The Motto

Uncustomary in the SCA, The motto plays a significant roll in modern heraldry.

A motto is an aphorism, the interpritation of which is often obscure but may allude to a name, a charge in the arms, to the crest or some event in the family's history: TOUCH NOT THE CAT BOT A GLOVE (refering to the cat of The Mackintosh) and I SAVED THE KING (Turnbull), for example.

In Scotland, the slogan is depicted on a scroll above the crest, on the circlet of the crest badge and, if there is more than one motto, on an additional scroll beneath the shield. In England mottoes are usually depicted on a scroll beneath the shield. Wereas

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