Ross Crest & Coats of Arms

Ross Clan Crest

Crest Description: A hand holding a garland of juniper, Proper





Ross Coats of Arms:

A note on Coats of Arms:
Under Scottish heraldic law a coat of arms is awarded to an individual (with the exception of civic or corporate arms) . There is no such thing as a ‘family coat of arms’ The arms represented below are personal arms (with the above exceptions). Only the individual granted these arms has the right to use them.  for more information see our pages on heraldry here:


ROSS of Balnagown / Balnagowan
Gules, three lions rampant, Argent.

ROSS of Hawkhead / Halkhead
Or, a chevron chequy, Sable and Argent, between three water-bougets of the second.
Lord Ross of Halkhead (1499-1754)



Michael Wallis Ross
Arms: Gules five lions rampant in cross argent, in sinister chief a dagger point upwards of the second, handled or
Crest: A lion’s dexter gamb in pale argent, armed gules, holding a wreath of laurel vert.
Motto: Nulli secundus (Second to none).
Matriculated: Volume 73, page 18, 13th September 1989.
The grant is to Charles Macintosh Ross, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1879, fourth son of Alexander Ross, of Kingscassie, Tain, Ross-shire. His great-nephew, Sir John Ross Marshall, GBE CH PC, was Deputy Prime Minister and later Prime Minister of New Zealand 1960-1972. Charles Macintosh Ross was himself great-grandson of John Ross, of Tain, Ross-shire, b. 1720.


Dr Alastair Robertson Ross CSt.J, ARSA, FRBS, DA, FSA Scot, Hon.FRIAS.
Baron Baillie of the Barony of Easter Moncrieffe
Arms: Per fess invected Gules and Or, in chief two lions rampant argent, armed and langued Azure, in base a garb Vert banded of the First.
Crest: a dexter hand issuant grasping in bend sinister a sculpteor’s mallet Proper.
Granted: The Court of the Lord Lyon 12th December 1976. lyon Register volume 61, folio 37.

Charles Russell Clayton Ross of Biggar, Baron of Biggar
Arms: Quarterly 1st and 4th Gules in chief two lions rampant respectant Argent, grasping a wreath of laurel leaves Or, and in base a rod of the Last entwined by a snake of the Second between two plates each charged with a fleam sable (for Ross); Second Sable a chevron between six rams counter passant Argent armed and unguled Or (for Harman); Third per pale Azure and Gules, two boars rampant combatant Pean, on a chief Or as many battleaxes in saltire blades upwards Proper (for Mac Swiney of Mashanaglass).
Crest: a demi-lion rampant and reguardant Gules grasping in its forepaws a saltire Argent
Motto: Prospera et spera in Deo (Succeed and hope in God). It answers the Clan Chief’s ‘Spem successit alit’ (success nourishes hope).
Chapeau: Gules furred ermine.
Badge: within a wreath of Bigg Or a goat’s head erased Argent armed Or in its mouth a sprig of juniper Vert
Standard: in the hoist Azure a St Andrew’s cross Argent, in the fly four tracts Argent and Gules, split at the end, upon which is depicted in the first and third compartments the badge and in the second compartment the crest with the motto Prospera et spera in Deo in letters Argent on two transverse bands Azure.
Grant: (Lyon Register Volume 73, folio 56 and Volume 86 Page 109)


Ross, John Provost of Aberdeen – Armorial Panel 1702
Provost John Ross House, Ship Row, Aberdeen