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Cornish Heraldry Representing Identity! What is heraldry? Heraldry is the profession, study or art of granting, creating or giving arms. Heraldry developed around a thousand years ago, so knights on the battlefield could identify each other. The art is symbolic, which means colours and symbols chosen all have special meanings. Coats of arms Coats of arms have a central shield, many symbols, and a motto. Coats of arms could also be used on flags, family tombs or as wax seals. They can be inherited. Some examples… Native bird Mineral wealth Wealth from the sea Symbol of the The sea Duchy The bezants The motto Whose coat of arms is this? Examples… The tied ribbon is a sign of being unmarried White chevrons represent hills and The central division is a mountains, a love word play on her surname of sport… Her mother’s maiden name is Goldsmith… Three acorns represent children and Englishness Blue and red are the colours of the union flag Which newlywed did this recently created coat of arms belong to? Cornish examples… The Eliot family of Port Eliot’s coat of arms… And the Robartes family’s from Lanhydrock… More Cornish examples… The Godolphin family arms, from Godolphin House… And the Killigrews of Arwenack manor (Falmouth)… When two families combine (e.g. through marriage), their coats of arms can combine too… Some people just like to show off! This belongs to the Enys family, of Penryn… Designing your coat of arms, step 1: Use the worksheet pick your shield design… Designing your coat of arms, step 2: Use the worksheet to pick your colours, animals and symbols – or come up with symbols of your own identity. Designing your coat of arms, step 3: Choose a motto… People chose their mottos depending on their values, or sometimes because the mottos sounded like their surname! For example: Vive ut vivas – the Vivian family. Neither timidly nor rashly – the Rashleigh family. Kerensa hwilas kerensa (Love seeks out love) - the Polwhele family. Your motto (2) On your guidance sheets are different examples of Cornish mottos. You can listen to how these are pronounced! If you would like to create a new Cornish motto you can e mail the Cornish Language Partnership who will translate it for you! Ottomma! Hand your coat of arms down through your family for generations to come!
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