Monday, September 25, 2017

Family Heraldry in a Small Scottish Church

To return to our heraldic tour of Scotland following last year's International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, our next stop was the lovely little St. Cuthbert's Church in Dalmeny, where almost right off the bat we were attracted to this display of heraldry:

The carved achievement of arms in the center, and the framed embroidered arms to the left, are those of Primrose, Earl of Rosebery.

The arms are blazoned: Quarterly: 1 and 4, Vert three primroses within a double tressure flory counter-flory or (Primrose); 2 and 3, Argent a lion rampant double-queued sable (Cressy). Not shown in either of the depictions here is the crest, A demi-lion gules holding in the dexter paw a primrose or. The supporters are Two lions or, and the motto Fide et fiduciâ (By fidelity and confidence).

Ah, there's nothing quite like having your arms prominently on display for everyone whoever visits the church to see.

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