The crest of the Cranstouns, in allusion to their name, is a crane
dormant, holding a stone in his foot, with an emphatic Border motto,
Thou shalt want ere I want. Arms thus punning on the name,
are said heraldrically to be "canting".
The place on Carlisle wall where the moss-troopers, if caught,
were hung. The neck-verse was the first verse of Psalm 51. If a criminal
claimed on the scaffold ``benefit of his clergy,'' a priest instantly
presented him with a Psalter, and he read his neck-verse. The power
of reading it entitled him to his life, which was spared; but he
was banished from the kingdom.