An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland
Author: Sir James Balfour Paul
Hardcover, 428 pages
This definitive work lists over 5,500 arms recorded in the official heraldic Public Register of Scotland. This is the authentic Register of Arms for Scotland since, according to Scottish law, no persons of Scottish descent whose arms are not registered in the Public Register have a right to armorial bearings unless they can prove that they represent families whose arms are known to have been in existence previous to 1672. The "Ordinary" contains coats of arms systematically grouped under their component parts to enable the searcher to ascertain to whom an unnamed coat of arms belongs. At the same time, the arms of particular families can be found by consulting the extensive index. The information given in each entry includes a description of the arms, the name of the holder, and the date of registration.