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Last Update: 20/06/2022



Andrew Hugh Rigg

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 20th June 2022. Registration No. 0641 (Vol.4).

Arms: Argent, upon a chevron, between in chief two cocks Sable combed and wattled Gules legged Or and in base a sprig of Marri nuts Proper, three annulets Or.

Crest:  Upon a grassy mound Vert a cock Sable combed and wattled Gules legged Or.

Motto:  Virtute et Labore.

Assumed: Australia, 13th June 2022.

Arms designed by the armiger with assistance from, and emblazoned by, The Armorial Register Ltd.

The arms of Andrew Hugh Rigg

Burkeís General Armory ascribes the arms "Ermine on a chevron Gules three annulets Or" with a crest of "A human heart Or, charged with a rose Gules" to "Rigg (Co. Cumberland)" without giving further details. The same arms with a crest of "A cock Sable combed and wattled Gules" are ascribed to "Rigg (Chorlton-on-Medlock, co. Lancaster, 1875)". The original Fairbairn editions ascribes this Crest to "Rigg of Chorlton-on-Medlock, Lancs.".

The cockerel reappears, as a crest, in the arms of Rigg of Dounfield, Fife, Rigsland, Scotland and Rigg (Rigsland, afterwards Morton, Scotland). The crest also appears in an unattributed coat for Rigg viz: Arms: Argent a chevron between three mullets Sable. Crest: A cock Sable combed and wattled Gules. Motto: Virtute et labore.

It would seem therefore that the crest of a cock is a common feature of Rigg (and variant) arms however, it does not appear to feature in the actual arms, being only the crest. The Rigg family of Westmorland and in particular Lt Col Hugh Rigg of the HEIC Indian Army, Sheriff of Westmorland and Deputy Lieutenant of Westmorland, utilised a Sable cock as the family emblem. The armiger is a direct descendant (great, great grandson) of Lt Co Rigg and his wife Margaret Carthew.

These arms were created to incorporate design elements from the Cumberland and Lancashire families but with sufficient differences to indicate no known relationship. The Marri nuts (Corymbia calophylla) are the fruit of a variety of eucalyptus that is native to the area where the armigerís family farm was located and where he grew up. The nuts are iconic; known by local children as honkey nuts and the armiger fondly remembers waging honkey nut wars at school, throwing the hard nuts at each other and getting themselves into trouble with the teachers!

The surname Rigg comes from the Old English word rigge, or the Old English word hrycg, both of which mean ridge. It is possible that the chevron in the arms of the original armigerous families alludes to a ridge and the armiger has added a grassy mound to the crest to add to this reference. 

The Rigg family of Western Australia, the only direct descendants of Lt Col Hugh Rigg and Margaret Carthew of Crossrigg Hall, are a prominent family, well regarded in the Harvey Shire and surrounding district, being especially well known for farming practice innovation and sporting prowess.

 

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