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    The Peacock was the old crest of the Murrays and the peacock head still appears as the crest of Lord Arbuthnott whose arms also show a Murray connection. It is significant that Lord Arbuthnott held Bothwell Castle late into the 14th century. The crest is the peacock’s head and neck proper accompanied on either side by two arms from the elbows proper and vested in manches azure doubled argent with the motto ‘Praite’, meaning ‘Ready’. The word is probably Anglo-Norman although its exact etymology isn't known although the word can be rarely found in modern French but this usage in modern French isn't considered to be correct.

     

     

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