ARMS (of that Ilk LR 1/310)
Azure, three geds hauriant Argent


A pike’s head Proper


Durat ditat placet (It sustains, it enriches, it pleases)

Ged’ is the Scots word for a pike. There are several lands named after this fierce fish, which may also be given in the plural as geddes. The arms of both Ged and Geddes show three pike, and this is clearly canting, i.e. merely a pun upon the bearer’s name. The English name for such a fish is ‘luce’, and various Norman families named De Lucy, also have coats of arms with these fish.


There may therefore have been a Norman knight come to Scotland who found that his De Lucy shield earned him the Scots name of Ged or Geddes.

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