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This coat of arms sits in front of the balcony on the central aisle in Kirkcudbright Parish Church.
Can anyone help identify whose coat of arms this is? And what does the motto say?

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Comment by William Douglas on July 18, 2020 at 17:10

Motto "Firmior quo paratior" (Stronger and more prepared)

Comment by William Douglas on July 16, 2015 at 19:14

I had an incredible response to this request.

It is the coat of arms of Sir Charles Dunbar Hope-Dunbar of St. Mary's Isle, 6th Bt. who was born on 12 July 1873. He was the son of Captain John Hope of St. Mary's Isle and Rebecca Marion Blackburn.

Born Charles Dunbar Hope, his name was legally changed to Charles Dunbar Hope-Dunbar on 1 June 1916 when he succeeded to the title of 6th Baronet Dunbar, of Baldoon [N.S., 1664]. the title had lain dormant since 1686.

He fought in the Boer War and in the First World War when he was a Major in the Royal Field Artillery. He was a Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) and a Justice of the Peace (J.P.).

He married, firstly, Edythe Mary Ramsden, daughter of Richard Ramsden, on 31 January 1906, and secondly, Marjorie Ford, daughter of Hugh Chesterton Ford, on 21 October 1948.

He died on 6 January 1958.

Captain John Hope of St. Mary's Isle was born on 30 January 1843. He was the son of Hon. Charles Hope and Lady Isabella Helen Douglas, the daughter of Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk.

The Dunbar, later Hope-Dunbar Baronetcy, of Baldoon, is a title in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia.

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