Meek Coat of Arms Meek Arms from an English line – This Meek Coat-of-Arms has been identified with my line by some of my ancestors. Authority: Burke’s “General Armory,” 1844 edition Arms: Gules, three chevronells argent Crest: A demi-lion rampant holding over his head a scymitar Motto: PRO RECTO (for the right) Tinctures as shown by description. The shield is of red The chevronells (narrow chevrons) are of silver The demi-lion is naturally colored The scymitar has a blade of steel, handle and guard of gold The mantle and wreath are of silver and red Another rendering of the Chevronell Crest from an old wax letter stamp The Chevronell Crest from notes of Harold George Meek (1895 -1959) water-bougets – Two animal skin water bags hung on a yoke. Until I saw images like these I thought they were musical notes. water-bougets – Two animal skin water bags hung on a yoke. Until I saw images like these I thought they were musical notes. The Duck Crest version used by James Meek D.D., Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1795. James Meek was from the Fortissat Meek line. This crest is obviously a take off of the Ledcarsie Meek’s crest, but there is no documentation I am aware of that proves the Fortissat & Ledcarsie Meek lineages are related. Photo of the Meik stain glass window in the Bendochy Scotland taken by Babette Kenyon Meek Arms, English, origin not determined, Silver with three black water-bougets and a black (sable) chief of the last A demi-wolf (ducally gorged and lined, supporting between it’s paws a mullet of six points) A water-bouget is a yoke with two large skins appended to it, formerly used for the conveyance of water to an army. Water-bougets were sometimes conferred on those who had supplied aide to an army or a besieged place. Bougets are rarely used outside British heraldry. Some say the use of bougets originated with the crusades in the Middle East where water supplies were limited. I would love to know the history behind this crest and why bougets were chosen for the shield. Another example of the crest with three black water-bougets from Jon Meek Alexander Michieson of Hill: Argent, a duck Proper and on a chief dancetty Gules a boar’s head couped Proper between two crescents Or Meek/Meik/Mikieson Arms from Ledcarsie Meeks – a Scottish line – Argent with a duck proper and on a red chief dancetty a silver boar’s head couped between two silver crescents Motto is “JUNGOR UT IMPLEAR”- Joined to be complete, or more freely translated, “Union is strength” From Alexander Nisbet’s System of Heraldry, Published 1722 This also appears on the tombstone of Patrick Meek of Ledcarsie Scotland
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