We’re always thinking about love this time of year, and while hearts are the obvious symbol to look for in a coat-of-arms, it’s actually the Celtic knot that is more associated with romantic love.
The heart, as you can read more about in previous posts, really meant more about a person’s character than their romantic attachment to early heraldic artists. The knot, found in Celtic art back to 450 C.E., had a mystical, esoteric meaning as well as a strong association with human love.
There are multiple versions of the Celtic knot–view them here at the Dictionary of Heraldry. For this post, I chose the Verdon or Harrington knot, which fills the Harrington coat of arms with one, dramatic, black and white knot.
Wherever St. Valentine’s Day finds you this year, we hope you’re entangled with your true love. Lift a glass in honor of the endless, infinite Celtic knot.
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