Here be dragons: exploring heraldry on Glasgow's buildings ADED11994

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Heraldry is a language of ownership and display, and we can see examples all around us in the buildings and structures of Glasgow. This course explores the structure and symbolism of this language and helps us to understand the meanings that individuals and organisations wanted to convey when putting their mark on their property. From the ubiquitous city arms to the heraldic devices of government, clan societies, companies and individuals, these symbols have a story to tell. This course consists of one classroom meeting and four walks in the following areas: city centre east; city centre west; Pollokshaws and district; and the West End and Kelvingrove.


Block 4, weeks 1-5

Saturday, 15.00-17.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the structures and symbolism of heraldry

■ Place heraldry within the context of government, clan societies, companies and individuals found in Glasgow and visible upon buildings within the city

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the language of heraldry, through having actively participated in class discussions

■ Analyse heraldic devices and place them within the contexts under consideration

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.