There’s an interesting article over at ClickOnWales by Trevor Fishlock entitled How heraldry prospers in today’s Wales. The subtitle says that he “reports on the extraordinary survival of an invented tradition,” and is accompanied by a number of quotes from and a picture of Tom Lloyd, Wales Herald Extraordinary.
It’s really a very nice article, explaining a bit of Welsh history, both ancient and modern, and heraldry, and how they intersect. It’s well worth a read, and I recommend it to you. You can find it on-line at http://www.clickonwales.org/2011/12/how-heraldry-prospers-in-today%e2%80%99s-wales/
(If you do go there to read the article, you may notice that the photograph of Wales Herald Extraordinary there is reversed. At first I thought he was wearing a tabard with the Scottish quarterings of the Royal arms, but then realized that all of the lions were facing sinister. Not to mention the fact that the medals worn by the men behind him appeared to be on the right breast instead of the left.)
One of my favorite lines from the article is: “A coat of arms is unique. Tom Lloyd agrees that it is a bit of showing-off, but believes strongly that it is there to be enjoyed as a part of family history.” I don’t think I could have said it better myself.