Heraldry is a beautiful combination of pictorial information, rules, emblems, and symbols which were worn by Knights during battle upon their shields and clothing to personalize and aid recognition. Such colourful and detailed individual badges worn and inherited down the family lineage were to stand out and be noticed.

Today the arms are granted by the English Kings of Arms, depending upon where you are from, your family name.

Should you wish to have your arms created, which then can be inherited by your descendants,  places such as “The Heraldry Society” where you can have your arms designed uniquely for your own family,  contact them for further information on being granted a coat of arms

You may already have arms from a distant relative which has been granted or confirmed arms in the past.

I have worked on coats of arms in both mosaic and stained glass, and both times I found the content and history fascinating.