Annual Report 2009

Kirkcudbright History Society’s season of lectures got off to a stirring start in October with a talk entitled ‘Simply Heraldry – Cheerfully Illustrated.’ As Gordon Casely from Aberdeen delivered his talk it became abundantly clear just how appropriate the title was. Using a colourful array of slides depicting coats of arms from all round Scotland and employing his pawky north-east humour, Gordon captivated the audience with an engrossing study of the many diverse aspects of heraldry. Although he briefly covered the history of heraldry, his focus was very much on 21st century heraldry and its important function in the cultural life of Scotland. In particular he stressed the egalitarian nature of heraldry in Scotland, unique in the world, where everyone from a ‘duke to a dustman’ could apply for a coat of arms.

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