Preston Crest & Coats of Arms

Preston Clan Crest

Crest Description: An angel, Proper



Preston Coats of Arms:

A note on Coats of Arms:
Under Scottish heraldic law a coat of arms is awarded to an individual (with the exception of civic or corporate arms) . There is no such thing as a ‘family coat of arms’ The arms represented below are personal arms (with the above exceptions). Only the individual granted these arms has the right to use them.  for more information see our pages on heraldry here:



Henri de Preston



Heraldic Postcard, Preston Coat of Arms 1910

At Blains Mission, Manchester, The Preston Coat of Arms


Official blazon
Azure a Paschal Lamb couchant Argent supporting a Cross-Staff Or flying a Pennant of the second in base the letters PP of the third.
The arms were officially granted on March 6, 1950, but were already recorded at the Visitation of 1613 as a seal device.
The Lamb is the Lamb of St. Wilfrid who is the Patron Saint of Preston. The letters “”P.P. ” are taken to mean “Princeps Pacis” – Prince of Peace, or as some people would like it to be, “Proud Preston”. However, on earlier arms the lamb was standing and three letters “P” were depicted on it. The reason for the three letters was to give a general balance to the arms. The arms were in later years modernised and one of the letters “P” was left out, again as a method of improving the general design balance.


Preston of Preston, Simon , – Armorial Panel 16c
Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh
Photographed: John A. Duncan of Sketraw (7/05/07)

Preston, Sir Simon IV, Lord Provost of Edinburgh – Armorial Panel 16c
Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh
Phtotgraphed John A. Duncan of Sketraw (7/05/07)