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    LIST OF HERALDIC SYMBOLS AND THEIR MEANINGS. A Through K

    Posted On : 03/20/2013

        ABYSS- The honor point of the shield, the very center. ACORN-The symbol of plenty, also used in coats of arms as a pun on the name (Canting arms) ANCHOR- The emblem of hope, usually painted with a rope attached. ANNULET- A ring, the symbol of strength. The Roman symbol of Liberty. ANT- Also known as the Emmet, patience and forethought. ANTELOPE- The symbol of peace and harmony, the heraldic antelope is unlike it’s cousin in the zoo or safari park. The body of a stag with the tail of the Unicorn and fearsome horns. APE and MONKEY- Used to signify saga.......View More


    BATTLE SHIELDS AND COAT OF ARMS – THE STORY WITHIN

    Posted On : 03/20/2013

    The charges ( animals, divisions, etc.) depicted on a coat of arms (family crest) can sometimes be the result of great family legends and stories. One of the best comes from the Scottish family name Cunningham. The story dates back to Duncan ( 1001-1040) the first King of Scotland, who was murdered by Macbeth. Duncan’s son Malcolm Canmore, being chased by Macbeth’s forces, hid in the barn of Malcolm Friskin. Friskin hid Canmore by heaping layers of straw over him with a pitchfork to hide him. When the Macbeth army arrived at Friskin’s farm he denied having seen Canmore at all.......View More


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