Ged

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Ged are, or were, a Scottish family who did not have a chief recognised by the Lyon King of Arms and were therefore considered an armigerous clan.

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Arms of Ged of that Ilk from Sir James Balfour Paul's Scottish Ordinary (1672-7)<ref>http://www.heraldry-online.org.uk/geddes/geddes-arms.htm</ref>

Origins

'Ged' is the Scots word for Pike. There are a number of areas of land named after this fish, and its plural, 'geddes'. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 394</ref> This is 'canting' or punning on the bearer's name. The English name for this fish is 'luce' and various Norman families with the name De Lucy also have arms with these fish. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 394</ref>

A theory is that a Norman knight in Scotland found that his shield earned the nickname of Ged or Geddes.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 394</ref>

Black states that one William Geddes was killed in 1558 in a feud with the family of Tweedie.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 394</ref>

Middle Ages

In 1304 Laurence Ged was listed as a juror at an inquest into the lands of William Melville. <ref>PoMS http://db.poms.ac.uk/record/person/19659 (accessed 27th May 2014)</ref>

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