from very ancient times as Lords of the Castle of Wemyss, so named from the Gaelic word Uamch (a cave) derived from the lands and cliffs in which caves abound on the seashore.
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Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was John Weemes (Weemse, Wemyss) (c.1579-1636), a minister at Church of Scotland
scholar and exegete, educated at the University of St Andrews, appointed minister of Hutton, Berwickshire
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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: Je pense
Motto Translation: I Think.