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David R Mole

Arms: Argent, two bars between in chief three roundels Gules and in base an open book Proper, fore-edges and binding Gules.

Crest: Issuant from a mound of earth a mole Proper brandishing in his dexter paw an escutcheon Gules.

Recorded: Page 15 of the 89th Volume of the Public Register

These arms are, to the best of my memory, the first time I have ever kept a New Year�s Resolution. Having studied heraldry for many years I had always wanted my own arms but, until now, could not afford them.

The first step was to ascertain that, despite my English birth, I was under the jurisdiction of the Lord Lyon by virtue of long residence here.

This being accepted my petition went in and, once the decision to grant me arms had been made, a certain amount of confusion caused by various interpretations of the word �mole� set in. Lyon pointed out that, as no arms had ever been granted in the name of Mole in the whole history of heraldry in Scotland he would have a blank shield to play with. His initial suggestion was to have Azure, a pale Argent with various charges on it to represent �a mole running between two bodies of water�. This somewhat confused me so I sought clarification from him to discover that he was interpreting mole as being a breakwater. I am a biologist and have never thought of myself as anything other than a wee gentleman in a velvet waistcoat. I pointed out that there are several records of Moles [Moeles, Moules] dating back to 1299, eight of which appear in the Mitchell Rolls, and they all bear the bars and roundels. The book is a difference to show my career in education. Lyon suggested the emergent mole as a crest. When I suggested that he might like to follow the precedent set by giving Alan Watson an escutcheon Gules on his crest, and grant me the same to show my interest in heraldry. This he though was �a brilliant idea� and the net result is as you see.
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