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How to find biography (dates of birth/death, etc) of prominent 18th Century English person?

Hugh Clark is the author of "An Introduction to Heraldry", but I could not find anything about his biography and even his dates of birth and death. How can I learn more about an 18th century author ...
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What does “linear forms” mean in this context?

Spanish heraldry is chiefly remarkable for the manner in which the different bearings are connected in the shield, and for the frequent divisions of it "per saltire"; while Italian heraldry is ...
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Is there a legal standard for Heraldry & Family Coats of Arms in U.S.?

How can I know that a rendering of Heraldry or a Coat of Arms from a website is legit? What is the legal standard in the U.S.?
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Coat of arms: can a charge be placed over a variation of the field?

Sorry, I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this much detail about heraldic blazons. I'm curious if traditional heraldry allows you to place a charge on top of a variation on the field. The ...
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Any restrictions on the use of municipal coats-of-arms?

One element of documenting family history is to place the lives of ancestors in the context of their place and time. Many of the places we study have their own history, evolving from farming villages ...
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What's the difference between a family crest and a coat of arms?

In my experience the two terms seem interchangeable, but undoubtedly there is a difference between a family's crest and its coat of arms. What is it?
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Do authoritative renderings exist for coats of arms?

For a given surname it is easy to find many variations in its coats of arms*. I get the impression that coats of arms were described in records as text and thus were open to interpretation at the time ...