The Arms of Hogarth of Firhill
Badge of the Hogarth Clan

The Hogarth of Firhill Tartan

I have been asked, more than once, whether there's a family crest, or coat of arms, for the Hogarth family.  Cat, in Elora, Ontario, discovered the crest and the accompanying details, below, but out of curiosity, I wrote to the editor of The Baronage Press - the Internet's foremost authority in this field - who kindly responded by providing extensive information for this page.

Now for the bad news... don't try this at home!  If you're thinking of using this crest because your name is Hogarth, please be advised that a legal entitlement is prerequisite and there are pitfalls and penalties for the unwise, or dishonest.  Please visit The Baronage Press for an explanation of what actually constitutes 'entitlement'.

Cat's original research:

I'm doing some research on the family crest. I've found a reference in 'Fairbairn's Book of Crests', Plate 51, #3, which I have scanned (above).

"The reference under the alphabetical index of the crests, families of Great Britain and Ireland and the colonies, under the Hogarth name, is as follows:

'Hogarth, R.G., F.R.C.S., of: 60 Ropewalk, Nottingham.  A horse's head couped between two wings.  Candor dat viribus alas.

Under the listing of family mottos, it has 'Candor dat viribus alas'. Candour gives wings to strength.  Boyd, Hogarth, Howgart, Rochfort.

    Cat =^..^=

Notes by The Baronage Press:

1.   Howgart is a spelling of Hogarth that I've met only, so far, in the western border area and on both sides.  The use of this form of the crest by a Howgart would be, I suspect, on the English side.

2.   Robert Hogarth, FRCS, had only one son, John, who died on active service in Italy, 1944, so this crest's use in that branch of the family is terminated.

3.   The Australian branch founded in 1875 by the Aberdonian William Hogarth, 3rd son of William Hogarth of Firhill, tended to used this design on their signet rings, but in the current generations they are believed to be reverting to the correct Pegasus's head (in which the wings are attached to the shoulders and not separated).

4.   Only four Hogarth coats of arms are known to be lawful:

i Hogarth of Firhill (Scottish) extant.
ii Hagart of Bantaskine (Scottish) whose line is now extinct
iii Hogarth (English) whose line also is now extinct
iv That which was awarded in 1962 to Hugh Hogarth of the Glasgow-based family which owns the shipping line and still flourishes.

The Firhill arms, whose most recent matriculation was in 1970 (Scots are expected to rematriculate, when the descent is in a straight line, at least every second generation), have for crest a Pegasus head Or winged Azure, each wing charged with an estoile as in the Arms.  I attach a picture.  This crest may be lawfully worn within a strap-and-buckle by Hogarth clansmen, but it may not be lawfully used without the strap-and-buckle (nor are the arms available for use by anyone whose surname happens to be Hogarth, despite what the bucketshops pretend).  The Hogarth tartan is registered at Lyon Office in Edinburgh and can be seen at the Tartan Museum and also online here. Although there are hundreds of authentic tartans, very few have been registered with the Lord Lyon (42 when I last checked).

I've added pictures of the badge and the tartan.  The tartan GIF file makes the tartan look rather dull.  In reality it is much better than this and is extremely attractive in sunshine.

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