The basic Dunlop shield, essentially duplicated by the cadet branches of the family, is a double-headed eagle with wings displayed outwardly on either side. The eagle is the king of birds. To have this bestowed on a member of the Family as their symbol is considered a great honor. The heraldic eagle signifies high station, fair judgment, understanding and strength. The eagle with wings displayed signifies energy and continuous activity. A quotation from the "Display of Heraldry" states: "with wings displayed shows that the Eagle is not idle but continually practices in the course of Life which nature has given her. She signifies an active man who is of high spirits, ingenious, quick of understanding, and a fair judge, especially in ambiguous matters." Among other noble qualities in the Eagle, her strength and sharpness of fight are much admired and it is " a great honor in one of noble birth to be wise and of quick and deep understanding.. than to be rich, or powerful, or great just by birth."
The two-headed eagle used on the Dunlop shield is believed to signify authority, from both East and West. In early Britain that meant Rome to the East and Ireland to the West. the Eagle is seen in many colors, on many colors, but always overlaid one eagle over the other. It was first seen used by Isabel de St Vrain in 1262 in Britain, by the Dunlops, Jordan's, Spekes and Barry's. It was also used by the Imperial Holy Roman throne, both East and West. In Germany by the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund, who joined the two eagles together with their heads separate to show the two empires joined in him. The Turkish dynasty of the Seljuk's used the two-headed eagle, along with the Grand Duke Ivan Basilovitz of Moscow in 1472. Stephan Nenaja, Czar of Servia and Bosnia assumed the double eagle but it was silver on red in 1340. The Emperor Louis the Bavarian used it in 1314 and Matthew Paris in 1307. and Emperor Wenceslaus , King of Bohemia used it in 1376.
The following Coats of Arms are registered under the Dunlop, Dunlap, and DeLap Names in Ireland and Britain from The general armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales pg307 and more.
Dunlop of Glasgow. Thomas Dunlop, Shipbuilder started his business in 1851 in glasgow. His son Sir Thomas Dunlop was created a baronet in 1916. He was Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1914-1917. Sir Thomas Dunlop III 2nd Baronet, and Sir Thomas Dunlop IV, 3rd Baronet carried on in the shipbuilding business until the 1980's. The 4th Baronet, Sir Thomas Dunlop of Glasgow still holds these Arms today.
Buchanan Dunlop Quarterly, first and fourth, Argent, a double headed eagle displayed Gules in the dexter chief point a mullet Azure, a bordure of the second; second, Or, a lion rampant Sable holding in his sinister paw a bow and in his dexter an arrow all Proper within a double tressure flory counterflory of the second; third grand quarter counter quartered, first and fourth, quarterly. first and fourth, gyronny of eight Or and Sable each gyron charged with a trefoil slipped all countercharged; second and third, Argent, a galley Sable, sails furled, in the centre of the quarters a crescent Gules, for difference; second and third, Gules, on a bend Argent, three crescents Azure, in the sinister chief a spur revel of the second, in the centre of the grand quarters a martlet Sable for difference.
Lt Col Henry Donald Buchanan-Dunlop, DSO
Dunlop -Wallace of Devonshire
Quarterly, l8t and 4th, as the last, for Dunlop; 2nd and 3rd, counter-quartered, 1st and 4th, gu. a lion ramp, ar ; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a fess chequy ar. and az., all for Wallace. Crest—A dexter hand holding a dagger erect all ppr. Motto—Merito.
Boyle, Earl of Glasgow, Fairlie, Ayrshire. Currently held by 10th Earl , Patrick Robin Archibald Boyle, Viscount of Kelburn, Lord Boyle, amd Baron Fairlie
Findley of Boturich, Dunbartonshire. Currently held by Robert Findley, 8th of Boturich.
Delap of Monellan, County Donegal, Ireland. (Descended from the Scottish family of Dunlop). Gu on a pile Ar, an eagle displayed of the field. Crest: a dexter arm in armor, grasping a sword, combined with an arm sinister holding a rose, sprig and and bud proper. Above the crest : Merito. Under the Arms, E Spinis (for Delap crest, see below)
Burke's General Armory gives for Dunlop of Carmyle and Garnkirk (1779), Argent a two-headed eagle displayed gules in dexter chief a rose gules, a bordure azure, with the crest A hand holding a dagger in bend sinister proper, and two mottoes: above the crest, Merito [Deservedly]; and below the shield E spinis [From the thorns]. This window is in Glasgow Cathedral. It was in Memoriam of James Dunlop, 5th of Gankirk.
James Dunlop, 5th of Garnkirk and of Tolcross was born in 1741, the son of Colin Dunlop of Carmyle and Martha Bogle.
Captain Sir John Wallace Dunlop, 22nd of that Ilk,1st Bt., son of James, 1832-1839 John served with the Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards, under Wellington. He was created a baronet. He built the present Dunlop House in 1834. One son, James, by first wife and a daughter , also named Constance. James Dunlop of Dunlop, the last direct descendant of his line, died in 1858. Since he was unmarried with no legal descendants, the title of "Dunlop of Dunlop", or "Dunlop of that Ilk" reverted to another line and the estate was sold to Thomas Dunlop Douglas, a descendant of the Gankirk branch and a wealthy Glasgow merchant. At his death he left the house to his nephew, Thomas Dunlop Cunninghame Graham. This Thomas reseated the Kirk and started the beautification by installing stained glass windows.
The Arms displayed here are the Arms of this website designed by M S Dunlap for the express use here as an internet graphic and are NOT the official Arms of Dunlop.
Francis Alexander Delap Halliday Tollemache 1773-1830 of the Delap-Hallidays of Castledykes, Kirkcudbright, Scotland and Antigua.
Vice Admiral John Richard Delap Halliday, son of John Delap Halliday (q.v.) and his wife Lady Jane Tollemache. Changed his name to Tollemache 1821. His son John Tollemache (q.v.) was awarded compensation for claims in Antigua as executor to his father.
George Delap Halliday of London
The Crest, with its Right hand holding a dirk, signifies prowess in battle. The motto, "Merito", means deservedly. One may notice that branches of the Families Dunlop had slight differences in the Crest, with some daggers erect and others slanted (Sinister). The main Branch of Dunlops who lived at Dunlop House held an erect (proper) dagger in their crest. The red and white signify the colors of the livery, or cloaks worn over the armor. Today's Dunlop wears a red and white cloth under the Clan Badge to honor that.
Dunlop, William Hamilton, of Doonside, Scotland, a dexter hand holding a dagger erect ppr. Merito. 212. 9
Dunlop, Scotland, a dexter hand holding a sword ppr. Merito. 212.13
The Crest of the Chief is worn by all members of the Clan and of approved Septs and followers of the Clan, within a strap and buckle surround bearing the Chief's motto. This is for personal wear only, to indicate that the wearer is a member of the Clan or Armigous Family whose Chief's crest-badge is being worn. The badge or crest is not depicted on personal or business stationery, signet rings or plate, because such use would legally import that the tea-pot, etc., was the Chief's property!
Combination Crest/Arms designed by Michael Sean Dunlap
Crest descriptions are from "Royal Book of crests of Great Britain, Canada, India, and Australasia"
by James Fairbairn
Merito = "Deservedly!'
E Spinis = From the thorns"
Delap, James Bogle, Esquire, J.P., late Hon. Major, Royal Bucks Hussars, of Monellan, Killygordon, co. Donegal, and the Manor House, Lillingstone Lovel, Bucks, two arms embowed, the dexter ppr., holding a rose gu., slipped and leaved vert, the sinister in armour, the hand holding a sword, all ppr., pommel and hilt or. Merito.
Delap, Surrey, two arms embowed, the dexter ppr., holding in the hand a rose gu., the sinister in armour, and holding a sword ppr., hilt and pommel or. Merito.
Delap of London and Surrey, a cubit arm in armour per pale embattled or and az., holding in the hand a sword ppr., hilt and pommel of the first.
Dunlop, Scotland, a rose ppr. E spinis.
149. 5 (See Buchanan Dunlop)
E Spinis = "From the thorns"
Dunlop, George James, Esquire, of the Hermitage, St Mark's, Cheltenham, a dexter hand holding a dagger in bend sinister ppr. Merito. — E spinis.
Dunlop, Scotland, a dexter hand holding a dagger in bend sinister ppr. Merito. — E spinis.
Dunlop (Dunlop, co. Ayr). Ar. a two-headed eagle displ. gn.
Dunlop-Wallace (Dunlop; as recorded 1838). Quarterly, l8tand4th, as the last, for Dunlop; 2nd and 3rd, counter-quartered, 1st and 4th, gu. a lion ramp, ar ; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a fess chequy ar. and az., all for Wallace. Crest—A dexter hand holding a dagger erect all ppr. Motto—Merito.
Dunlop (Garnkirk, co. Ayr, 1672). Ar. a two-headed eagle displ. gu. in dexter chief point a mullet az. for diff. Crest— A rose slipped ppr. Motto— E spinis.
Dunlop (Carmyle and Garnkirk, 1779). Ar. a two-headed eagle displ. gu. in dexter chief a rose of the last, a bordure az. Crest—A dexter hand holding a dagger in bend sinister ppr. Mottoes—Above the crest : Merito ; below the shield : E spinis.
Dunlop (Rosebank, co. Lanark, 1792). Ar. a two-headed eagle displ. gu. beaked and membered sa. in chief a lozenge betw. two stars az. in base the sea waved vert. Crest— A hand holding a sword ppr. Motto—Merito.
Dunlop (Househill, 1672). Ar. a two-headed eagle displ. gu. in dexter chief point a martlet az. for diff. Crest—A dexter hand holding a sword ppr. Motto—Merito.
The Chief's coat of arms fulfils within the clan or family the same purpose as the Royal Arms do in a Kingdom. There is no such thing as a "family crest" or "family coat of arms" which anyone can assume, or a whole family can use.
Armorial bearings, of which the Crest is a subsidiary part, are a form of individual heritage property, devolving upon one person at a time by succession from the grantee or confirmee, and thus descend like a Peerage. They indicate the Chief of the Family or Clan, or the Head of each subsidiary line or household descending from members who have themselves established in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland a right to a subsidiary version of the arms and crest, containing a mark of difference indicating their position in the Family or Clan. This is not a "new" coat of arms, it is the ancient ancestral arms with a mark of cadency, usefully showing the cadet's place within the family. It identifies where you, and your own heirs, belong within the family. It is, as well as being beautiful, a valuable system of identification.
The parts of the armorial bearings consist of:
The Shield, bearing the basic device
The Helmet, with its Crest, which sits on top of the helmet
The Motto in a scroll
The Mantling or cape, which kept the sun off the wearer's armour in hot weather
Very rarely, two Supporters on either side of the shield, which are external attributes of the arms of Peers, Chiefs and a very few other persons of special importance, including Knights Grand Cross of Orders. (See Dunlop-Boyle). It is illegal to assume and purport to use your Chief's arms without a due and congruent recorded difference. Anyone who does so merely publishes their own ignorance.
There is no such thing as a "Clan coat of arms". The arms are those of the Chief, and clansmen have only the privilege of wearing the strap-and-buckle crested badge to show they are such Chief's clansmen.
The Crest of the Chief is worn by all members of the Clan and of approved Septs and followers of the Clan, within a strap and buckle surround bearing the Chief's motto. This is for personal wear only, to indicate that the wearer is a member of the Clan whose Chief's crest-badge is being worn. (The badge or crest is not depicted on personal or business stationery, signet rings or plate, because such use would legally import that the tea-pot, etc., was the Chief's property!)