In My Defens God Me Defend

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In my defens God me defend is the motto o baith the Ryal coat o airms o the Kinrick o Scotland an Ryal coat o airms o the Unitit Kinrick uised in Scotland.[1][2] Contemporar versions o the Ryal airms shaws the motto in the cutty form o IN DEFENS or, whaur Inglis is uised as an alternative tae Scots, IN DEFENCE.[3] The motto appears abuin the crest o the airms, in the tradeetion o Scots heraldry.[4][5]

Uisage[eedit | eedit soorce]

The motto IN DEFENS daesna anerly appear on the Ryal airms, but thegither wi the crest o the Ryal airms, upo the logo o baith the Croun Office an Procurator Fiscal Service an the General Register Office for Scotland an aw.

Origins[eedit | eedit soorce]

In My Defens God Me Defend coud come frae an auld Scots prayer:

In my defens God me defend
And bring my sawl to ane good end...
ane vertuous lyf procureth ane happie death[6]


In my defens God me defend
And bring my soul to ane guid end
When A am sick and like to die
Father of Heaven hath mercy on me.[7]

Awso, in the form o a couplet:

In me defens God me defend
An bring my saulle to ane guid end O Lord.[8]

See an aw[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. The Progress and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth, by John Nichols
  2. The Fourth part of the Institutes of Laws of England: Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts, by Edward Coke
  3. Public Sculpture of Glasgow by Ray McKenzie, Gary Nisbet
  4. "The Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada". Archived frae the original on 17 Mey 2007. Retrieved 18 Mey 2008.
  5. International Civic Heraldry
  6. "Electric Scotland". Archived frae the original on 13 Mey 2008. Retrieved 15 Mey 2008.
  7. "Annals of Banff: Index to old cemetery-Grave #423". Archived frae the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 26 Mey 2010.
  8. The Whole Book: Cultural Perspectives on the Medieval Miscellany by Stephen G. Nichols, Siegfried Wenzel – 1996 – Bodleian Library MS Arch. Selden B.24: A "Transitional" Collection. A S G Edwards – Appendix: Bodleian MS Arch f. 231v Archived 25 Apryle 2016 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 28 July 2008