A list of coats of arms:
containing descriptions of about 9000 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
The list includes hundreds of pictures of 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 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. Many of the monochrome line illustrations are stolen from Gilbert’s “Historical Survey of Cornwall” or from Prince’s “Worthies of Devon.”
A number of the line illustrations are taken from the Note Book of Tristram Risdon, “Liber Tristram Risdon.” Apart from nine included in the text version produced by J. Dallas and H.G. Porter in the 1890s, these illustrations have not, as far as we know, been published previously. Risdon’s original manuscript is kept in the Cathedral Library at Exeter. Dallas and Porter acknowledged their debt to the Dean & Chapter of Exeter Cathedral and I can echo their thanks, especially in respect to the library staff through whose friendly assistance a proportion of Risdon’s illustrations are now included.
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.