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Posted by: Alan Oscroft Date: March 15, 2002 at 17:22:55
In Reply to: RE ROBIN KELLY, RE:D GRINTER F-TREE + COAT OF ARMS by darryn of 96

Hi Darryn,

As far as I know, there is actually no such thing as a "family" coat of arms.

I may be wrong, but I believe that the right to display a coat of arms is granted to a single individual and that a single line of heirs of that person may (or may not) be eligible to inherit the right to bear those arms (though not without the right being granted anew to each heir in turn).

Simply sharing a surname with someone in antiquity, even if a direct descendant, does not give a person any rights to a coat of arms. So, for example, you may share a surname with a Duke who had a coat of arms, but that doesn't make you a Duke and it doesn't give you any right to his arms.

As I say, that's as far as I know.

Best regards,

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