"The earliest version we have traced appears in Logan
and R.R. MacIan's "The Costumes of the Clans" published in 1845-47.
The shield is simply shown with three six-pointed stars and three buckles
with the motto "E Labore Dulcedo" (work brings happiness) the full
arms are seen later to incorporate a "Thistle and Bee" in the Crest.
The Inneses have attempted to claim this shield as belonging to the MacInneses
of Speyside - saying that in reality these MacInneses were Moray Inneses (Clan
Innes is not mentioned in "The Costumes of the Clans". the Coat
of Arms was never matriculated but is often referred to as the "ancient
arms of the MacInneses" but where was the source for MacIan claiming
these arms to belong to the MacInneses - the Fergusons also have a thistle
and bee on their crest - the search continues."
MacInnes, Donald. Clann Aonghais, Scottish
Newsletter of the Clan MacInnes Society. Issue Number 1, November