Hopkirk Armorial Bearings
The text of the Coat of Arms reads as follows:
To All and Sundry whom these Presents do or may concern We, John Campbell Hooke of Bangeston Esquire Lyon King of Arms do hereby certify and declare that the Ensigns Armorial pertaining and belonging to Thomas Hopkirk, of Dalbeth Esquire in the County of Lanark fifth and only surviving son of Francis Hopkirk and Mary Paterson which Francis was* second son of Alexander Hopkirk who resided sometime in Leith second son of John Hopkirk who was eldest son of John Hopkirck a native of Germany who settled in this Country are Matriculated in the publick Registers of the Lyon Office and are Blazoned as on the Margin thus Viz. Argent a fess countercomponed Azure and the field surmounted of two naked Swords their points upwards in saltyr. Proper hilted and pommelled on a Chief of the second of three Bezants. Above the shield is placed an Helmet befitting his degree with a Mantling gules the doubling Argent on a wreath of his Liveries(?) is set for Crest a.dexter Arm armed couped below the Elbow in fess holding a Sword in Pale Proper ensigned on the top with a Crescent Argent and in an eseroll above the Crest this motto Spero Procedere. Which Armorial Ensigns above blazoned We do hereby Ratify Confirm and Assign to the said Thomas Hopkirk Esquire and the Heirs of his body as their proper Arms and bearing in all time coming. In Testimony whereof these Presents are subscribed by Robert Boswell Esquire Our Deputy and the Great Seal of Our Office is appended hereunto At Edinburgh the first day of February in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy four.
Ro. Boswell, Lyon Dep.
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