The College of Arms Kenya ,Stakeholders Arms, Stakeholders Workshop Held on 25th February 2011 at KIE Nairobi

Presented by Joseph Kamenju A Member of The College of Arms, Nairobi, Kenya

Herald f the H ld of th morning i

The word “Heraldry” Heraldry
German “heer” - a host, an army heer English: E li h - Si Signaling li - Crying out. - Proclaiming A Herald blows a trumpet ahead of an army

The International Herald Tribune
•A Herald of the Morning •A town crier •Today’s messager or bringer of News

Heraldry: y
Pomp and ceremony, especially attended with armorial trappings; pageantry.

Mao Parade

Heraldry The i Th science of armorial b i f i l bearings (ARMS)

Samburu Armorial Bearings

WHAT IS A LOGO?
• A company or product identifier • The Crier for a Company • The Herald of an Organization or Company

Heralding or announcing the end of thirst

To Embazon is to decorate something

David Beckam Kamba Cattle Emblazoning

Ndebele House E bl Nd b l H Emblazons

or to depict an armorial bearing in graphic form. To emblazon a shield is to graphically draw it up using the rules of heraldic art. These are scientific rules not unlike the rules for Kamba cattle emblazoning.

Emblazoned Maasai Shields

The term “blason,” ,
by which the science of heraldry is denoted in French, English, Italian, and German, is probably derived from the German word “blazen” -- to blow the horn.

The term Blazon
is the formal defining description of a coat of arms in Heraldry. The primary definition of a coat of arms is y p y the blazon, not an image.

To Blazon is to describe an armorial design in heraldic language

BLAZON
An African shield a fess argent sixteen billets argent overall two bars sable representative of a railroad t k i chief azure a il d track in hi f muratina tree fruited and eradicated proper in base azure p the snow clad peaks of Mount Kenya proper as the same are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted.
SUPPORTERS:

Town Coucil of Karatina

On either side a young Kikuyu man and woman both habited proper and each clasping one of two spears crossed saltirewise behind the shield and the woman holding a scales in her left hand.

Coat of arms of the Republic of Kenya

Various Logos

WHAT IS A COAT OF ARMS?
• The official shield or seal of a family, state, etc having an arrangement of bearings, or symbols, usually depicted on and around a shield, in a special language described as heraldry which indicates ancestry and special distinctions. • A University’s Coat of Arms for example carries symbols valued by the institution over time and is the central element within the system's official seals. seals

THE GREAT SEAL OF THE USA

MOTTO: OUT OF MANY, ONE

Sir Paul McCartney, Kt, M.B.E. Coat of Arms

• The design of Sir Paul McCartney's coat of arms granted in June 2001 not only incorporates 2001, his musical career, but also incorporates his Liverpudlian roots with the crest showing a Liver bird holding a guitar in its claw. The time he spent with fellow band members John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Star are also represented in Sir Paul's design by the four curved emblems on th shield which resembles d bl the hi ld hi h bl 'beetles' backs, while the two black circles also shown on the shield symbolises records and CDs. The motto ' Ecce Cor Meum ' in Latin is Behold my Heart is the title of the oratorio Sir y Paul wrote during his first wife's Linda's illness.

We use heraldry, or armory, to armory identify persons; their documents, documents their buildings, towns and tombs. Such use of heraldry has resulted i t lt d in two other, but secondary, secondary purposes: commemoration and decoration.

Starehe Boys Centre
Commemorating the founder Mr. Griffin with a Griffin erased?

ORIGINS
Mediaeval Europe p
• Age of chivalry g • Knights in Armor • Identification

Blazonry
• The artistic decoration of shields for purposes of display and identification

ORIGINS
• The knight upon his return home usually hung his helmet and shield on a wall and p draped them with his cloak. This was p y later represented by artists as his “Coat of Arms Arms”

ORIGINS OF THE DESIGN SG
Sketched roughly from the appearance of the knight or the hanging of the armorial f th i l bearings A. A Crest B.Wreath (Torse) C.Helmet C Helmet (Side View) D.Mantling E.Shield F.Scroll (Motto)

Formal arrangement of a Coat of Arms showing the main elements. This is refered to as “Full Achievement of Arms” The term ARMS refers to the shield alone as the principle element of the Achievement.

ARMS
• The most important p part of the Coat of Arms is the shield and is the one called “Coat of Arms” or “Arms”. The rest of the elements only go into giving a more complete story referred to as the “Full Achievement of Arms”

FULL ACHIEVEMENT OF ARMS

Coat of Arms of The University of Nairobi

THE SCIENCE OF SHIELD COLOURS

THE SCIENCE OF SHIELD DIVISIONS (ORDINARIES)

THE SCIENCE OF ELEMENTS THAT DIVIDE THE SHIELD (SUB-ORDINARIES) (SUB ORDINARIES)

THE SCIENCE OF PLACING ELEMENTS ON THE SHIELD (CHARGES) examples l

SHIELD SHAPES

16th Century after Walter Leonhard

19th Century by Knight and Rumley

Shield shapes vary according to the geographical origin as well as the time period.

GRANT OF ARMS
The Arms are granted b th Th A t d by the Registrar of Arms in Kenya, and in other countries by the King of Arms, , the State Herald,or such other official mandated by law to grant such arms. To a University, Local or Municipal authority, etc., such a Grant together y, , g with the Charter, and the Mace, constitute the only visible instruments of power and authority so that they attain the status of hallowed objects. Grants are also given by the sovereign to persons who have significantly enriched the Realms of the sovereign. (see pdf) Examples here in Kenya are Presidential grants like EBS, EGH, etc orders.

CAERNAVON CASTLE

• On the investure of the Prince of Wales on 1st July 1969

Municipal Council of Nyeri Council Chamber

Maasai Moran’s (Belt) (B lt)

United Kingdom Flag

Republic of S h Af i Fl R bli f South Africa Flag

Republic of K R bli f Kenya Fl Flag