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Field Visit

Date 16 August 2002

Event ID 612936

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


Coat of arms of William III, carved in very high relief, composed of a thistle, a crown and a red lion, above a quartered shield. The first and fourth quarters contain the emblems of France (three fleurs de lis in the first and fourth quarters) and England (three lions passant guardant in the second and third quarters). In the second quarter is a lion rampant representing Scotland, and in the third quarter is a harp representing Ireland. In the centre are the Arms of Nassau (a lion rampant and billets [oblongs]).The shield is flanked by a unicorn rampant (left) and a lion rampant (right).

A gilded stag's head with a cross between its antlers is on the apex of the church.

William III reigned 1689-1702.

Inspected By : D. King

Inscriptions : On blue ribbon above (gilded letters): IN DEFENCE

On ribbon along bottom: [JE MAINTEINDRAI]

Signatures : None

Design period : 1688-1691

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0534)

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