<i>'Spey’s official motto is “Mack Sicker.” This appears to be a mangled transliteration from Scots Gaelic of the motto of the Kirkpatrick Clan, “I’ll mak siccar.” The story goes that in the year 1306, Sir Roger Kirkpatrick was a retainer of Robert the Bruce. Robert got into a fight with one John Comyn during talks between the two about a plot to usurp the Scottish throne. After having realised that Comyn was loyal to the sitting monarch, the Bruce stabbed him before running out of the church where they had met, shouting that he thought he had killed Comyn.
Kirkpatrick, so the story goes, drew his dagger and said “I’ll mak siccar.” (I’ll make sure).'</i>