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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Note that when we refer to crests there are no pictures of crests in the belt and buckle design you see today. But there is no satisfactory proof whether the Crest was really meant to render a leader easily recognised by his men, to make him look more formidable in battle, or as an ornamental mark of distinction. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

It is affirmed that, before the yearthe Crest, accompanied by the mantlings and wreath, was known in England. To a volume like the present, further preliminary observations would be superfluous; we shall therefore close this brief introduction with informing the reader that the objects of this work are to encourage the study of this faigbairn branch of the Heraldic science; to present as full a collection of Crests as the limits of the work will admit; and to exhibit a large number of subjects, which for drawing and engraving have never been equalled, and which will serve as a standard of excellence for all future time.

Search just our sites by using our customised search engine. They formed the chief ornaments in the palaces of the great, were chosen by artists of various professions to embellish their respective works, were set up in courts of judicature, and impressed on the public money. It is also very probable that the same seal hath served for several farbairn. Some were taken to preserve the fame of a progenitor, whose name implied something martial or illustrious, and others were allusive to dignified offices.

Bbook nobles of a land should constitute at once its glory and its strength; they should be in some respects its “turrets and foundationstone. Women, it is generally asserted, may not bear Crests, because in ancient times they could not wear a helmet. Exhibited on the shields and vestments of warriors, they also adorned the most splendid apparel of peace; and were often transferred to more durable materials, to perpetuate the memory of those who bore them.

Fairbairn’s book of crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland

Royal Book of Crests By James Fairbairn It struck me that these volumes would be a useful resource fairbairb have on the site. On that of Richard II. 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 their subjects.


But so great has been the deviation from this practice, that it is impossible to assign any rule for the subsequent assumption of Crests.

We find in the representations of ancient encounters, that the combatants appear with enormous Crests, almost as large as the helmets. This comment system requires you to be logged in through either a Disqus account or an account you already have with Google, Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo. The helmet of Robert I. The chief sources from which Fairbaairn instruction is to be derived are the seals which are appendages to ancient writings, illuminated manuscripts, tombs, and buildings.

Ornaments are cairbairn the head of Edward Baliol’s horse, nearly of the same period. 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. On the helmet of Henry IV. 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.

Crests are said to have been of particular use in tilts and joustings, where no shield was borne, for the bearer was thus distinguished faiebairn would otherwise have been known by his armorial bearings. 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.

Set 1 Preface HERALDRY was employed in the feudal fairbairnn to display the exploits of chivalry, and to reward as well as commemorate its triumphs over oppression and violence. This is an example page to show you the format used. It appears from ancient monuments, that the Crest consisted of some plain and simple device, or what was. Thus, to the utmost extent of their application, did armorial bearings become the symbolical language of Europe.

Several have been granted for certain services. We have, however, innumerable instances of women crestss coats armorial ; a fact particularly illustrated by their seals, which are still preserved: 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.

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 faurbairn not.

Amidst the imperfections of uncultivated eloquence and a general ignorance of written language, the ensigns of heraldry were peculiarly significant. All comments are moderated so they won’t display until the moderator has approved your comment.


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.

The great seal of Richard L, who died A. The helmet of Robert, Governor of Scotland, bears a lion, ; and the same is on that of Murdac, his successor, both being Crests. The visor of David, the successor of Robert, is in front, but no Crest on the helmet, nor have the two succeeding Kings any.

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On the reverse is a swan above the shield, just where a Crest should be, on the one, and on the other a lion ; 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. HERALDRY 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.

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. In there is a seal of Hugh le Despencer, with a warlike figure on the helmet and horse’s head.

In addition to Crests being the subject of Royal Grant, there are instances of some having been assumed and confirmed in commemoration of warlike deeds or other honourable events. In all the countries of Europe, rank, title, and precedence are the grand prizes in the race of life. After this reign most of the English Kings had crowns on their helmets. Many persons of faitbairn names bear similar Crests, and as many of the same name bear different ones.

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. Boik 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.

A Crest is the uppermost part of an Armoury, or that part of the casque, or helmet, next to the mantle.

Their immediate relations to war, and to the honourable distinctions arising from it, connected them with the deeds and manners of former times.