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Re: ****Goucher Coat of Arms****
Posted by: Wendy Pemble Date: January 04, 2000 at 13:01:53
In Reply to: Re: ****Goucher Coat of Arms**** by Julie Goucher of 263

Actually by Wendy's husband.

Coats of Arms.

Coats of Arms are linked to direct lines of descent. There is no such thing, except for Scottish clans, as a "family" coat of arms. Every person off of the direct line of descent under the Scots, English, French or Spanish systems (the main remaining) will be "differenced" - a change will be introduced: i.e. under the English system, the difference for the eldest born acknowledged bastard was the "bar sinister."

There will be numerous Gouchers who have earned coats of arms. In order to display them, you must prove to the appropriate King of Arms that you are the direct-line heir (either through first-born {or surviving} son or eldest daughter if no male heirs) of the person awarded the arms. In Scotland, it is actually a criminal offence to display arms other than those awarded or recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms - there are limited exceptions for foreign (i.e. English) nobility with Scottish holiday homes. Many English companies get caught out by this and the Lord Lyon does a trawl every so often - it is treated as tax avoidance, therefore most companies pay up.

Wendy's parents actually bought a "Coat of Arms" parchment from one of the dubious companies that do these things - it actually has the "or, three leopards rouge" (not quite the heraldic term but near enough) that is the earliest recognised English Royal Arms as the Goucher arms. Obviously, much less reasonable than what Julie found - interesting to know whether that was a French award recognised in England or an original English award.

Matthew Pemble
(a bit of a heraldry buff)

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