A list of coats of arms:
containing descriptions of over 8000 examples from books ancient and a bit less ancient
and as found around the West Country
This Western armory is mainly derived from sixteenth and seventeenth and nineteenth century descriptions of the Devon and Cornwall, particularly listing armigerous families, and the heralds’ visitations of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.
The list has been augmented by information from such commonly used sources as Burke’s “General Armory” and Papworth’s “Ordinary of British Armorials.”
A list of the sources can be found on The Sources page
Many of the arms are shown by examples currently to be found in churches etc. of the West Country and elsewhere.
Many of the arms are illustrated either in monochrome or in colour. The monochrome line illustrations are generally stolen from Gilbert’s “Historical Survey of Cornwall” or from Prince’s “Worthies of Devon.” The colour illustrations have been created by the editor, for the most part, using Inkwell Ideas Coat of Arms Design Studio or Drawshield, with a bit of help from Paint.
The armory is a work in progress. There is a group of coats of arms labelled as “unnamed.” These were either described in sources or found in churches without having any attribution to a person or family. Any information on these would be welcome.
Many of the quartered coats of arms contain quarters for which the editor has not yet found any justifiable attribution. The editor would welcome any information on these as well.