7th January 2013: The
Armorial Register would like to announce an
exciting development regarding its website
http://www.armorial-register.com . At present, each Volume of the
‘Armorial Register’, along with other publications, is deposited with
the British Library and other major Libraries around the globe. The
website, however, which also holds and maintains the Arms, personal
information and genealogies of our contributors, has not, until now,
enjoyed any significantly long term or independent security.
The British Library UK Web Archive
has invited The Armorial Register to have its website archived
approximately twice every year. This means that a complete record of the
website and all changes to its content would be recorded from early 2013
thus building a permanent picture of the site’s development and
expanding content for years to come.
the British Library UK Web Archive?
Web Archive contains websites that publish research, that reflect the
diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and
demonstrate web innovation. This includes "grey literature" sites: those
that carry briefings, reports, policy statements, and other ephemeral
but significant forms of information.
millions of UK websites. They are constantly changing and even
disappearing. Often they contain information that is only available
online. Responding to the challenge of a potential "digital black hole"
the UK Web Archive is there to safeguard as many of these websites as
practical. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and give permanent access
to key UK websites for future generations.
archive is free to view, accessed directly from the Web itself and,
since archiving began in 2004, has collected thousands of websites.
YouTube Introduction to the UK Web Archive
27th Sept 2011: Over the next few days
browsers of the website of The Armorial Register will notice that
a number of changes have taken place, the most important of which is the
return of the branding to the now established name of The Armorial
Register – International Register of Arms.
For a number of years The Armorial Register Limited has enjoyed a
special relationship with the owners and directors of Burkes Peerage
& Gentry (UK) Ltd and has been pleased to licence the name of
Burke’s Peerage & Gentry for use with its International Register of
Arms. Over the last few months Burkes Peerage & Gentry (UK) Ltd has been
subjected to negotiations towards a private business sale and this is,
as far as the directors of The Armorial Register Limited are aware,
progressing towards a successful completion. The sale of Burkes Peerage
& Gentry (UK) Ltd will mean a complete change in ownership and therefore
management of the Burke’s company.
With this in mind, the directors of The Armorial Register Limited and
the outgoing board of Burkes Peerage & Gentry (UK) Ltd have decided that
it is now an appropriate time to end our agreement. The Armorial
Register Limited will continue to publish its International Register of
Arms (entries are now being received for
Volume 2) along with its latest
project “A Celebration of
Scottish Heraldry” (see the web site for the contributors to this
project). A future planned publication is a similar volume to celebrate
We wish the outgoing team at Burke’s all the very best for the future.
I just thought I would give you the heads up on our latest project. Now
that we have got the International Register of Arms Volume One well
underway we are proposing to work on a Book of Scottish Arms. We have
yet to finalise details but below is our outline. Romilly Squire of
Rubislaw, co-author of Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia, is
A Celebration of Scottish
anticipation of the 340th anniversary of the Lyon King of Arms Act
1672 The Armorial Register Limited, publishers of Burke’s Peerage &
Gentry International Register of Arms, is inviting the submission of
digital photographic material for the publication of a fully illustrated
prestigious book dedicated to the many practical ways in which
Scottish Armigers of today enjoy and demonstrate their personal
Whilst this book will be an armorial, it is not just an armorial; its
main purpose is to illustrate practical usage of Scots Armory in the
21st century. If your arms are recorded in the Public Register of All
Arms and Bearings in Scotland you are invited to submit photographs,
along with as much detail as you wish, of any armorial item you have
made use of be it your Letters Patent, library painting, crest badge,
seal matrix, flag, cutlery, dirks, sporrans, engraved items ……… As a
bare minimum we would request that you illustrate your entry with an
original grant of arms or matriculation document (we would be happy to
blank out addresses etc if you so wish). From our own collections we
have put together a number of examples which we feel would be of
interest to enthusiasts throughout the world and which would also
benefit your favoured heraldic artists and craftsmen.
Participation in this project is free (although obviously there
will be a cost associated with the purchase of the actual book if
participants wish to acquire one).
The Book is
AN HERALDIC ARTIST?
A Book of Scottish Arms