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Course Syllabus

The Heraldry course consists of the following topics:

Introduction and Language and Colour

  • Origins of Heraldry
  • The Achievement
  • Principle design elements and tinctures
  • Commonly found heraldic devices
  • Blazoning and tricking

Development and Regulation of Heraldry

  • Heralds and the College of Arms
  • Regulation of personal arms
  • Personal Heraldry
  • Civic Heraldry
  • Significance and presence of heraldry in the modern world

Marshalling and Differencing

  • Grouping
  • Compounding
  • Dimidiation
  • Impalement
  • Quartering
  • Inescutcheon of Pretence
  • Cadency
  • Brisures
  • Augmentations
  • Hatchments

Heraldic Identification

  • The use of Ordinaries
  • Heralds' Visitations
  • Published Pedigrees
  • Biographies
  • Other strategies

Gentry and Nobility and Royalty

  • Royal Heraldry
  • Orders of Chivalry
  • Peerage Claims
  • Rolls of Arms
  • Funeral Certificates
  • Coronets
  • Badges

Scotland and Overseas

  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • Rest of World
  • International Congresses

The staff of the Institute will be pleased to discuss any queries about the course content.