Monday, April 9, 2018

An Update on an Unidentified Coat of Arms in St. Cuthbert's Church, Dalmeny

In my post of October 5, 2017 (, there was a coat of arms in one of the three windows that was not identified, but was possibly related to the anonymous donor of the windows, who had them made for the church in memory of his mother.

Reader Ralf Hartemink (who runs the website Heraldry of the World at; if you have any interest in civic heraldry and have never seen his site before, I cannot recommend it to you highly enough. I use it all the time when researching civic coats of arms) has come forward with a possible identification for the arms: the Polish family Prawdzic of the herb Szlachecki, here (image from

Prawdzic herb szlachecki

Historically, the arms had the golden lion on an argent (silver) background, as exemplified in this redrawing from the Gelre armorial:

I'd like to thank Ralf for letting me know about this Polish coat of arms, and think that we may have made the anonymous donor of this window a little less anonymous.

1 comment:

  1. Hi:

    This is my family's coat of arms. It is the coat of arms for 300 Polish families. Polish Heraldry is different than Great British heraldry - it is not always based on consanguinity, but often fealty as is the case here. The word Prawdzic is Polish and means "true" as in truly or loyal. That is why the Lion is holding a ring - the symbol of fidelity. The Lion is rising from behind the ramparts - a defender - as the families under this coat had pledged their fealty to the Kingdom of Poland to come to her aid when called on by the King. The coat is very old - the first known depiction goes back to 1372. The Patek family of the famed Patek Philippe watches is also under this coat of arms.