Since I came to Scotland I have painted some fine armorials and this one I enjoyed immensely as I always do when painting variations of the arms of Stuart. The patron very kindly supplied two other versions of his arms which I think would do well here as illustrations of fine heraldic painting and how style of depiction can change. I am grateful to the armiger for supplying a brief history of his coat which I am sure the readers of this page will find interesting.
“The history is that the 1st and 4th quarters are Ermine three bars Gules, for Fothringham. The supposed origin of the arms is that the red and ermine represent the old Earldom of Huntingdon. The family originated from Fotheringhay, which was the caput of the Earldom and Honour of Huntingdon. Having been Stewards of Fotheringhay for one or two generations, we were thrown out by Edward I in 1296 and came north in the tail of the Lindsays, Earls of Crawford. We acquired the lands of Pourie (sometimes spelt Powrie) north of Dundee by about 1400. Crawford gave my ancestor more land, in the parish and Barony of Inverarity and this was joined to that of Pourie in the Barony of Pourie-Fothringham. My nephew Lionel now lives at Fothringham and my other nephew, Thomas, owns what remains of Pourie Castle.
The 2nd and 3rd quarters represent Stewart/Steuart of Grantully. After I inherited Grantully from my uncle, I matriculated these arms, being a simplified version of my Grandfather’s arms, which included quarters for Scrymsoure of Tealing and Ogilvy of Balfour. The buckles in the bordure show the family’s descent from Sir John Stewart of Boncle (born c.1246), who was killed at the battle of Falkirk in 1298; he was the second son of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland”.
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