Arms of the Clan Chief
A Coat of Arms is granted by the Sovereign through Her Majesty’s Lord Lyon King of Arms. The Grant of Arms document shows a shield for a male and a lozenge for a female. Above the shield is placed a helmet and on the top of this a Crest and Motto. The Crest for the Chief of Clan Hunter is a Hunting Hound and the Motto is Cursum Perficio translated from Latin means I will complete the course/ Finish the race. The heraldic terms for our Clan Chief’s Arms are: Or, Three Hunting Horns vert, Garnished and stringed Gules
Court of the Lyon
“Cursum Perficio – I will complete the course”
Clan Crest Badge
However, the heraldic property contained within it (the hound and motto) belong to the Clan Chief.
Our Clan Chief gives approval for Clan members to reproduce the Crest Badge on personal items provided that the following wording is placed underneath:
“Crest Badge of a Member of Clan Hunter”
This indicates that the badge is not being misappropriated.
Hunter Clan Standard
The heraldic standard first appeared in the mid-14th century in general use by personages of high rank. The standard appears to have been adopted for a rallying point during a battle for those troops, retainers and followers wearing the livery badge of the Chief.
The Pinsel is the Chief’s personal Pennant deployed on the field of battle. This is a small triangular flag, granted by the Lord Lyon to signify a person who has been delegated authority. The Clan Crest is depicted on the Pinsel along with the clan motto and the title of the laird. The background is generally composed of the main livery colour of the chief’s arms – in our case gold that indicates a Royal appointment as the King’s Huntsman. The motto ‘Cursum Perficio’ and the Pinsel also depict a stem of Sea Pink – Armeria Maritima – our designated Clan flower.
Clan Plant – Thrift
Sea Pink – Armeria Maritima
I will complete the course
Clan War Cry and Grace
Haud at hunds o’Hunterstoune!
Scots meaning – Persist, hounds of Hunterston!
You will find us off the A78 just north of West Kilbride. Look for our driveway marked by stone pillars and "Hunterston Estate"
Hunterston KA23 9QG
Telephone: 07808 315759
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OPENING TIMES AND ACCESS
Acccess to Hunterston Castle is strictly by appointment. Note that as a historic monument, wheel chair access is limited. More visitor information is available on our visitors page . Please email us to arrange a visit.