`Collection of illuminate arms` by Etherington Martyn, in 2 volumes, containing watercolour paintings of Scottish, English and a few foreign arms. Edit




  • 1794. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    2 volumes. Quarto.



  • Scope and Contents

    In an introductory note (volume 1, folio iv.), Martyn states that many of the arms were unpublished, and taken from seals, drawings, paintings and manuscript blazons; also from a manuscript collection of heraldry `purchased at Mr Cummyngs sale by a Mr Rose`. This probably refers to James Cummyng, herald painter and Lyon Clerk Depute (died 1793). Martyn sometimes gives the source for a particular coat of arms, and occasionally criticises the heraldry.

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.27.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    18th-century binding (rebacked) of brown calf, gilt tooled.

  • Other Finding Aids

    There is an index to each volume.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    The volumes were bought by the Advocates’ Library in 1804.