Mac 'Ille Bride




Arms :  Vert agarb within an orle of cinquefoils Or
Crest :  an oystercatcher Proper charged with a cinquefoil Or
Motto :  BI GLIC
Granted :  The Court of the Lord Lyon,
                    26th March 1993 Lyon Register, volume 77, folio 39

The arms were designed by the late Dr. Patrick Barden who, as there were no other McBrides in the Lyon Register had no precedence to follow.  The arms are designed from reference to the name and the following extract from the 1993 ' The Double Tressure (No. 15) and was written by Dr. Barden.

" Mac 'Ille Bride comes from the servants, or followers of St. Bridget.  Bridget is a popular Celtic saint about whom very little is known, though there are many church dedications to her, witnessed by the name Kilbride."

" In the Herbrides, it was customary on Latha Feill Bride, St. Bride's Day, for the maids of the township to dress a corn sheaf and take it from house to house, where primroses from the machair were put into it by the women and girls, before taking it to church where it performed the funtion of the image of the Saint during the celebrations of the Candle Mass."

The arms of the sheaf of corn garlanded, as it were, with an orle of primroses from the green machair.  The crest is an oystercatcher, known in Gaelic as Gille - Bride, Saint Bridget's servant, and many readers will know that this friendly little seabird calls out " Bee - gleech - k " written as Bi Glic as in my motto.  This motto translates from the Gaelic as " Be Wise " and is one to which I will always aspire and doubtless never attain.

The Grant of Arms is shown across pages 56 and 57 of the Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia by George Way of Plein and Romilly Squire (the latter being the heraldic artist responsible for a maginificent Letters Patent).

St. Bride's or St. Bridget's day is 1st February.
Saint Bridget  453 ? - 523 ?, Irish holy woman.  She is often called St. Brigid, St. Bride, or St. Bridget of Kildare.  Little is known of her, but she did found a great monastary at Kildare.  She is buried at Downpatrick with St. Patrick and St. Columba, and with them she is patron of Ireland, hence her nickname Mary of the Gael.  St. Bridget is associated notably with chanty and justice.  Devotion to her was widespread in Great Britain before the Reformation, as witness many names, e.g, Bridewell, Kilbride, and McBride.



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