“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
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Heraldry in the News
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.