Lamb Family Coat of Arms

The Blazon per Fess, Argent and Vert, a barrulet wavy Azure between a herring drifter Sable in chief and 3 lambs gambolling Argent in base.

The top half is to do with both my Dadís father and motherís side of the family who were for generations fishermen in the North East of Scotland. My Dadís fatherís family headed down from Peterhead to Aberdeen and his motherís family headed North to Aberdeen possibly from as far South as Stonehaven. Iíve managed to trace my Grandmotherís family back to 1750. It starts with a John Leiper who was born in 1750 and who married an Anne Smith. Now he may not have been a fisherman, but the more recent generations going back to the early 1800ís were. Anyway, concerning both sides, if they werenít catching it, they were making barrels for it or gutting it.

So back to the top half of my Shield. It shows a herring drifter Sable (black). This is a specialised boat used in the late part of the 1800ís. It is recognised by its 2 sails. There is one of its kind called ĎReaperí that has been restored by the Scottish Fishing Museum in Anstruther in Fife. The reason for the decline in these boats is steam. Steam engines were fitted to fishing boats in the late 1800ís and early 1900ís and they meant that catches were more productive. Most of these steam boats operated from Aberdeenís port and so the reason for the slow migration of fishermen from northern and southern harbours towards Aberdeen.

The wavy blue band obviously represents the sea.

The bottom half is to do with my maiden name which was Lamb. In this regard, the Arms are Ďcantingí Arms ie a play on words. Happily though, my Mums family, again for generations were tenant farmers in and around Huntly in Aberdeenshire and so it all fits quite well.

These Arms are a first in Lyonís Registers for 2 reasons. This is the first recording of a herring drifter and also a first in terms of the Blazon which describes the lambs as gambolling. Normally they are paschal or holy lambs