An uncle of mine by marriage, who was a very distinguished historian, once asked me, when I was a young man, whether I was interested in Heraldry. I said that I was not. ‘I'm glad of that,” he said, “heraldry strikes me as being for a historian about on the same level of interest as stamp collecting.” – Maurice Keen, in the Preface to Origins of the English Gentleman
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But any display of heraldry is worth looking at on its own, and so today we come back to the other coat of arms on the organ loft, that of Moubray.
Burke's General Armory gives two branches of the Moubray family bearing these arms, one in Barnbougle, county Edinburgh, and one in Cockairny, county Fife. The blazon is Gules a lion rampant argent ducally crowned or. The crests of the two branches, neither of which appears in this embroidery, are A demi-lion gules and A demi-lion argent, respectively.
It's a beautiful piece of embroidery, with well-done outlining and shading throughout, and a worthy remembrance of the Moubray family here in St. Cuthbert's.