Culdees castle church

This piece of stained glass (about 500mm x 400mm) is in our house but came from our adjoining castle. I think it came from a since ruined church on the same site. Anyone know what it means?

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The heraldry makes play on ACRE (plough and barley brew) and HACKER (with the bladed instrument above the plough and the halberd). Such visual puns are called Canting Heraldry as the Heraldry Society explains. (Thanks! to TRiG)

The latinised name below the heraldry simply reads

Marci Ackerman (?Ackermani) : 1561

"Of Mark Ackerman : 1561"
The words are in the possessive case to indicate whose window (or whose castle, or room).

  • Isn't it Marti? The letter is very different from the 'c' in Ackerman.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 23:14
  • @Colin Fine , That's possible, since Mark and Marty are currently family names for Ackermans.
    – Hugh
    Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 1:14

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