SOME THOUGHTS ON HERALDRY
‘More snobbery, more nonsense and more bare-faced lying has attached itself to heraldry than any other human activity.”
(Christopher Lynch-Robinson and Adrian Lynch-Robinson, “Intelligible Heraldry”)
When I started this blog I thought that I might spice it up occasionally with some heraldry references, but I have some trepidation about tackling the subject. The main reason is that it is a subject that attracts snobs and social climbers, and so might not be regarded as one that is worthy of the attention of an egalitarian such as myself.
However, over time I have collected blazons of arms of individuals and families of East Yorkshire, and they are part of family history.
I will post them here, with a caveat. There is no such thing as a coat of arms of a surname. Just because a person has the same surname as the original bearer of a particular coat of arms they have no right to display those arms as their own or their family’s. In my opinion to do so would be a denial of one’s own ancestry and a pretence of a different lineage – a form of deceit, perhaps even self-deception.
A dictionary of heraldic terms can be consulted here
The term “visitation”, which will appear regularly in the heraldry posts, is explained under the letter V.