Book of Crests By James Fairbairn. Note that when we refer to crests there are no pictures of crests in the belt and buckle design you see today. Set 1. Preface. Main Author: Fairbairn, James. Language(s): English. Published: Edinburgh: T. C. and E. C. Jack, Edition: New ed., rev. Subjects: Crests. Fairbairn’s book of crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland. Being a fourth edition, Note: The Mabel E. Thurston Book Plate Collection. Bookplate of .
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Fairbairn’s book of crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland.
On a seal of the Earl of Strathern, attached to a writing,is a shield placed between eagles, so that the head of the bird appears above, like a Crest. On that of Richard II. Return to our Heraldry Index Page.
They contain a lot of illustrations which you may find of interest. According to the general opinion, the Crest was not hereditable like the arms of a family, and, consequently, every successor might assume a new one.
Some were taken to preserve the fame of a progenitor, whose name implied something martial or illustrious, and others were allusive to dignified offices. The original purpose of a Crest, as some Authors affirm, was to make a commander known to his men in battle; or, if it represented a monster, or other tremendous object, to render him warlike and terrific.
On the helmet of Henry IV.
In addition to Crests obok the subject of Royal Grant, there are instances of some having been assumed and confirmed in commemoration of warlike deeds or other honourable events.
Some Writers imagine that Crests were originally plumes of feathers; but, in all probability, these cress nothing more than a particular kind of O. The earliest Crests with which we are acquainted, were animals of different kinds, and their parts, monsters, branches of trees, plumes of hair or feathers, and the like. Hence, the word Crest is figuratively used for spirit or courage. The helmet of Robert, Governor of Scotland, bears a lion, ; and the same is on that of Murdac, his successor, both being Crests.
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Fairbairn’s book of crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland
The Crest was deemed a greater mark of Nobility than the Armoury, as it was borne at tournaments, to which none were admitted until they had given strong proofs of their magnanimity. This is especially true of Great Britain, where, from many causes, these honours are universally and justly believed to be endowed with a “mortal immortality,” to be stable as the rocks that gird our isle; but that the avenues to the titled platform, until a recent period of our history, have been too jealously guarded, and that the honours due to genius, valour, patriotism, and industry have been fsirbairn much bestowed in the spirit of party, will hardly be denied.
On blok reverse is a swan above the shield, just where a Crest should be, on the one, and on the other a lion fakrbairn but whether they were designed for Crests, or for figures on which the shield was hung, as was then usual, cannot be positively said, for it was sometimes suspended from an eagle’s back around the neck, or hung on a tree. Women, it is generally asserted, may not bear Crests, because in ancient times they could not wear a helmet.
Search just our sites by using our customised search engine. Some declare a Crest is a mere ornament, but it has been so much considered a mark of distinction that different Sovereigns have made additions to the Crests of faibrairn subjects. Thus, to the utmost extent of their application, did armorial bearings become the symbolical language of Europe.
Indeed, it was uniformly esteemed an honourable symbol.
It struck me that these volumes would be a useful resource to have on the site. In all the countries of Europe, rank, title, and precedence are the grand prizes in the race of life.
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Set 1 Preface HERALDRY was employed in the feudal ages to display the exploits of chivalry, and to reward as well as commemorate its triumphs fairbbairn oppression and violence. The great seal of Richard L, who died A. The visor of David, the successor of Robert, is in front, but no Crest on the helmet, nor have the two succeeding Kings any.
Amidst the imperfections of uncultivated eloquence and a general ignorance of written language, the ensigns of heraldry were peculiarly significant. There is a ffairbairn on the helmet of Thomas Earl of Lancaster, who was beheaded A. Many persons of different names bear similar Crests, and as many of the same name bear different ones.
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Seals are the most authentic, but proper illuminations probably afforded better illustrations, because seals bear the armour only in a particular character. The period when Crests were first introduced into Britain cannot be ascertained. Crests bok likewise embroidered on the vestments of the attendants at the processions of Parliament, Coronations, and public solemnities; they were also engraven, carved, or printed on property in the same manner as coats of arms.
Indeed, one of the most useful purposes to which both Crests and armorial shields were applied, was in the seals affixed to written instruments, as already intimated.
We have, however, innumerable instances of women bearing coats armorial ; a fact particularly illustrated by their seals, which are still preserved: Their immediate relations to war, and to the honourable distinctions arising from it, connected them with the deeds and manners of former times. They addressed the imagination by a more direct channel and in a more striking manner than words; while at one glance they recalled the most important events in the history of persons, families, and nations.
Several have been granted for certain services. It derives its name from Crista, a cock’s comb, as it was supposed to have been originally a projection over the top of some helmets many of which, however, had noneand it has been supposed by Antiquarians that the first hint of the Crest arose from this projection. The Crest was an honourable emblem of distinction, which frequently characterised the bearer as much as his arms, and was sometimes constituted by Royal Grant.
Those Knights and Gentlemen, who repaired to tournaments, were distinguished by their Crests. Royal Book of Crests By James Fairbairn It struck me that these volumes would be a useful resource to have on the site. At the time the Royal Seal exhibited no Crest they were common on those of subjects. It is affirmed that, before the yearthe Crest, accompanied by the mantlings and wreath, was known in England.
We find in the representations of ancient encounters, that the combatants appear with enormous Crests, almost as large as the helmets. All comments are moderated so they won’t display until the moderator has approved your comment.
The immense variety of Crests has probably arisen from the younger branches of a family retaining the paternal coat, and assuming a different Crest ; and this may be the cause for supposing that the Crest may be changed though the arms may not. Crexts was employed in the feudal ages to display the exploits of chivalry, and to reward as well as commemorate its triumphs over oppression and violence.