A microscopic piece of heraldry necessarily stands condemned, because it merely pretends to hint that the owner thinks himself a person of distinction, instead of performing the true function of enabling the casual observer to identify the owner. Monograms and unostentatious heraldry are therefor the badge of the parvenu, and such heraldry is usually bogus. Genuine arms are almost always displayed boldly and beautifully at every possible opportunity, indoors and out. --
Thomas Innes of Learney, Scots Heraldry, pp. 161-162
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This is what happens when an heraldic artist has never seen anything more than a very rough description of an heraldic beast when painting ...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
A Pair of Armorial Stained Glass Windows
There is a really nice pair of windows in the Glasgow Cathedral; not a matched set, exactly, but a complementary pair.
The upper parts of the windows are filled with depictions of two saints: St. Andrew and St. James. (They are named in the windows, but it's certainly easy enough to tell who they are from their attributes: St. Andrew is carrying a cross of St. Andrew, or saltire; and St. James' cloak and hat are strewn with escallop shells, and he is carrying a pilgrim's staff. So who else could they be, really?)
The two windows bear a single inscription across their bases:
"This window dedicated to the glory of God and the memory of / & the gift of Sir Archibald Campbell of Succoth A.D. 1940
the original donor is the work of Herbert Hendrie. / It replaces glass provided Sir Archibald Islay Campbell A.D. 1861."
Sir Archibald Spencer Lindsey Campbell (1852-1941) was the 5th Baronet. His grandfather, Sir Archibald Islay Campbell (1825-1866) was the 3rd Baronet. The baronetcy was created September 17, 1808.
The windows also bear two coats of arms: the dexter (left) bears the arms of Sir Archibald Islay Campbell (Quarterly: 1 and 4, Gyronny of eight engrailed or and sable [Campbell]; 2 and 3, Azure a lion rampant argent within a bordure counter-compony argent and azure [Wallace of Ellerslie]):
and the sinister (right) bears the arms of Sir Archibald Islay Campbell marshalling those of his wife, Lady Agnes Grosvenor, the daughter of the Marquess of Westminster (Quarterly: 1 and 4, Azure a portcullis with chains pendent on a chief or on a pallet azure between two Tudor roses proper a cross flory between five martlets or [the arms of the city of Westminster granted as an augmentation]; 2 and 3, Azure a garb or [Grosvenor]):
Note that the mantling on each of the helmets bears a depiction of the arms.
The motto is Labore et perseverantia (With labor and perseverence, according to Fairbairn's Crests).
I'm an enthusiast of the arms of Campbell of Succoth because they have as a crest A camel's head couped proper. I first ran across these arms when doing research for my book Camels In Heraldry. I am currently - far too slowly for my own liking, but there's only so much time in the day and many other projects crying out to be done - working on a second edition with even more examples of camels in heraldry.