Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

2/10/2007

Heraldry and genealogy

The coat of arms began to be used as a hereditary device in England in the mid-twelfth century. Although, presumably, it initially arose as a means of identification on the battlefield, as time went on it evolved into – literally – a status symbol. As a rule of thumb, in later medieval times it was the ‘manor-holding’ classes who bore arms. for more click here

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