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Arms can be devised for a person after their death

This principle is regularly employed to this day. When new arms or even changed arms are granted, they can be extended to earlier generations so that siblings or cousins can share in the new arms. (A modest additional extra fee is of course due for this.)

A problem which exercised a few at the original presentation on the Kingmaker's arms concerned those quarters which had been devised for people who had lived before the initiation of heraldry around the second quarter of the twelfth century. Several of the quarterings in my grandfather's scheme belonged to people who might well have died before their arms appeared. The following is a list of those in my grandfather's scheme that might be questioned because they died before 1177:

C of A
Arms Name Suffix Title Death Date
37 Mellent.png - 66Kb Waleran Earl of Mellent 8 Dec 1069
38 Gwadyr.png - 21Kb Ralph de Gwadyr Earl of East Angles bef Jul 1098
59 FitzHamon.png - 54Kb Robert FitzHamon Lord of Tewkesbury 10 Mar 1107
49 Abitot.png - 41Kb Urso de Abitot 1108
21 Neville_Gilb_gules_pennant.png - 27Kb Gilbert de Neville aft 1118
32 Rohan.png - 52Kb Geoffroi de Porhoet Vicomte de Porhoet 1142
33 Brittany.png - 24Kb Conan III "Crassus" Duke of Brittany 17 Sep 1148
34 Belmeis.png - 51Kb Philip de Belmeis ca 1154
22 Bulmer.png - 51Kb Bertram Bulmer ca 1166
61 Strongbow.png - 32Kb Richard 'Strongbow'
Earl of Pembroke 20 Apr 1176

The point is that all these were accepted by the College; I would be surprised if they have changed their rules on this. So assembling the quarterings of the Kingmaker must include such early arms devised after the armiger's death.

However two of the above, Nos 32 and 33, will in fact be excluded as they are NOT ancestral; see a later rule. And No 38 has also to be excluded because their descent to the Kingmaker is NOT through an heiress.

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