Heraldic Visitation. What were Heraldic Visitations?. Heraldic Visitations were tours of inspection undertaken by Kings of Arms or Junior office of arms acting as the King’s deputies in England, Ireland and Wales. Why were Visitations undertaken?.
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The frontispiece of the record of the heraldic visitation of Ulster King of Arms, Daniel Molyneux. This was undertaken in the city of Dublin in February 1607.
Effigy of William II Longespee (d.1250) in Salisbury Cathedral, showing an early triangular heater shield, the shape used as the "canvass" for the blazoning of arms during the classical age of heraldry
Triangular shape is therefore used as a setting for armorials from this "classical age" of heraldry