The surname Marchbanks was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland. Samuel Marchbanks was a fictional character created by Canadian novelist and journalist Robertson Davies. He wrote four novels about the charcter.
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B. L. Marchbanks, American farmer who built what would later become known as Marchbanks Speedway, San Joaquin Valley near Hanford, California
C. Marchbanks, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1888 
Samuel Marchbanks, Canadian pseudonym of Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor Robertson Davies, eponym of The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks (1947), The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks (1949), and Samuel Marchbanks' Almanack (1967) and more
John Marchbanks Aitkenhead (1910-1998), British teacher
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Custos et pugnax Motto Translation: A preserver and a champion.
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)