Crosses and Crossings – Huguenot Heraldry

6:00 pm 14 May 2021 Zoom lecture

After fleeing religious persecution in France in the late seventeenth century, many Huguenots settled in the land of France’s Protestant enemy, Britain. These French refugees came from a variety of backgrounds, from aristocrats to labourers and craftsmen. A number were already armigerous and some sought approval from a British jurisdiction.

Like many refugee communities, the Huguenots were hard-working and quick to integrate themselves into British society; some achieved very prominent ranks which led to subsequent granting of arms.

This lecture looks at Huguenots, their descendants, and their use of armorial bearings, (both with and without authority).