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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 70  1956  page 13
The Origin and First Hundred Years of the Society

By Frank W. Jessup, Honorary General Secretary   continued

   Another problem was the Society’s badge. Larking thought that we ought to have one, and he asked Thomas Willement, F.S.A., the Faversham antiquary, to try his hand at a design. Willement objected to the Kent horse, as too reminiscent of the Fire Office device, but Larking said that we must have the horse "rendered medieval by giving it the character of a Barb—or Cart Horse—and expelling reminiscences of Fire Office plates, by diapering." When Willement’s design came, Larking, who disliked it, had placed himself in an awkward position by having already asked Herbert Smith, a London artist, also to produce a design. The motto Cantwara Maegth (the tribe of the Kent men) was Larking’s own suggestion, and met with the approval of Thomas Wright and of the Rev. J. Bosworth, Rawlinson Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford, who supplied the following note on the interpretation of the words:
      "As to the meaning of the motto ‘Cant.wara maegth
  
‘—‘Cant-wara maegth’ does not merely mean the
    tribe, people, district, or county of Kent or of Kentish
    men, but Wara denotes Kent-dwellers, those who
    inhabit Kent, those who are bound together, who
    dwell in all their domestic comforts as husbands;
for
   ‘ware’is allied to ‘wer,’ a man, a husband.
       "‘Maegth’
has a, still more extensive meaning; it
     denotes a tribe, people, the locality of a tribe, a
     district, province; what has influence or power, 

   originates or increases as woman; from ‘maeg,’
   a woman; ‘magan,’ to be able, to prevail.
     
"Hence ‘Cant-wara maegth’ may be paraphrased 
    and may include, whatever has been done by men,
    husbands of Kent, spellbound to the district, and
    influenced
by the noble deeds and the great works of
    antiquity, by the gentle and all-persuasive power of
    woman."

Bosworth also designed the lettering of our badge. The horse, unfortunately, gave a lot of trouble. Smith produced a design, in the shape of the Alfred Jewel, which met with the commendation of Larking and of those to whom he showed it, but the engraver, who was set to work on Smith’s drawing, proved unskilful. There was acrimonious correspondence, the artist blaming the engraver, the engraver complaining that the artist could not draw horses. The advice of Wollaston Franks, Director of the Society of Antiquaries, was obtained, but all to no avail:
"the beastly Tattersall nag was retained," wrote Larking feelingly, ". . . the horse more like a unicorn than a horse." It so happened that, at this time (December, 1858), Landseer was paying a visit to Larking’s friends, the Betts of Preston Hall, and all was arranged for Larking to consult Landseer 
("to coax a horse out of him "), when Landseer "was called to London to draw a portrait of the Lion which

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