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A Day of Scottish Heraldry

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Heraldry (or, more correctly, Armory) is often dismissed as mere symbology. But there is a body of laws and a historical, legal and ceremonial context that makes it a strictly regulated part of modern Scotland. The course culminates in a heraldic tour of the Royal Mile.

Please note, this course includes a field trip (a walking tour of Royal Mile).

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prerequisites.

Content of Course

1. Rules of heraldry.

2. Blazoning.

3. History, development and law.

4. Sources - online, archival and published.

5. The operation of the Lyon Court in Scotland.

6. Heraldic excursion on the Royal Mile.

Teaching method(s)

PowerPoint presentation; practical exercises in blazoning and rendering; guided web searches; introduction to Aspilogia and Armouries, with examples from the Tutor’s own library.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Correctly blazon a Coat of Arms and, from a blazon, draw a Coat of Arms;

  • Understand the rules, history and context of Arms in modern Scotland;

  • Find and use heraldic information from published, archival and online sources and recognize important Arms of Scottish names.


Core Readings


  • Dennis, M.,1999.Scottish Heraldry: An Invitation, Edinburgh, The Heraldry Society of Scotland.

Web Sources

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

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