Spectemur Agendo is a Latin motto meaning Let us be judged by our acts.
Denique (quid verbis opus est?) spectemur agendo!
which is literally translated as
Finally (what is the use of words?) let us be judged by the doing [sc. deeds]!
It was the ship's motto of HMCS Qu'Appelle (DDE 264), with the translation Let us be judged by our actions.
United Kingdom institutions
It is the civic motto of:
- London Borough of Lambeth, with the translation Let us be regarded according to our conduct;
- London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, using the translation Let us be judged by our actions,
- it was also used by the previous Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith;
- the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley covering the town of Barnsley and a surrounding area in South Yorkshire. The Borough uses the more direct translation Judge us by our Actions in publicity; the motto appears with the town crest on the shirts of Barnsley F.C. football club.
Spectemur agendo is also the motto of:
- The RSEA (Rangers supporters erskine appeal)
- The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN)
- The Royal Dublin Fusiliers
- The Royal Munster Fusiliers
- RAF Benson
- The 148 (Barnsley) Squadron of the Air Training Corps Based in Barnsley
- The 344 (Fulham) Squadron of the Air Training Corps based in Hammersmith.
- Kingsbury High School
- the Albion FC Clapham, London.
- Maclear House, at King's College School, Wimbledon.
- Swindon Cricket Club
- Freemason Lodge in Germany (Düsseldorf)
- The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
- The Barnsley & District Table Tennis Association
and was once the motto of Dishforth Police Training Centre. The motto was then adopted by the North Eastern Police Training Centre at Durham, which opened when Disforth closed.
Spectemur Agendo was also the motto of the following institutions:
- Newbridge Comprehensive School, South Wales.
- Earsham Hall School, Bungay, Suffolk.
- Queens Park Rangers football club.
- Sunbury Grammar School, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex.
- Old Saltleians RFC, Birmingham
United States institutions
In the United States, it is the motto of several college student organizations including:
- the Cap and Skull Senior Honor Society (Rutgers University),
- the Beta Charge of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Cornell University,
It is the official motto of:
- The City of Troy (NY) Police Department Emergency Response Team (SWAT)
- Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ)
- Apple Valley Police Department of Minnesota.
- York City Department of Fire/Rescue (York, Pennsylvania).
- The Anaheim Kingsmen Drum and Bugle Corps - the 1972 DCI world champions.
- The Spring Hill High School soccer team in Spring Hill, Kansas, est 2007.
Sweet Briar College uses it as the class motto every four years. Their translation is We are proven by our actions
- 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.
- Clyde House (formerly Clyde School) within Geelong Grammar School,
- Gosford High School, Gosford, New South Wales
- Hawthorn Football Club
- Rivers College, Lismore High Campus, Lismore, New South Wales
- Newcastle Grammar School
- South Sydney High School, Maroubra, New South Wales
- The Forest High School, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales
New Zealand Schools
South African institutions
- Gymnasium Haganum (schoolpaper: spectemur agendo-spec)
- The family motto of the german noble family "von Hammerstein".
- A German freemason lodge in Düsseldorf.
Family and clan mottos
It is the family motto for the Cobb family, the Eager family and the Ager family, that can be found on its crest, dating back to ancestors who held the family seats in the counties of Yorkshire and Northumberland in England from ancient times.
It is also the McClure Family Motto, the ancestors of the bearers of this surname were thought to be of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland.
It is also the motto for the Houtman (or de Houtman) Dutch family explorers.
In England, it is the motto on the Hartley family crest from the time of Edward II.