ALEXANDER BUCHANAN of Ballat
The family of Buchanan of Ballat is descended through Thomas Buchanan of Carbeth, who was a younger son of Thomas Buchanan of Gartincaber and Drummakill. Thomas, first of Carbeth, had two sons, (1) Thomas who succeeded to Carbeth, (2) John in Easter Ballat.
I suggest that there may be a slight error in the recording of the information regarding the family, as I believe that Thomas Buchanan, first of Carbeth was a younger son of Thomas Buchanan of Gartincaber and Drummakill, and had a conveyancing from his father of the lands of Carbeth 31 May 1482 and died before 1493. He would therefore have been a grandson to Sir Walter and not a son. The error of one generation makes little difference in this case as the family are quite clearly descended through Sir Walter.
The arms are recorded in Lyon Register Volume 1, Page 264-5, 7 August 1784.
THE ARMS: Or, a lion rampant Sable, armed and langued Gules, within a double tressure flory counterflory of the second, all within a bordure engrailed of the third.
THE CREST: A dexter hand holding a dagger in pale both Proper.
THE MOTTO: 'Sanguine Inscribam' ( I wrote in blood )