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Blazons. Instructional materials.

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Formal descriptions of badges, banners, and flags, or in heraldry, coats of arms, which enables a person to construct or reconstruct the appropriate image.

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

`Alphabet of Honnor: or The Succession and Armes of the Kinges, Princes, Dukes, Marquesses, Earles, Barons, and Gentry of England since the Conquest’.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.3.19
Scope and Contents The contents include notes on and blazons of the arms of the five conquerors of England and the seven Saxon kings (page 1) based on ‘The Accedence of Armorie’, pages 35-40; notes on and blazons of the arms of the English dioceses (page 5) and the Oxford and Cambridge colleges (page 16); the succession of English princes, dukes and earls since 1066 (page 25); the order of viscounts and barons (page 88); and an alphabetical list chiefly of the English gentry with blazons (page 92)....
Dates: 1618.

`Blazoning of the arms belonging to the gentlemen within the Kingdom of Scotland`., 1672-1822.

Identifier: Adv.MS.35.6.15
Scope and Contents From the Series:

There are additions up to 1822 by the copyists David Deuchar, and his son Alexander, the seal-engravers.

The volumes are interleaved with pages engraved with blank shields, some of which have been completed in watercolours or in trick to illustrate the text.

Dates: 1672-1822.

Blazons of Scottish and a few English arms, compiled in the 18th century by two hands.

Identifier: Adv.MS.32.4.12
Scope and Contents

The blazons are arranged alphabetically under the first letter of the family name, with an appendix at folio 89 verso. Many of the individuals mentioned lived in the late 17th or early 18th centuries.

The signatures of James Norie and Walter Smiton occur on folio 1. These may have been the painters who became burgesses of Edinburgh in 1708 and 1779 respectively.

Dates: 18th century.

Blazons of Scottish arms by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne.

Identifier: Adv.MS.15.1.11
Scope and Contents

Sir James Balfour’s signature and the date 1630 appear on folio i, but he seems to have added to the collection, as the latest date given is 1643 (folio 19 verso). The arms are arranged alphabetically under the family name or title, and a few are drawn in trick. The collection is followed (folio 63) by blazons of foreign arms, mostly provinces, duchies or cities.

Dates: 1630-1643.

`English blazonings or a colection of the armorial bearings of the whole nobility and clergie in England ... To which is added the blazons of some Scots and English coat arms`, by Robert Mylne.

Identifier: Adv.MS.13.2.4
Scope and Contents The first section contains the arms of contemporary nobles and clergymen. It is followed by English and Irish arms taken from:‘A Display of Heraldry’ by John Guillim (folio 39);‘A Treatise of Honour and Nobility’ by John Logan (folio 76); and,‘A Help to English History’ by Peter Heylyn (folio 96). There are some foreign arms taken from ‘Jeu d`armoiries des souverains’ by Claude Oronce Finé de Brianville (folio 105), and an index to the volume...
Dates: 1713-1714.

Heraldic and genealogical material in the hand of Sir James Balfour.

Identifier: Adv.MS.15.2.13
Scope and Contents The contents of the volume are as follows:(i) `Kings of Armes and Heraulds in England. 1628` (pages 1,17).(ii) Memorial of Margaret, Countess of Lennox (page 9). (iii) `De gubernatione et reformatione officiariorum armorum’ (page 54).(iv) `Series Regum Scottorum ab anno 1061 ad annum 1624` (page 59). A genealogy of the Scottish kings, based on ‘De origine, moribus et rebus gestis Scotorum’ by John Leslie, bishop of Ross (Rome, 1578), with...
Dates: 2nd quarter of 17th century.

Heraldic collection of Sir David Lindsay.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.3.20
Scope and Contents Material copied in the late 16th and early 17th centuries apparently for Sir David Lindsay of the Mount, Lord Lyon King of Arms from 1591 to 1620. It is closely related to John Scrymgeour`s manuscript (Adv.MS.31.5.2) in that some of its contents are apparently taken from Adam Loutfut`s manuscript (British [Museum] Library Harleian MS.6149), and the same order of arrangement is followed as by Scrymgeour; but there is also some additional material. Loutfut`s manuscript is described in ‘The...
Dates: Late 16th century-early 17th century.

Manuscript entitled ‘Traite du Blazon’.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.7.19
Scope and Contents The treatise is in thirty-five chapters and is followed (folio 105) by explanatory notes to the illustrations, and (folio 127) by the illustrations themselves, which are in trick. It is preceded (folio 1 verso) by a diagram of the divisions of a field.Three folios which probably contained the title page and dedication have been removed from between folios 2 and 3. Offsets of the dedication survive, from which it appears that the author`s name was Bonin, and that he presented his...
Dates: 1678.

Material of Sir James Balfour on the Irish nobility.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.7.27
Scope and Contents The contents of the manuscript are as follows:(i) `A Catalonge [sic] of The Earlls Viscounts and Barrons of Irland as they ar Ranket in this present Zeir 1628’ (folio 1).(ii) `The armes of The Nobilitie of Irland and of Divers Gentelmen of The Same Countrey`. The date 1627 has been added. A sectionon the nobility is followed by one on the gentry arranged under the first letter of each name. The entries are blazons sometimes accompanied by sketches (folio...
Dates: 1627.

Microfilm of genealogical and heraldic material.

Identifier: Mf.Sec.MSS.30
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows: Copy, circa 1702, with additions to 1703, of ‘Collections of the most remarkable accounts that relate to the families of Scotland drawn from ther own charters and other authentick writts ... with ane account of ther armes’, probably made in 1672, attributed to Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh (Adv.MS.13.2.10);Blazons of Scottish arms, 1630-1643, by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne (Adv.MS.15.1.11);Arms of British and foreign noblemen, drawn...
Dates: 13th century-1703.

Miscellaneous papers of the Hays of Yester., 1509-mid 20th century, undated.

Identifier: MSS.14778-14827
Scope and Contents From the Series: The papers catalogued here are especially rich in political material, 17th century-19th century, in estate and local affairs correspondence and papers, 16th century-20th century, in financial and legal material, 15th century-20th century, and in personal, household and estate accounts, 17th century-19th century. There is material concerning India in the correspondence and papers of the 8th, 9th and 10th Marquesses of Tweeddale, and concerning the Peninsular War in the correspondence and...
Dates: 1509-mid 20th century, undated.

Papers, consisting of historical and genealogical notes and extracts, transcripts of formal and legal documents of earlier periods (as well as a number of original documents and papers), and a few unrelated letters.

Identifier: Adv.MS.22.2.9
Scope and Contents The papers, written in many different 18th-century hands, are very mixed and are quite brief. The largest groups are:(i) part (pages 17-32) of a collection of transcripts, in the hand of one of Walter Macfarlane`s assistants, of documents relating to members of the family of Stirling of Keir (folios 23-30); (ii) part of a collection of transcripts, in the hand of another of Macfarlane`s assistants, of royal and other letters to members of the family of Mure of...
Dates: ?17th century-18th century.

Photocopies of documents formerly at Yester House., 1673-1739.

Identifier: MS.14810
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows:(i) Poem in the hand of the 2nd Marquess of Tweeddale: ‘On the death of Lady Sophia Hay who dyed at Yester the 29th of April 1678 and of her age the 13th yeare’ (folio 1);(ii) Extract of the blazoning of the coat of arms borne by Sir James Hay, 1st Baronet of Linplum, 10 February 1673 (folio 4);(iii) Newsheet, Edinburgh 1715, concerning fighting between the Jacobites and the forces commanded by the Duke of Argyll (folio 5);...
Dates: 1673-1739.

Pocket-book of Sir John Gordon of Invergordon, containing a digest of ten pocket-books of memoranda.

Identifier: MS.108
Scope and Contents

The subjects include a family pedigree with chart and blazonings, accounts of income and expenditure, estate accounts and other business, receipts from the Principality of Scotland, prices, journeys, from Edinburgh to London, politics and elections, household recipes, verses.

Dates: 1754-1759.

Register of the nobility of England from 1066 to circa 1600, with genealogical tables.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.3.17
Scope and Contents

‘A noble and memorable register of all estates of nobilite created or restored sithence the conquest, etc., and of such nobles as were when the land was conquered by the Normanes’ with pedigrees and heraldic blazons. It endeth about the fortieth yeare of Queen Elizabeth’.

The description of the manuscript in the folio catalogue (F.R.187) includes the reference: (W.2.17).

Dates: ?17th century.

‘The coates armoriall of severall knights and gentlemen as they are matriculat in the New Register of Armes in the Lyon Office` by Robert Mylne. Followed (folio 204) by `The blazons of the Royall Burghs in Scotland`, also taken from the Lyon Register.

Identifier: Adv.MS.16.2.8
Scope and Contents

A number of the entries include the date (1692 or later) on which they were extracted from the Register, and some have additional information probably supplied by Mylne. There are some notes (folio ii) in 19th-century hands, including a list of officials of the Lyon Court.

Dates: 1711.

Volume containing heraldic and historical works.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.7.16
Scope and Contents The contents of the manuscript are as follows:(i) Blazons of Scottish peers. The material was collected in the first half of the century and has corrections and additions by Walter Macfarlane of Macfarlane. There are references to the works of John Guillim, Alexander Nisbet and George Crawfurd (folio 1).(ii) A list of the parishes in Scotland, arranged under the various presbyteries (folio 34).(iii) An incomplete catalogue of religious houses in Scotland,...
Dates: 18th century.