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achievement of arms

achievement of arms  

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Collected armorial ensigns consisting of shield of arms, crest, helm, mantling, and motto, with supporters and heraldic badge as appropriate. It is corrupted as hatchment, and this term denotes an ...
armiger

armiger  

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Someone who is entitled to bear a coat of arms, an esquire.
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The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

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2003
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Distinctive heraldic bearings. The name is derived from the 13th-century fashion of applying armorial bearings to a surcoat.

coat of arms

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
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A coat of arms is the distinctive heraldic bearings of a gentleman or nobleman incorporated in a shield or escutcheon,

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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Distinctive heraldic bearings. The name is derived from the 13th‐century fashion of applying armorial bearings to a surcoat. See Thomas Woodcock...

Coats of Arms

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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2005
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The use of heraldic insignia as a symbolic representation of families did not develop in Byz. The broad range of

College of Arms

College of Arms  

In the UK, a corporation which officially records and grants armorial bearings. Formed in 1484, it comprises three Kings of Arms, six heralds, and four pursuivants.
esquire

esquire  

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Originally the shield‐bearer to a knight, by the 16th century an officer of the Crown, and in the following two centuries a man with a coat of arms who was a superior gentleman. In the 19th century ...
fire-back

fire-back  

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As its name implies, a thick panel of cast iron placed at the back of a fire to protect the wall behind from the heat of the fire. Fire-backs have been made since the 16th century and were often ...
gentry

gentry  

Technically the gentry consists of four separately defined groups, socially inferior only to the ranks of the peerage. The senior rank is that of baronet, a position founded in 1611 by James I giving ...
inn names and signs

inn names and signs  

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In an illiterate age each tradesman found it necessary to advertise his business by hanging a sign outside his premises. Most of these have long since been abandoned, though the barber's pole and the ...
insignia

insignia  

Latin insigne, emblem or symbol. Physical emblems (indicia) of status or authority, particularly in government or its organs (e.g. in parliament, courts, the defence forces). Flags, robes, badges and ...
map

map  

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The Ionian Greeks produced the first maps in the classical tradition (Eratosthenes attributed the first map to Anaximander); the one shown to Cleomenes I of Sparta by Aristagoras of Miletus is one ...
mister

mister  

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In parish registers and other records of the early modern period most people were recorded only by their Christian name and surname. A ‘Mr’ was someone of at least minor ...
Victoria County History

Victoria County History  

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(VCH)[Or]A programme of research, established in 1899 to mark Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, aimed at a historical portrayal of the English counties. Although the originators of the work, G. L. ...

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