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Written by David Greig   
Thursday, 06 January 2011 02:17

Scottish law concerning heraldry is very strict.  The coat of arms is granted to an individual, not to a family (or clan). In heraldic tradition, the coat of arms is legal property transmitted from father to son; wives and daughters can also bear arms modified to indicate their relation to the current holder of the arms.

No such heraldic laws exist in the United States.  Although, it is respectful to observe the laws and traditions of Scotland, there are no legal consequences in the United States if you should decide to usurp another individual's arms or create your own.

The typical elements of a coat of arms are shown left.  By Scottish law, members of a clan (clansmen) may show allegiance by wearing the crest portion of the arms (near the top) in the form of a crest badge.  The crest badge consists of the crest encircled with a strap and buckle bearing the chief’s motto or slogan. (See the typical crest badge at right.) The strap and buckle is the sign of the clansman, and he demonstrates his membership by wearing his chief’s crest within it. Clansmen have the legal rights to wear the crest, but they do not own it; the crest belongs to the clan chief.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 January 2011 01:55
 

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