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From: "Clagett, Brice" <>
Subject: coats of arms
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 21:50:33 -0500
There have been at least two occasions when an American
legislative body has acted as a college of arms. In both
cases it was the General Assembly of Maryland in the early
post-revolutionary period. Charles Carroll, Barrister, left
his estate to his nephews James and Nicholas Maccubbin on
condition that they assume the name and arms of Carroll.
Capt. Charles Ridgely left his estate to his nephew Charles
Carnan on condition that he assume the name and arms of
Ridgely. In both cases the heirs applied to the legislature
for permission to do as the testator had directed, and the
legislature passed acts authorizing them to do so.
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