Crests of the principal families of Great Britain and Ireland are included in a lot coming up at Sotheby’s sale of two great Scottish collections in London on March 28. Lot 175 in a sale of property from the Forbses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian is a collection of six works on heraldry and peerage dating from 1716-1805.
The Crests of the Principal Familes of Great Britain and Ireland was published in 1805. There are 38 plates with prefaces. The book belonged to Sir William Forbes and the lot is estimated at 600-800. Property from Fettercairn House, for centuries the home to generations of Forbeses, leads the sale. There are over 400 lots spanning the 16th century to the present day. This will be followed by some 70 lots from the stores and attics at Monteviot House.