Some time back I became interested in my Scottish roots and discovered that my maternal ancestors, the Blackwoods, were historically associated with Clan Douglas. I understand that normally, Scottish clan association is paternal, but given that my paternal ancestry is Welsh, I was curious if I could actually claim clanship through my mother's line, so … Continue reading My connection to Clan Douglas
A resounding hear, hear to David B. Appleton for this post on his blog: You'd Think ...: I mean, really, it's our national coat of arms, the arms of the United States of America. We've been using it for more than 200 years. And it's not a complex coat of arms, consisting as it does … Continue reading You’d Think …
Pimbley's dictionary of heraldry: Pimbley, Arthur Francis: Book digitized by Google from the library of University of Wisconsin - Madison and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.archive.org/details/pimbleysdiction00pimbgoog
The National Library of Ireland has a wonderful exhibit on Irish Heraldry:Heraldry: Coats of Arms Uncovered!: Heraldry had its birth on the battlefields of Medieval Europe. To distinguish themselves in battle, knights had unique, identifying designs painted on their armour.www.nli.ie/heraldry_site/
While I am on the topic of false honors and such, below is a post from the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, a Catholic chivalric order with regards to a group in Brazil that they claim to be falsely representing themselves. Translation into English courtesy of Google Translate.Meanwhile the false "order" ...: Coat of … Continue reading Meanwhile the false "order" …
From the Armorial Blog:Swedish Heralds: The “Heralds of Sweden” were a group of court officials attached to the Chancellery of the Orders of His Majesty the King (Kungl. Maj:ts Orden, KMO) and later to the State Archives’ heraldry unit as the State Herald. The Chancellery was set up in about 1748 to manage the newly … Continue reading Swedish Heralds
I recently ran across website that says for £29.99 ($47.74) one can become a 'real' titled laird of Scotland. Given that my maternal family are Blackwoods and came from Scotland, I thought what a great novelty to have hanging in my study (whenever I get a study...). I'm an American, and its not like I can … Continue reading Join the aristocracy – become a Scottish Laird, Lord or Lady!