Kilmarnock Football Club was established in 1869, making it one of the oldest clubs in the world (playing according to the rugby football code when it was formed, Killie is technically the 18th oldest club in the world and the second oldest [after Queen’s Park Football Club] Scottish club now playing according to association football code).
Kilmarnock’s original badge, from their 1873 to 1887 strip, featured a football with an emerging hand of blessing, a symbol borrowed from the Kilmarnock coat of arms (based upon the badge of Clan Boyd, whose seat is based in Kilmarnock) representing the sixth-century disciple of St Columba, St Marnon (Gaelic: Cill Mhearnáig, Cill Mo-Ernóc or from the Martyrology of Aberdeen, Ernáin of Midluachair), from whom the name Kilmarnock derives. From 1887 to 1977, the club’s shirt didn’t feature a badge. In 1977, a version of the current badge was incorporated into the kit. The badge makes use of more heraldic symbols from the Kilmarnock/Boyd coat of arms, including the two supporting red squirrels and the blue and white heraldic wreath. The top of the badge features the Latin motto, CONFIDEMUS (‘we trust’), derived from the Boyd motto, CONFIDO (‘I trust’). Below is my initial Kilmarnock redesign that was published on 10 August 2013:I was never quite satisfied with the redesign above. I always appreciated the content of the Kilmarnock badge and my redesign was an attempt to update the established design. With my 2018 redesign, I decided to go far more minimalistic, while calling back to the 1873 to 1887 badge.
As far as the kits go, I display my 2013 design on the home shirt and my 2018 design in white on the away shirt below. The home strip utilises the established Kilmarnock vertical stripes, first featured on the 1896 home strip and used throughout most of Killie’s history. The away strip borrows its colour and buttoned collar from some of the club’s earliest home shirts.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.