About

The core of this site is a list in progress of about seven thousand coats of arms and their variants associated with Devon and Cornwall.

The list is derived from several sources.  The aim was to include all the variants described in those sources, rather than, as is more usual, just one variant per family.

In addition to the written sources, there is an ongoing project to include images of actual examples of the arms currently found in the West Country, primarily from monuments and memorials in churches.  Some of these examples appear not to have been described elsewhere.

The descriptions given have been transcribed into, as near as possible, a common format.  This makes small differences between similar coats of arms easier to spot, and, of course, it is an aid to computer searching.

The main purpose of the list is to aid identification of coats of arms seen in such places as churches in the West Country.