About this Parchment
Beautifully arranged in this parchment and created by Edmond McGrath (RIP) in the 1970s and only rediscovered after 40 years in safe storage, we bring you a very special illustration that encompasses symbols of your Irish tribal heritage. The owner of this name is by definition a child of Ireland in culture and in blood!
On this A1 (23.4 x 33.1 inch) sized parchment, your special Irish Coat of Arms is deservedly embellished by all the many ancient Celtic inspirations of Irish artists, scholars and architects. At the centre you see the backdrop of the Kerry landscape with her scenic Killarney lakes, whilst other bordering elements are the craftsmanship of sculptors and builders who managed to create works of art with the most basic of tools. With this parchment you will see your family name as an integral part of the Irish story which will forever remain an integral part of Irish heritage.
This parchment can be an heirloom for many generations yet to come as your family thrive into the future making their own mark on history as your ancestors did. Your unique Irish family Coat of Arms is a wonderful creative reminder that your name has an Irish tribal identity with its origin, derivatives and impact on the culture of Ireland and worldwide. All of this written in Celtic calligraphy. The design inspiration is about Ireland’s story and how your family have made a mark on Ireland history.
Features of Ireland illustrated include:
- Book of Kells inspired artwork
- The Cross of Cong
- The Ardagh Chalice
- Killarney Lakes
- The Irish Harp
- The Currachs of the West of Ireland
- Glendalough Monastery
- Blarney Castle
- Traditional thatched houses of Ireland
- Ahenny Cross
- Cross of Muiredach
- The Burgh O’Malley Chalice
- The crests of the four provinces of Ireland: Ulster, Connaught, Leinster, Munster
- The Tara Brooch
- The Celtic Torc
The McGowan Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the McGowan parchment:
In Gaelic this surname is Mac An Ghabhann which means ‘son of the blacksmith.’ It is therefore understandable, although misleading, that the English translation of the name was often Smith. The Mac An Ghabhann were an important sept in the ancient territory of Breffny, and held sway over most of what is now County Cavan, In this area it is the name Smith which predominates today. MaGowan was used in preference, however, in the outlying areas of Breffny on the borders of Leitrim, Donegal, and Sligo, where the majority of Irish McGowans are found in modern times. There also exists a quite distinct O’ Gowan sept in East Ulster. It came originally from BallyGowan, a town lying in the fertile land to the west of that lough which the horsemen named Strangflord or ‘violent inlet’ because of its dangerous tides. In 1659 this surname was listed among the most prominent Irish names in Monaghan and Fermanagh. Two McGowans of emigrant families have achieved recognition: in America, Samuel McGowan was a nineteenth-century confederate soldier and Jurist, and James McGowan was a prominent New Zealand statesman who died in 1912. Other emigrant McGowan were the brothers, Mark and Thomas, who sailed on the ‘Charles & Harriott’ to New York in March 1804, and William, who sailed on the American ship ‘Commerce’ to Philadelphia in April of the same year.
You can choose from three options:
Large A1 Print: We will send you a high-quality print right to you and you can frame and display in your home.
Unlimited Print Download: An ideal option if you would like your extended family to have one for their own homes.
Unique Original Parchment: If you would like to be the proud holder of the one and only original parchment for this name created over 43 years ago, you can purchase this but note that there is only one available!
Note: the above imagery shows:
- Full view of one parchment as an example
- A cropped low resolution image of your specific name
Each parchment contains the unique family Coat of Arms and written history.
About Celtic Art
Celtic art is associated with the Celts who are the people that spoke the Celtic languages in Europe back from pre-history right through to the modern period. Celtic art is a difficult term to define, covering a huge expanse of time across geography and culture. Celtic art is typically ornamental which characteristically does not have straight lines and is rich with symbolism.