A stained glass window in a mausoleum in the Lakewood Cemetery at Minneapolis, Minnesota, displays a yellow dragon with wings spread on a ruby red background, over the motto, AQUILA NON CAPIT MUSCAS.
The translation of the Latin motto to English is “The eagle does not catch flies” or “The eagle does not hunt flies“. Most likely this is a family crest. I am not quite sure, however, why an eagle is not depicted in the crest instead of a dragon. Also, the meaning is open to interpretation. Could it mean, “Don’t sweat the small stuff“?
It is a family crest, that of the Weston family. One of the oldest surnames dating as far back as the 1200’s A.D. Variations of the name are common as per the amount of illiteracy at the time. If you were a Weston you were from one of the western parts of the country of Scotland; Easton from the east, Sutton from the south, or Norton from the north.
Its the Drake family crest. Not Weston.
Thats why there is a freaking Dragon.
Drake = Dragon
As for the Latin, think more of an aristocratic pose if, well we’re too good for this sh*t.
Is this the Drake family that owned the Drake Hotel in Chicago ?
Maybe it’s the color of the dragon?
that is the weston family motto but not the weston crest
This is both the crest and motto of the Drake Family.
I purchased a large silver urn at an estate sale, it has both the latin inscription, and the dragon. The urn is quite large, about 22 inches tall and about 9 inches wide
I prefer this translation: A noble person does not give overmuch time to insignificant issues.
I’m doing family research. This is the Drake family crest and motto. Sometimes it was shown with a hand and BattleAxe above it.
I use it myself sometimes to decline eating food far beneath my station. As in Friend: “Hey Lance, wan’t a bite of deep-fried twinkie?” Me: “Aquila non capit moscas”
My maiden name is Drake and our family crest looks the same as this and has same phrase. The name Drake originally means Dragon. So maybe this was for thw last name Drake and why it has the dragon.
It is also the Motto of one of my family surnames the Wesson and on the family Crest.Used by many owned by none.
My great grandmother was a Lambert and she had a carved crystal paperweight (?) that had this motto engraved in it. My research shows the Lamberts were in France and the British Isles.
It also appears on what is claimed to be the Wadsworth Family crest. I suppose more than one family adopted it.