Hairston Crest Coat of Arms - William Hairstanes of Craigs HAIRSTON - Hairston Crest Coat of Arms - William Hairstanes of Craigs

Hairston Crest

Coat of Arms of William Hairstanes of Craigs

In Scotland, the Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms is a Minister of the Crown and as such establishes the rights to arms and pedigrees.  In 1720 the Coat of Arms shown below was registered to William Hairstanes of Craigs with the inscription "Toujours Fidele" meaning "Always Faithful".  Family stories say that the three keys represent the keys used to open the box containing the heart of Robert the Bruce that is buried in Melrose Abbey in Melrose, Scotland.

William Hairstanes was granted the title the "Laird of Craigs" in Dumfrieshire, Scotland in a charter granted by King Charles II to Williams grandfather John Hairstanes.  A laird is an owner of an estate and is a member of Scottish gentry - "Landed Gentry".  A Laird ranks below a Baron and the designation is lost when the land is sold.  William was never Titled or Knighted as a Sir and was not addressed as Sir William Hairstanes.


"Toujours Fidele"


A Scottish Coat of Arms can only belong to one person at a time, it is therefore not a "Family Coat of Arms".  With specific rules a son can obtain his father's Coat of Arms, generally after the father's death.  However today, it seems that anyone can purchase a copy the Coat of Arms of William Hairstanes on the internet and in every tourist shop and it is now called the "Hairston Family Coat of Arms".