The core of this site is Fox’s Armory of the West Country, a list in progress of over nine thousand coats of arms and their variants associated with Devon and Cornwall.  The original purpose of the list was to aid identification of coats of arms seen in churches in the West Country.

The armory is derived from several sources.  The majority of the sources focus on the south-western counties of England, namely Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.  Most of the other sources are the standard works related to English heraldry.  All of the variant arms described in the West Country sources have been included in the list.

Because arms that are in fact identical may be described differently by the original heralds and antiquarians, the descriptions given in the sources have been transcribed into, as near as possible, a common format.  The common format reduces repetition and also makes small differences between similar coats of arms easier to spot.

In addition to the written sources, there is an ongoing (not to say, endless) project to include images of actual examples of the arms currently found in the West Country, primarily from monuments, memorials, screens or bench-ends in churches.  Some of these examples appear not to have been described elsewhere.


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