Monday, March 21, 2016

"Trump trumped by Lord Lyon in arms race"

At least, that's what one commenter said the headline should have read.

"The headline to what?" you ask. Why, an article a short while ago (March 4, 2016) by Susan Morrison on the website of the Edinburgh Evening News, of course. She had entitled it: "All fur coat (of arms) and nae knickers, Don"  The article is a little bit about heraldry, a little smaller bit about potholes, and a fair bit about one of the U.S.'s candidates for President, Donald Trump.

My favorite two paragraphs in the article are:

The Lord Lyon can sort out any problems you may have with your heraldry. I know. Hardly a day goes past when I think, jings, look at the state of my coat of arms. My supporters are dodgy and my Latin motto’s gone mouldy. Must take myself along to a Pursuivant for a quick once over on the old quartering of the shield.
Of course, I don’t. Peasants like thee and me have no right to the fancy bling of a silken banner above our heads on the field of battle, which basically is what a coat of arms was, or as I like to look at it, brand recognition for aristocratic homicidal maniacs in the Middle Ages.

And she goes from that to some of the troubles that The Donald had up in Aberdeenshire with his use of a coat of arms which had not been properly granted and entered in the Register of the Court of the Lord Lyon.

And I really got the feeling that she does not care for Mr. Trump in her final paragraph:

I hold no brief nor regard for the fanciful fol-de-rols of the nobility, but every time the snarling tangerine appears, and he’s doing it with distressing regularity, it’s good to remember that rainy morning in Aberdeen when the ghosts of Robert the Bruce’s heralds stood behind their lawyer as he slam-dunked possibly the most repellent man who has ever run for President, and I’m including Nixon. Go Herald Pursuivant.

All in all, it's a pretty funny article, and what she says about heraldry is for the most part true (more than the average article about heraldry, certainly). If these excerpts have given you the desire to read the whole thing, Ms. Morrison's article can be found on-line at

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