Welcome to the

The Tressure Roll

An international roll of

heraldic representations


Roman-Dutch Law

Common Law

Dear Fellow Armigers/Heralds/Heraldists/Enthusiasts/Genealogists
The past three years have been a wonderful experience in the creation and management of the Tressure Roll. Since its establishment a steady flow of applications for registration came in. Many compliments were received, and the creative process saw several great designs seeing the light. The process of design also changed and grew. Certain design challenges were soon identified. Hand painting was one of them where the artist’s turnover time and fees became pricey. The move therefore to electronic design naturally evolved.
Where applicants chose to submit their own designs, these were graphically enhanced and improved. This resulted in good quality artworks being placed on the Tressure Roll Armorial.
Early on The Tressure Roll was contacted by several people who requested me to ensure that the Tressure Roll be as pure and heraldically correct as possible. This meant the following and implementation of the Rules of Heraldry diligently.
Initially it was felt that being an Armorial under Roman-Dutch and Common Law it would be acceptable for anyone to register what they want. People saw the opportunity and did just that. There were applications for the registration of armorial bearings with the inclusion of references to unproven nobility. There were self-styled orders of chivalry. Also unrecognised organisations of questionable character, posing as ancient or recognised orders and so on. There was no regard or consequence to the ancient laws of heraldry.
The result of the above was that the Tressure Roll became compromised. In view of the above the following rules will forthwith apply:
  1. The Tressure Roll will henceforth register plain armorial bearings consisting of a Shield, Helmet, Crest, Wreath & Mantling and Motto only. No references to title, rank, post - or pre - nominal titles will be permitted.
  2. No supporters, compartments or special compartments will be permitted.
  3. No helmets of rank, especially bearing the colour / tincture Or will be permitted. Plain helmets will be acceptable and may vary.
  4. In the blazon - no references of title, rank, nobiliary status, pre - or post - nominal titles etc, will be permitted.
  5. Registrations prior to 1 January 2023 will remain. Where there were registrations bearing unproven claims or content no discussion will be entered into to ensure basic respect to their owners.
  6. The Tressure Roll will continue to design & register other heraldic representations such as flags, banners, heraldic banners, standards, burgees, pennants, badges, bookplates etc. as normal.


For many citizens around the world the creation, adoption and assumption of a coat of arms or other heraldic representation such as a badge, banner standard, personal medal or emblem, is a daunting and sometimes impossible task, due to limitations or the absence of heraldic authorities. Many heraldic authorities refuse to register for foreign nationals or persons who do not qualify solely based on their social status, title or rank.

Heraldic Representations registered under the Tressure Roll have the following protection under the Law:

Roman-Dutch Law
Roman-Dutch law (Dutch: Rooms-Hollands recht), is an un-codifiedscholarship-driven, and judge-made legal system based on Roman law as applied in the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th centuries. As such, it is a variety of the European continental civil law or ius commune. While Roman-Dutch law was superseded by Napoleonic codal law in the Netherlands proper as early as the beginning of the 19th century, the legal practices and principles of the Roman-Dutch system are still applied actively and passively by the courts in countries that were part of the Dutch colonial empire, or countries which are influenced by former Dutch colonies.

In common law legal systems, precedent is a principle or rule established in a previous legal case that is either binding on or persuasive for a court or other tribunal when deciding subsequent cases with similar issues or factsCommon-law legal systems place great value on deciding cases according to consistent principled rules, so that similar facts will yield similar and predictable outcomes, and observance of precedent is the mechanism by which that goal is attained. The principle by which judges are bound to precedents is known as stare decisis (a Latin phrase with the literal meaning of "Let the decision stand"). Common-law precedent is a third kind of law, on equal footing with statutory law (that is, statutes and codes enacted by legislative bodies) and subordinate legislation - that is, delegated legislation (in UK parlance) or regulatory law (in U.S. parlance) (that is, regulations promulgated by executive branch agencies).

Common Law

Common law (also known as judicial precedent or judge-made law) is the body of law derived from judicial decisions of courts and similar tribunals. The defining characteristic of "common law" is that it arises as precedent. In cases where the parties disagree on what the law is, a common law court looks to past precedential decisions of relevant courts, and synthesizes the principles of those past cases as applicable to the current facts. If a similar dispute has been resolved in the past, the court is usually bound to follow the reasoning used in the prior decision (a principle known as stare decisis). If, however, the court finds that the current dispute is fundamentally distinct from all previous cases (called a "matter of first impression"), and legislative statutes are either silent or ambiguous on the question, judges have the authority and duty to resolve the issue (one party or the other has to win, and on disagreements of law, judges make that decision). The court states an opinion that gives reasons for the decision, and those reasons agglomerate with past decisions as precedent to bind future judges and litigants. Common law, as the body of law made by judges, stands in contrast to and on equal footing with statutes which are adopted through the legislative process, and regulations which are promulgated by the executive branch.  Stare decisis, the principle that cases should be decided according to consistent principled rules so that similar facts will yield similar results, lies at the heart of all common law systems. The common law—so named because it was "common" to all the king's courts across England—originated in the practices of the courts of the English kings in the centuries following the Norman Conquest in 1066. The British Empire spread the English legal system to its colonies, many of which retain the common law system today. These "common law systems" are legal systems that give great weight to judicial precedent, and to the style of reasoning inherited from the English legal system.

The Certificate of Registration

The final product is a certificate of registration. The details of the registrant together with the particulars and blazon of the heraldic registration is entered into The Tressure Roll.

The certificate of registration measures 330mm x 600mm. On the certificate appears the following:

  • the Tressure Roll's coat of arms

  • the applicant's heraldic representation

  • the full heraldic blazon

  • the name of the armiger

  • the signatures of the Principal Herald, & the Honorary Herald

  • the particulars of the registration - date & certificate number

  • the embossed Seal of the Tressure Roll

About the Tressure Roll

  1. The Tressure Roll is an entirely private roll/register, an international sole proprietory undertaking, and owned and operated as such.

  2. The Tressure Roll designs new and unique heraldic representations, in collaboration with applicants, with their input, suggestions and agreement, such as personal coats of arms, flags, banners and other emblems.

  3. The Tressure Roll maintains a register of the designs which it has created for applicants which is called a Heraldic Register, a Roll of Arms or an Armorial.

  4. The Armiger whose unique designs have been created and registered by/with the Tressure Roll – which is not a governmental authority – may naturally be registered in other countries and under other jurisdictions.

Embossing on certificate validating authenticity.
TTR Certificate