Happy Twelfth Night. Be sure to have all your Christmas decorations down tonight!
Now, when I was a member of the Far Isles Medieval Society, I was
permitted two personas.
My primary persona was an ecclesiastic and, when I had
served the society for many years, it was this persona that was ennobled and
became a bishop.
Thus Thomas de Velmont became Bishop of The Freemark, a
diocese that had not previously existed.
My other persona, Igor Ross, happened to be King of Arms, so
I was in the happy position of deciding what the arms for the new diocese
The arms of the Freemark were as follows
Vert on inescution argent an open fetterlock sable.
And looked like this
I decided to difference these for the diocese.
Now, just by chance, Vert and purpure ( green and purple)
were not originally used in English heraldry. They were both introduced from
Purple is also the colour that bishops are required to wear.
I decided that the Cathedral for the Freemark should be
dedicated to St Peter, because this would give me crossed keys.
The blazon I settled on was:
Vert on an inescution argent an open fetterlock sable in
chief purpure two keys in saltir or wards in chief.
The fields related to each other (both being French), the
field of the chief also related to bishops and the keys also referenced the
I was quite pleased with this one on many levels.
It looks like this
Until next time