We ran across a couple of framed pages containing coats of arms in our hotel. However, the arms displayed were from, of all places, Scotland! (I know that I’ve said many times that “you can find heraldry everywhere!”, but these displays surprised even me.) Each frame contained four coats of arms. The first was:
lord gordoun: Azure three boar’s heads couped argent.
lord gyffert of auld: Barry [of six] ermine and gules.
lord boyis of dryvisdaill of auld: Argent a saltire and a chief sable.
lord of nyddisdaill of auld: Sable a lion rampant argent.
Modern standardized spellings of the names would be: Lord Gordon; Lord Giffard of Old; Lord Boyes of Drysdale; and the Lord of Nithsdale of Old.
I’m not sure where this second page of arms comes from; it does not seem to be from David Lindsay of the Mount’s Armorial. But I do know where it ended up; on the wall at the Hotel Paris in Florence.
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