It's always fun for me when I run across an heraldic mystery (e.g., who's arms are those?), and then get to solve said mystery. It's even more fun when I can do this on the road, away from many of my heraldry books. (Though in this age of technological wonders, I can actually take much of my heraldic library - especially the general armorials and ordinaries - on the road with me, downloaded off such sites as Google books and the Internet Text Archive and saved as .pdf documents onto my 250 gigabyte external drive that literally will fit into my shirt pocket!) And it gets even better when, as this time, a bit of serendipity occurs, and I happen to run across a relevant entry in a book which I just happened to be reading at the time.
I'll discuss the heraldic mystery in this entry, and cover the solution in my next post.
We were in Virginia for a week earlier this month, where I was scheduled to give a presentation to the Virginia Beach Genealogy Society. We'd decided to use the one night presentation as an excuse for a full-blown history and research vacation. We were visiting the battlefield site at Yorktown, where the British forces under Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French forces during the American Revolutionary War.