COAT OF ARMS
Robert Barclay-Allardice, heir of the barons of Allardice, set down the family
tradition as to the origins of the barony of Allardice and the coat of arms of
traditional origin of the arms (which is probably of as much value as
other traditions of the same kind) is that David, Earl of Huntington, brother of
King William of the Lion,2
when on his way home from the Holy Land3
was shipwrecked at Bervie Brae, and on gaining the shore was attacked and
wounded by a ferocious wild boar. He
would have been killed had it not been for the intervention of the progenitor of
the Allardice family, to whom the King, in gratitude, granted the lands of
Allardice, then called Alredies, and the arms.
Hence the armed man for the crest, the motto 'In defence of the
distressed,' the boars' heads and the fess wavy gules,4
representing a wave of the sea tinged with the blood of the boar. The supporters (not registered) are a boar pig and an eagle."
||Coat of Arms of the Barons
The Genealogical Magazine, vol. 3, pp. 269-270 (1899).
David, Earl of Huntington (1145-1219), the brother of King William I
(1143-1214) the Lion.
David did participate in the Third Crusade (1187-1192). He is the hero of
Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Talisman. The shipwreck, if it occurred at
all, would have been about the time of the first charter granted to the
The fess wavy gules is not a common charge in Scottish heraldry. The boars
head, however, is very common among Scottish families in Northeast
Scotland; notably, the Gordons and the Forbes, two families that
intermarried with the barons of Allardice. The crest of the Allardice
family features a naked man holding a scimitar, a sword used by the
Saracen armies fighting in the Third Crusade, which lends further credence
to the family tradition.