Scottish heraldry symbols meanings

Have you ever wondered what the meaning behind symbols displayed on the coats of arms is? Scottish heraldry symbols meanings are slightly different from what you could have learned already about English or Irish armorial bearings. Some elements of an escutcheon are seen more often amongst the Scots: a tressure which is a kind of subordinaries and symbolises protection and a thistle which is a floral symbol of the country. An extraordinarily complex and highly changeable system of cadencies is also a distinctive feature, but for beginners, it might be difficult to spot. Cadency is added to the arms father passes to his sons and cannot be removed as long as the plain arms bearer is alive. That’s because according to the law there can’t be two men wearing the same heraldic achievements. Mussels as a charge are extremely rare anywhere outside of Scotland, and even there they are displayed very rarely- you can see them for example on the Musselburgh’s’ arms. I hope this short prelude to the Scottish heraldry symbols meanings, answered some of your questions. There is so much more to be said, though! If you’re curious what else can a shield tell about its owner, visit us again!

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