The core of this site is a list in progress of about eight thousand coats of arms and their variants associated with Devon and Cornwall. The main purpose of the list is to aid identification of coats of arms seen in such places as churches in the West Country.
The list is derived from several sources. The aim was to include all the variant arms described in those sources.
The descriptions given in the sources have been transcribed into, as near as possible, a common format. This eliminates repetition of arms that are in fact identical, albeit described differently by the original heralds and antiquarians. It also makes small differences between similar coats of arms easier to spot, and, not least, it is an aid to computer searching.
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.