The ORR Coat of
Heraldry is a science all its own and
bound about with strict rules as to who may bear arms and
use heraldic devices and crests. A coat of arms can be
obtained in only two ways - by applying for a grant to the
appropriate office or by proving descent from someone who
was legally entitled to have arms. It is a very expensive
thing to do.
Being of the same name as someone with
arms does not confer any right to use it. The `family
crest` which goes with a coat of arms is also personal
property. To use or claim an arms to be your own is
technically a civil wrong and punishable by the courts. In
Scotland the Lord Lyon King of Arms, through his Court in
Edinburgh, matriculates (approves) coats of arms and has
wide powers under an Act of Parliament.
The designs shown here are
representations of arms used by Orr in the past. The
two versions differ mainly in the shape of the shield on
which the design is mounted.
The armorial description is :
Gule. Three piles in point argent, on a chief or, a
torteau between two crosslets fitchee of the field. Crest
Meaning: On a red shield, three silver piles. On a gold
upper third, a red circle between two red crosses -
crosslets fitchee. Crest a naturally coloured cornucopia (
a horn of plenty ).
Ulster version of James Orr of the Villa Antoinette,
Cannes, France and Belfast has a trefoil added, as above.
He was the second son of James Orr of Ballygowan and
Holywood House, a Belfast banker. His mother was Jane
Stewart of the Stewarts of Ballintoy. His grandfather was
The armorial description in
Burkes General Armory is:
Gule. Three piles in point
argent, the centre pile charged with a trefoil slipped
vert on a chief or, a torteau between two crosslets
fitchee of the field. Crest Cornucopia proper charged with
a trefoil slipped as in the arms.
The motto is
"Bonis Omnia Bona" - To the Good, All is Good.
The Scottish version
Another Scottish version with the same armorials.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
Information leaflet Society of Genealogists:
Dick Eastman`s article about `rip off` crest and arms