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Re: Fenimore Coat of Arms
Posted by: Liane Fenimore Date: February 21, 2001 at 18:48:34
In Reply to: Fenimore Coat of Arms by Richard A. Gray of 263

Coats of arms were granted to individuals not families. The father would have his arms approved by the herald and when his son was allowed to have his own set of arms they would differ from the father's. He might adopt part of his father's arms in one quarter and use his mother's in the second quarter and then have a completely new design on the rest. That is why when you see arms borne by royalty, they are divided into sections. The only way to find out if anyone in the Fenimore family was granted the right to a coat of arms is to contact the College of Arms. See their site at
But if a Fenimore was granted arms several centuries ago, only he could bear that particular design. It would not pass down through the generations. The Fenimores of Newton Purcell and Tingewick (and ancestors of Richard Fenimore who came to Burlington county) seem to have been quite ordinary people, probably husbandmen and yeoman, and it is unlikely one of them would have been granted the right to bear arms.


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