GlassfordCoat of Arms and Crests
The use of Armorial Bearings (Coats of Arms) is governed by the Act of 1672 and it is the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Edinburgh who administers the law. In Scotland, there are no such things as "Family Crest" or "Family Coat of Arms" which anyone can assume, or the whole family can use. Arms, are as personal as a person's name, they are used to define and identify a person. They are a form of individual heritable property, devolving upon one person at a time by succession from the grantee or confirmee, and thus descend like a Peerage.  "Burke's General Armoury" officially documents the Coats of Arms and Crests for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and in the 3rd imprinting (1967) it identifies three (3) Coats of Arms related to the Glassfords, in addition the internet has added a 4th one to the mix.
 

 

This Crest appears to be the base is associated with Glassford's from Lanark county and no date is given for its origin although the location fits with the story told by William Glassford for the Progenitor of the family. This Coat of Arms and family has no crest or motto included with it and is described as: (the shield by itself is the Coat of Arms) 

"AR. A BEND ENGR. BETW. TWO SPUR-ROWELS GU"  

When translated this means: "Silver shield with a red engrailed (scalloped edged) diagonal running from right to left between two red spur-rowels". 

  
Glassford of Douglastoun Crest

A second Glassford described in Burke's is identified as related to Glassfords from the Douglastoun area and was assigned in 1769. The Coat of Arms is the same as the basic one; however, a crest and motto are associated with this line. The crest includes above the shield a helmet which is described as: 

"Two hands conjoined issuing out of clouds grasping a rod of mercury ensigned on the top with a cap of liberty between two cornucopias, all naturally coloured." 

The Family Motto is: "PRISCA FIDES” this translates to "Ancient Trust" and can be traced to John Glassford Tobacco Lord. 

 
Glassford Crest Identified by William Glassford Scriptor 
in 1834.

The third Glassford Burke's identifies also includes a twist in the spelling of the name although the spelling is one which George F. Black's "Surnames of Scotland" references. Burke's indicates that the spelling used was both Glassford as well as Glasfurd. This Coat of Arms was assigned to a Glasfurd living in Borrowstouness, Scotland and was assigned in 1672. This Coat of Arms is described as: 

  "AR A BEND ENGR BETW TWO SPUR ROWELS IN CHIEF GU AND A BUGLE HORN IN THE BASE OF THE SECOND, STRINGED AND GARNISHED SA." 

This translates to : Silver shield with a red engrailed diagonal running from right to left between two red spur-rowels in the upper half and a horn in the lower half." 

The Family Motto is: "MENTE ET MANU" this translates to  "With Heart and Hand". 
It is this Crest (with the bugle removed) that William Glassford, the Scriptor of 1834 identifies as his although it is not listed in Burke's. The horn modification of the original and the movement of the rowels to a single area suggest a cadet branch of the original family.  The omission of the horn from William’s Arms suggests a cadet branch of the Borrowstouness line. 

 

Glassford Crest used by the Facebook group Glassfords

This Crest is one that is used on the web by the Facebook group GLASSFORD. It appears to reflect the Borrowstouness crest with the exception that the spur rowels have been replaced by hares again suggesting that this belonged to a cadet branch of Borrowstouness.

 

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