From Lowe's Curiosities of Heraldry: “It does not seem to have occured to these allegorizing worthies that the tincture of a charge may be diametrically opposed to the signification assigned to the charge itself. For example, the coat ‘Vert, a bull's head or’ by the armilogical rules cited above, would signify, as to the tinctures, pleasure and joy, while as to the charge it would mean rage and fury. Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean ‘a wrangler with a peacable disposition!!’”
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There is a brief July 5, 2012 article on the Inverurie Herald website about the flag of arms of the National Trust for Scotland that now flies over Fraser Castle, one of the Trust’s properties. The arms consist of the national flag, Azure a saltire argent, with a castle atop a mount issuant from base, and flanked dexter and sinister (left and right) by two thistles proper.
Property Manager Christina Low said that she “was looking for a new flag to fly at Castle Fraser - something which would remind people that the castle is cared or and conserved by the National Trust for Scotland. A colleague who is keen on heraldry mentioned that the Trust has its own coat of arms, so I managed to track it down with some research.”
Frankly, I’ll bet that it did take some research; I couldn’t find it on the website of the National Trust, or anywhere else. (Not even Wikipedia, one of my “go to” sources for general information.) All that the NTS website has is their logo, a (modern and up to date, no doubt) castle tower surmounting a roundel with the saltire of the Scottish flag. Anyway, it’s nice to know that the Trust has a coat of arms, even if they don’t use it.