Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Arms of the O'Neills

Symbols are amazing. The O'Neill coat of arms doesn't just have a Red Hand, but also two Red Lions Rampant, three six-pointed 'mullet' stars, and a salmon. There's a law firm office in Belfast city centre that I walked past for years, with the arms on its signage (link here). The famous drawing of the original O'Neill seal shows two creatures on either side of the hand and shield, but they look more like a bird and a dragon. The Lion Rampant is of course most famous for its usage as an emblem of Scotland.