|In 1672 David was the last Laird of Meikledale and last
Chief of Clan Little to register arms. His full coat of arms consists of
the shield and the crest:
The Shield shows the arms - a silver St. Andrew's Cross on a black background.
The dominant black and silver (black and white) comprise the livery colors
of the Border Littles.
The crest of the chiefs of Clan Little was a demi-lion in black spattered
with silver saltires; in his right paw he holds a cutlass, in his left
the cross of St. Andrew. The only splash of color is in the red claws.The
Crest rests on a wreath of the livery colors.
A crest was originally attached to the top of the helmet and, like the
arms on the shield and surcoat, had the function of identifying the otherwise
unrecognizable fully-armored leader to his followers on the field of battle.
The Chiefs of the Little Clan had two mottoes:
(no surrender, no retreat, yield no ground)
"Fidei Coticula Crux"
(The Cross is the Test of Truth)
Mottoes popular with later arms-bearing Border Littles
"Magnum in Parvo"
(Great in Little)
"Multum in Parvo"
(Much in Little)
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