An Ordinary of Arms

Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland. Second Edition


Author: Paul, Sir James Balfour
Publication Date: 1903
Reprint Date: 2007
Pages: 452 pp.
ISBN: 9780806302737


This definitive work lists over 5,500 arms recorded in the official heraldic Public Register of Scotland. This is the authentic Register of Arms for Scotland since, according to Scottish law, no persons of Scottish descent whose arms are not registered in the Public Register have a right to armorial bearings unless they can prove that they represent families whose arms are known to have been in existence previous to 1672. The Ordinary contains coats of arms systematically grouped under their component parts to enable the searcher to ascertain to whom an unnamed coat of arms belongs. At the same time, the arms of particular families can be found by consulting the extensive index. The information given in each entry includes a description of the arms, the name of the holder, and the date of registration. The entries also serve as a guide to further information since the Lyon Register contains the pedigrees of many families whose arms are listed herein. “Essential in any library with an interest in Scottish history, genealogy, and heraldry.”–Library Journal

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