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From: "Edward Andrews" <>
Subject: RE: [Scotch-Irish] Coat-of-Arms
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 08:47:27 +0100
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There are two distinct laws about Heraldry, there is English law and there
is Scottish law.
In Scottish law a coat or arms is heritable property, and is passed down to
Your general feeling however is quite correct. Technically there is no
family coat of arms.
However to complicate things in Scotland the followers of a family may use
the crest of the Chief's coat of arms to show their allegiance.
In Scotland it is a criminal offence to display a coat of arms which is not
matriculated to you.
Hope that this helps
Edward Andrews

> -----Original Message-----
> From: MJ Bradley [mailto:]
> Sent: 27 July 2001 00:21
> To:
> Subject: [Scotch-Irish] Coat-of-Arms
> Itis my understanding that a coat of arms was(is)issued to an individual,
> not a family and that it cannot be handed down to the next in line but a
> request must be made and it may be re-issued to the next in line but only
> that person not a family. Is this correct? It seems that everyone is
> trying to sell family coat fo arms and it becomes very
> discouraging to see
> such blantant fraud.
> Thank You
> Houston, Texas
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