Per Rusty Greenland, 5/1/00
Greenland Coat of Arms
Needs to be verified with the College of Heralds.
Three green St Andrews crosses on a silver background. The crest is an arm, bent and holding a lighted "bombe."
There is plenty of evidence that the Greenland's disliked the Stuarts. In fact some were pardoned by King Charles II upon his restoration to the throne. After the removal of King James II in 1688 at the Battle of Boyne in Ireland, the Stuarts made numerous attempts to regain the throne. Most famously, the attempt by Bonnie Prince Charlie to capture the throne for his father, "the old Pretender," James III.
I believe the Greenland's participated in suppressing these insurrections, or maybe accompanied Cromwell on his successful invasion of Scotland. The crosses on the coat of arms are green because of the family name. I think the references to Scotland throught the St Andrews crosses and the bombe fired, suggest valor in combat in Scotland. I have never found a lisitng for a Greenland in any of the peerage books, such as Debrett's, and so the arms were probably a battlefield award. This is educated conjecture on my part.
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