The McKerrell of
Charles James Mure McKerrell of Hillhouse OstJ.
Arms: Azure on a fess Or,
three lozenges Gules, within a bordure engrailed Argent
Crest: a Roman soldier on his
march with a standard and utensils all Proper
Motto: DULCIS PRO PATRIA
Matriculated: The Court of
the Lord Lyon 11th July 1973. Lyon Register, volume 56, page 60.
The arms were originally
matriculated by Lieut-Colonel William McKerrell, younger of Hillhouse in volume
one of the Lyon Register (page 585, 8th February 1802). He was son and heir of
John McKerrell of Hillhouse. The Colonel raised The Royal Paisley Volunteers at
his own expense when the country was threatened by an invasion by Napoleon
He was presented by the
Officers of the Regiment with a silver gilt sword with the arms on the blade
accompanied by the following inscription 'as a lasting Testimony of their High
Respect for the Zeal and Ability Displayed by him as their Commander and their
Sincere Regard for him as a Man'.
The Colonel's father
reputedly started the silk industry in Paisley, when he brought the first weft
of silk there.