A "Romeo Coates" motto seal
"While I live I'll Crow" (inscr. around cock in reverse); the days of the week are also inscribed
Presented to the Garrick Club by Charles Elme, 2007
The motto "While I live I'll Crow" was indeed the motto adopted by Robert "Romeo" Coates. However this stamp clearly dates from much later than his time in London. The origins of the motto lie with cock fighting and its use is widespread. It is the village motto of Dalston in Cumbria, where it can be seen on litter bins, and even of the Glasgow Southern Medical Society instituted in 1844, on whose logo it appears. The Doncaster showman George Thomas Tuby took it as his family motto - indeed the phrase with the cockerel appear on copper tokens used at Tuby's Luna Park on the South beach at Scarborough. Numerous examples of the seal, in various shapes and sizes, are known to exist.