The College of Arms of the Northern Forests

The College of Arms is the official heraldic authority for the Principality of the Northern Forests and all Northern Forests outposts.  The College of Arms is responsible for the granting of new coats of arms, making a confirmation of existing arms, maintaining a register of arms, pedigrees, genealogies, Royal Licenses, changes of name, and flags. The heralds advise on all matters relating to the peerage, precedence, honours and ceremonial as well as national and community symbols including flags.

Coats of Arms

A Coat of Arms belong to a specific person and their family. There is no such thing as a coat of arms for a family name. From their origins in the twelfth century to the present day arms have been borne by individuals as marks of  distinction and identification. They have also been used to denote other characteristics, which have changed over the centuries as society and culture have evolved. Coat of Arms are inherited, granted, matriculated, or assumed.

  • Inherited Coat of Arm: This means a person bares the Coat of Arms legally from someone who had a Coat of Arms previously. For example, the person's father died and that person now uses the Coat of Arms of their father without candacy marks. At some point these inherited Coat of Arms were granted by a government body somewhere by Letters Patent.

  • ​Granted Coat of Arms: This means an official Bureau of Heraldry has granted a Coat of Arms to a specific person. For example, the Chief Herald of Ireland grants a Coat of Arms to you specifically. These can be inherited by a person's descendants.

  • Matriculated Coat of Arms: This means that a Coat of Arms are re-recorded in your name from one of your ancestor’s, either with a small difference or without if the person is a true heir. Basically, an ancestor of yours who bore the same surname had a Coat of Arms granted to them and there is currently nobody legally using them so you can petition the government to have those Coat of Arms Matriculated into your name.

  • Assumed Coat of Arms: This means you have a Coat of Arms that you simply assumed. Many assumed Coat of Arms are fraudulent and the person has no right to bare those arms legally. The legal way to assume a Coat of Arms is to have a Professional Heraldic Artist design one, but few people take this route and instead illegally assume a Coat of Arms that is not there own. 

 

Enquiries

If you have an enquiry on a heraldic, genealogical or other relevant topic, you should in the first instance contact the Prince of Arms. The Prince of Arms of the Northern Forests is in charge of granting and confirming all Coat of Arms issued or used in the Principality of the Northern Forests. The Prince of Arms of the Northern Forests can be reached at the following e-mail address:
 
princeofarms@northernforests.info