It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't 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. 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 let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
The tour organizers took us into the Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow, which had a lot of heraldry in various media. I hope to share with you some of the heraldry in the choir stalls, but it may take a little while to get the coats of arms identified; we'll see if my time will allow that in the near future.
But, of course, the Chapel has a display of the Royal Arms, in this instance, carved in stone:
It is a depiction in a modern style (as, indeed, many of the other sculptures and carvings are) of the Royal Arms as used in Scotland, with the collar of the Order of the Thistle (of thistles and rue, get it? "And-rew") with an image of St. Andrew bearing his cross before him pendent from it.
I might wish that the lion supporter looked a little less primitively carved, but all in all there's something about this depiction of the Royal Arms that I really like.