Spectemur agendo

Spectemur agendo

Spectemur Agendo is a Latin motto meaning "Let us be judged by our acts".


It comes originally from Book XIII of Ovid's Metamorphoses where it is attributed to the hero Ajax:

"Denique (quid verbis opus est?) spectemur agendo! "
which most literal translations render as
"Finally (what is the use of words?) let us be seen together in action!"

United Kingdom institutions

In the United Kingdom, it was first adopted as the motto of The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons) regiment of the British Army.

It is the motto of RAF Benson

It is also the civic motto of:
* London Borough of Lambeth, which uses the ponderous translation "Let us be regarded according to our conduct";
* London Borough of Hammersmith which prefers the translation "Let us be judged by our actions";
* the Northern English town of Barnsley, which uses the more direct "Judge us by our Actions" in publicity;and appears with the town crest on the shirts of Barnsley F.C. football club.

Spectemur agendo is also the motto of:
* Kingsbury High School
* the [http://www.theaircadets.co.uk 344 (Fulham) Squadron] of the Air Training Corps based in Hammersmith.
* the [http://www.albionfc.co.uk Albion FC] in Clapham, London.

Spectemur Agendo was once the motto of Newbridge Comprehensive School, South Wales.

United States institutions

In the United States, it is the motto of several college fraternities including:
* the Cap and Skull Senior Honor Society (Rutgers College),
* the Beta Charge of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Cornell University,

It is the Motto found on the challenge coin of Medic One paramedics.

It is the official motto of:
* Westminster Choir College
* Apple Valley Police Department of Minnesota.
* The Anaheim Kingsmen Drum and Bugle Corps - the 1972 DCI world champions.

Australian institutions

*Clyde House (formerly Clyde School) within Geelong Grammar School,
*Gosford High School, Gosford, New South Wales
*Lismore High School, Lismore, New South Wales
*Camberwell Grammar School, a Church of England school for boys in Melbourne, also wears the motto, preferring the translation "By our deeds may we be known".
*South Sydney High School, Maroubra, New South Wales
*The Forest High School, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales
* Hawthorn Football Club

Dutch schools

*Gymnasium Haganum (schoolpaper: spectemur agendo-spec)

outh African institutions

*South African College Schools, Cape Town, oldest school in South Africa.

Family and clan mottos

In Ireland, the motto also appear emblazoned upon the crest of the Donnelly, Shannon and Mott family crest.

It is the McClure Family Motto, the ancestors of the bearers of this surname were thought to be of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland.

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