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Arms: Azure three broad or wright’s axes palewise Argent 2 and 1.

These arms are for the Scottish family of Wright, specifically the Wrights of Langside. Originally we thought broad axes could be rendered as battleaxes
and so informed the artist, but we were wrong when we learned these Wrights were wheelwrights so the axes had to be broad or wright’s axes

The Wright family had a branch which moved to Sweden in the middle 1600s to Narva in what is today is in Eastern Estonia next to the Russian border, but back then was part of Swedish Estonia or Livonia.

More of this to come in in the entry on the von Wrights to be uploaded soon.

For now, know I was working backwards to see what I could find on them in Scotland.

I lucked out in finding them first time out in Sir George Mackenzie’s “On Precedency and Science of Herauldry”, 1680, pp: Illustrated on page 65 and blazoned on page 66.

The Wrights may also be found in Nisbet, 1722 (vol.1) on page 440 and in the Nisbet reprint of 1984 on page 430, in each case just the name and blazon. The illustration was not to be found as indicated on Plate II.

And in Stodart’s “Scottish Arms”, 1881 vol . 1, plate 51 in the facsimile of Workman’s Manuscript ( 1565-66 ) a colour illustration of the Wright of Langside arms.

A full colour illustration of the Wright of Langside arms are also found in “The Slains Roll” edited by the late Anthony Maxwell, the roll being considered to be 16th Century on page 237.

The Pre 1672 Ordinary of Eilean and John Malden have several blazons for Wright and Wright of Langside on page 382 of their book.

So the sources are there for those who look.

The artwork is an interpretation of John Hamilton Gaylor.

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