“What is it that induceth you, what stirs you up to believe, or who told you that white signifieth faith, and blue constancy? An old paltry book, say you, sold by the hawking pedlars and balladmongers, entitled The Blason of Colours. Who made it? Whoever it was, he was wise in that he did not set his name to it. But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his s...ottishness. His presumption and overweening, for that he should without reason, without cause, or without any appearance of truth, have dared to prescribe, by his private authority, what things should be denotated and signified by the colour: which is the custom of tyrants, who will have their will to bear sway in stead of equity, and not of the wise and learned, who with the evidence of reason satisfy their readers. His sottishness and want of spirit, in that he thought that, without any other demonstration or sufficient argument, the world would be pleased to make his blockish and ridiculous impositions the rule of their devices.” - Rabelais
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't design and register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. (You can find some of my books about heraldry and a list of my articles and presentations about heraldry at "Our Website" below.) And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to ask or let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
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Monday, July 16, 2012
Herald in the News!
There was a really nice article in the Edinburgh Evening News published on July 4, 2012 relating to the induction of Prince William into the Order of the Thistle at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. The article was especially nice in that it didn’t spend a lot of time on the obvious, but was instead mostly an interview with Elizabeth Roads, Snawdoun Herald and Clerk to the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms. Here’s a 2006 photograph of Mrs. Roads about to introduce some Yank* who’s going to present at paper at the International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences held in St. Andrews, Scotland that year.
In the interview, she gives a little bit of background information of how people are seated at St. Giles Cathedral (Mrs. Roads is the one who gets to send out the invitations and determine the seating arrangements), some background into her own family history (she’s likely descended from one of the brothers of Robert the Bruce, and another of her ancestors was Sir James Balfour, Lord Lyon King of Arms in the 17th Century), and some about granting coats of arms today.