From The Irish Fireside, Volume 1, Number 6, August 6, 1883.
Heretofore the devices distinguishing the escutcheons of the Princes, Chiefs, Septs, and Families of Ireland have been to the Irish million comparatively unknown, excepting in a fugitive way--viz , in the form of mural tablets scarred with rime and rust on the rugged walls of the ruined homes of Ireland's vanished glory, or graven on the tombs that mark the spots where lie her storied dead. But, through the enterprise of the proprietor of The Irish Fireside will now be afforded an opportunity of possessing, in a collective and popular form, the heraldic achievements of all the principal chiefs and families of Ireland, and this advantage may be turned to account in many ways, affording thereby instruction, amusement and satisfactory practical results.
Heraldry has from time immemorial formed a very important and attractive feature in the exquisite art of illuminating, and we will so place these arms in the possession of our readers that they may be reproduced on banners or screens of Berlin wool, or silk work, or on oil panels, or in water colour. A very few practical hints will serve to assist our fair readers in this pursuit.
The principal metals and colours displayed in heraldry are indicated by shading and dots on the following shields:--
The wreath or roll of silk from which the crest issues, is coloured alternately with the metal and colour contained in the shield, and the scroll or mantling pendant from the casque or helmet partake also of the metal and colour of the shield. We do not intend to give the arms alphabetically. By so doing, the series would be less picturesque and interesting.
THE ARMS OF GALLAGHER.