Thursday, October 12, 2017

Embroidered Arms

I didn't discuss this piece of heraldic embroidery when I first discussed the heraldry of the organ loft in St. Cuthbert's Church in Dalmeny, Scotland, on September 25, 2017 (, since I was concentrating on the displays of the arms of the Earl of Rosebery then.

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.

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