A Pictorial Heraldry Dictionary

Here’s a very useful heraldry dictionary. It is the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry by Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme, Batonvert Herald Extraordinary of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The Dictionary has 762 entries, is illustrated, (most have sources cited) and includes four different ways search. I know I will be using it! The Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry […]

The Unappreciated Salamander in Heraldry

Salamanders may seem unlikely creatures to be found on coats of arms but they appear on the arms of many families, both Royal and noble, throughout Europe. Salamanders were generally shown as in flames and sometimes with a human head. A green salamander surrounded by fire appears on the Douglass crest. Salamanders were used as symbols […]

Bishop Barron on His Episcopal Coat of Arms

Bishop Barron on His Episcopal Coat of Arms

Differing from other heraldry, Ecclesiastical heraldry varies notably in the use of distinctive insignia around the shield to indicate the bearer’s rank in the church. The most notable of these decorations is the hat with a low crown and wide brim, generally the Roman galero. The color and embellishment of this hat indicates rank. Red […]

Harris Coat of Arms

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Hamilton Coat of Arms

Hamilton Coat of Arms

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Griffin Coat of Arms

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] The Griffin Coat of Arms Heraldic Description: Sable a griffin segreant or. Source: Burke’s General Armory This Griffin coat of arms is of Irish origin. The surname Griffin means one who lived at the sign of the Griffin. Spelling varioation include O’Griffin. Griffith and Griffey. […]