is a Latin
motto meaning Let us be judged by our acts
It comes originally from Book XIII of Ovid
where it is attributed to the hero Ajax
Denique (quid verbis opus est?) spectemur agendo!
which most literal translations render as
Finally (what is the use of words?) let us be seen together in action!
United Kingdom institutions
In the United Kingdom, it was first adopted as the motto of The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons) regiment of the British Army.
It is the motto of RAF Benson
It is also the civic motto of:
and appears with the town crest on the shirts of Barnsley F.C. football club.
Spectemur agendo is also the motto of:
Spectemur Agendo was once the motto of Newbridge Comprehensive School, South Wales.
United States institutions
In the United States, it is the motto of several college fraternities including:
It is the Motto found on the challenge coin of Medic One paramedics.
It is the official motto of:
- Clyde House (formerly Clyde School) within Geelong Grammar School,
- Gosford High School, Gosford, New South Wales
- Lismore High School, Lismore, New South Wales
- Camberwell Grammar School, a Church of England school for boys in Melbourne, also wears the motto, preferring the translation By our deeds may we be known.
- South Sydney High School, Maroubra, New South Wales
- The Forest High School, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales
- Hawthorn Football Club
- Gymnasium Haganum (schoolpaper: spectemur agendo-spec)
South African institutions
Family and clan mottos
In Ireland, the motto also appear emblazoned upon the crest of the Donnelly, Shannon and Mott family crest.
It is the McClure Family Motto, the ancestors of the bearers of this surname were thought to be of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland.