Online Course in Heraldry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The following announcement was written by the folks at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland:

From October 2015, the University of Strathclyde will be offering an 8-week on line course entitled “INTRODUCTION TO HERALDRY”. It will run twice in each academic year, or more depending on demand.

First classes – from Monday 5 October 2015 & Monday 18 April 2016 – Cost – £153 (ILA eligible). See

This class is “welcomed and encouraged” by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland, Canon Dr Joe Morrow.

The tutor for the class is Dr Bruce Durie.

INTRODUCTION TO HERALDRY 10 credit points (at Level SCQF 7) – Online

Heraldry has been called “the floral border of history”. But apart from its intrinsic interest and visual appeal, heraldry is an important aspect of any genealogist’s work. Often, the only pedigrees and lineages available are not in birth, marriage, death and census records, but found in heraldic records and registers.

This new online class aims to impart a working knowledge of the science and art of heraldry, to teach the skills needed to find and interpret coats of arms, and to construct a Petition for arms.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Read and compose blazons; compose arms from the blazon; recognise and be able to discuss arms; find and discuss the arms of a stated person or body; understand national differences in heraldic practice; research and present a Petition for arms;

The course will cover the following topics, amongst others

1. Introduction to Heraldry
2. a. The complete armorial achievement
b. Historic heraldry
3. Blazoning in detail
4. Common charges, with attitudes and attributes :
5. Ornaments and additaments
6. Inheritance and Marshalling of arms
7. Heraldic Authorities and sources
8. Public, civic and corporate heraldry

At each Session, students will be given an optional short action learning Assignment to be completed by the next. For those interested in gaining university accreditation, there is an option to gain 10 credits at SCQF level 7 on the satisfactory completion of two assessments.

More information available from Dr Bruce Durie


It would be helpful to know the cost in USD


Is a nice certificate provided for successful students?


If I find that an ancestor had a coat of arms, can I display it as long as I attribute it to him and not to myself?


    —> can I display it as long as I attribute it to him and not to myself?

    I am no expert in heraldry but I cannot imagine there would ever be a problem with displaying a coat of arms and attributing it to the person who had a legitimate grant from the heralds to use it.


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