Monday, October 2, 2017

Primrose, Maybe?

A minor heraldic mystery at St. Cuthbert's Church in Dalmeny, Scotland, is the coat of arms carved into one of the corbels there.

The arms are clearly (and nicely!) carved as Two chevronels between three roses.

Unfortunately, no attribution has been found for these arms. Ian Shepherd, who wrote an article in Tak Tent No. 72 (the quarterly newsletter of the Heraldry Society of Scotland) about our visit to St. Cuthbert's Church in Dalmeny, notes the citation in Burke for Primrose, Azure a chevron or between three primroses slipped proper, and posits that these are "Primrose Arms of some type."

A quick look at the Dictionary of British Arms shows that the greatest number of "two chevrons between three roses" have been used by Wickham/Wykeham, Argent two chevronels sable between three roses gules. There was also a Russel/Roscel which bore arms in this pattern. Azure two chevronels or between three roses argent.

So - Primrose, Wickham, Russel, or someone completely different? It's a mystery that might never be satisfactorily solved. And yet, it's lovely little display of heraldry!

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