domiciles belonging to both sides of the clans. Peebles/Berwicks intermarried so extensively
that their inheritances were simultaneously "clanned together" ( the name Laird is only the "landlord"
title given those people. Only matriarchal clans "Identification, Tartans, emblems, coats of arms, and plaids"
were authorized to rebels of the crown.
There is no such Laird coat of arms. The current supposed Laird coat of arms, colors and emblems are not authentic.
However all Highland Scots revere the name Laird as it is the "emblematic chosen Name" of the rebels
against the crown. Lairds, three destinations: South Africa, Australia/New Zealand, and Canada/US; continents are
the countries where the "Lairds" migrated to.
The book sellers of Indiana/Illinois also falsified German ancestry terribly. They designed mugs and hired artists
to literally "steal and then slightly alter existing coats of arms" to dupe many of the purchasers.
I have seen the book, and a cursory letter to anyone in Scotland with a picture of the so-called coat of arms and
tartan, and plaid will be responded with the statement "Laird is a title not a name" yet it has become
a name since the "Highlanders/Crown rebellion"
-- Frank M. Laird, January 1997
Webmaster note: Now,
to further invalidate the Laird "crest", here is a definitive revelation, provided by Iain Laird in an email to the
Laird-L email list dated September 1999.
I have some interesting news for all Lairds and their friends and cousins. The Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records
in Scotland has given us the following advice:
"The Arms described by Cheryl Laird are those recorded in name of William Laird of Glenhuntly in 1777. The
blazon or formal description is accurate although the comments thereon are by no means as certain. People endeavour
to give precise meanings to each element in a shield and often without any substance at all. The colour representation
of the arms is poor and the crescent should be red. The motto should appear above the crest and not below the shield.
The motto "Spero Meliora" is fairly common and in Scotland alone is used by people of the surnames Baillie,
Fairholme, Graham, Maxwell, Montgomery, Murray, Rait, Sandilands, Shanks, and Stewart as well as Laird but I cannot
find that anyone of the surname Ogston has recorded Arms with that motto. As, however, your family originates in
Caithness I am not surprised to learn that there are links with prominent families in that part of the world.
Thus I can confirm that the Arms given by Cheryl Laird are indeed accurate and they belong to and identify Laird
of Glenhuntly. There is no such thing as a family coat of arms which all people bearing the same surname may use."
Now we need to find out about William Laird of Glenhuntly. "Glenhuntly" was the name of a Shaw Savill
ship in the 19th Century and was involved in emigration to New Zealand. It is also the name of a suburb in Melbourne
Australia. Is it the name of an Estate in Scotland? Huntly is in Aberdeenshire, but no Glenhuntly appears in any
gazeteer for Scotland. Please e-mail information to INSLaird.cs.com.
I have also entered this information on our webpage "http://www.laird.org.uk"
which links through to the page with views of the Arms of William Laird of Glenhuntly, remembered reasonably accurately
by our cousins in the USA.
As Niven Sinclair says, "he who seeks will find!". Much of our "recollection" is grounded in
hard fact, temporarily mislaid by the distress of the passage of time and by geographical shifts.