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Ancestry.com. General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
Original data: Sir Bernard Burke. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Wales; Comprising A Registry of Armorial Bearings From the Earliest To the Present Time. London, England: Harrison, 59, Pall Mall, 1884.

About General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales

This database is a compilation of about 60,000 coats of arms. It "comprises the Armorial Bearings of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the British Empire, and the various Coats that are to be seen in churches and family mansions, together with those traceable on Seals, Deeds, Wills, and Monumental remains." This includes the Royal Armory and the armory of the British Order of Knighthood. The armory is depicted through Illustrations and accompanying explanations. The database also contains a glossary, a dictionary of terms used in heraldry, an alphabetical list of mottoes, and a list of abbreviations (which is presented below).

Abbreviations:

or…gold or yellow
ar… argent, or silver, or white
az… azure, or blue
gu… gules, or red
vert… green
purp… purpure, or purple
sa…. sable, or black
erm… ermine
ppr… proper
chev… chevron
engr… engrailed
ramp… rampant
pass… passant
d. … died
m. … married
b. … born
s.p. … sine prole, without issue
d.v.p. … died vita patris
betw. … between
fun.ent. funeral entry
F.E.I. … funeral entry Ireland
visit. … visitation of a county by a herald
reg. … registered
ped. … pedigree

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