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Say It In Latin, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

July 29, 2016 , , ,

Coat of Arms of Scotland(1660-1689).

Coat of Arms of Scotland(1660-1689).

Latin is sometimes the most technical as well as the most expressive way to convey a concept.  The phrase Nemo Me Impune Lacessit means “Wha daur meddle wi’ me?” in Scottish.  This is the motto of the Scottish Dragoon Guards.  It translates literally into English as “No one cuts me with impunity.”  I like the way it makes clear where the line has been drawn. This was also the motto of my ancestors in the Stewart clan.  I like all my ancestral warriors, but I think I like the Scotsmen the best.  Even when they came to America to be Presbyterians they were badass Revolutionary War heroes in South Carolina.  They had a super strong sense of independence.

This phrase was taught to me by one of the gentle readers of this blog, and I treasure it, along with my ancestors who embodied it.  Thank you John Holton for this tasty and meaningful piece of history.  I hope to go someday to Edinburgh Castle where it is written above the entrance.

Edinburgh castle Nemo me impune lacessit

Edinburgh castle Nemo me
impune lacessit

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I did not know you had a South Carolina line?

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frederick e rehfeldt

July 30, 2016

Yes, the Taylors were religious nuts/badass soldier types in Waxhaw, SC


Pamela Morse

July 30, 2016

I love the coat of arms and the motto. Latin can be very clear — clearer than English. The Scots have a very interesting history.


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

August 8, 2016

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