|Dimensions||13 x 15 x 4 in|
Amazingly detailed rendition of the Clan Cunningham Clansman’s Crest Badge as a decorative wall plaque. Cold Cast Bronze Resin. Measures 11″ X 14′.
The circular belt has the Motto of the Chief of the Clan inscribed in it. Within the belt is the crest of the Clan Chief. The belt and buckle denote the clansman.
Crest: The Head of a Unicorn.
Motto: Over Fork Over.
The Clansman’s Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Cunningham Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any Cunningham descendant.
“Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” – Remember the men from whom you are descended.
There are a variety of colorful stories relating to the Cunningham’s motto and coat of arms. The best known story has a connection with the historical Macbeth. After killing Duncan (1st Historical King of Scotland), Macbeth sent his men to kill Duncan’s son, Malcolm Canmore. While being chased by Macbeth’s men, prince Canmore took refuge in the barn of a lowland farmer, Malcolm, son of Friskin. Understanding the danger the prince was in, the son of Friskin told Malcolm Canmore to hide under some straw in the barn. The farmer received help covering the prince and called out to his companion, “Over, fork over,” as they worked to heap layers of straw over the prince. Another version says the prince ordered the son of Friskin to quickly put straw over him, telling the farmer to “Over, fork over!” When Macbeth’s men approached the barn a few moments later, they asked if the farmer had seen the prince. Malcolm, son of Friskin replied he had not, saving the prince’s life.
When Macbeth was later defeated in battle and killed seventeen years later by Malcolm Canmore, he came to the throne as Malcolm III. He did not forget the son of Friskin’s heroic deed and awarded the farmer the Thanedome of Cunninghame, arms, and motto. The motto, “Over fork Over,” recalled the event that saved the king’s life. Sir George Mackenzie however relates in his opinion that, although the story about saving Malcolm III’s life is charming, the “charge” is actually a reference to the office of Master of the King’s Stables.
Another explanation is that the Cunningham “charge” and motto are a reference to a family friendship.
The Cunninghams were great allies of the Comyns, whose shield bore sheaves of corn. The Comyn’s and the Bruce’s were bitter enemies. When the Comyn dynasty was overthrown by the Bruces, the Cunninghams sided with the Bruces, but adopted the shake-fork as an ingenious reference to their former allies. The shakefork was used to fork over sheaves of corn.
Ardrossan Academy in Ayrshire holds that the Cunninghams got their motto and coat of arms fighting for Robert the Bruce. The English held a powerful castle called Linlithgow. It was too powerful for a frontal assault, so the Scots had to figure out a way to penetrate the castle’s defenses. Using guile and possibly borrowing a page from Homer’s story of the Trojan Horse, the Cunninghams concealed themselves in carts under bales of hay and surprised the English guards at the castle’s gate. Jumping out from under the hay, the Cunninghams “fell upon them with their forks, tossing the English into the air like hay and shouting their cry ‘Over, fork, over!” They secured the gate and let the rest of Bruce’s force enter and take control of the castle.
Artist: Maxine Miller
|Dimensions||13 x 15 x 4 in|
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