Elaine Seefeldt wrote:
I've actually been ill,then on holiday and now returned. I believe someone thought I was an American,far from it, I am Scottish born of a scottish mother and German father. The family coat of arms I have has been passed down from my father's side. We received it when my Opa died back in the 50s and my knowledge is that it had been passed down throughout his family. My father did not have any sons hence why I passed it on to my son who has since birth the surname of Seefeldt and of course has the Seefeldt blood pumping through him. If he isn't allowed it to be passed to him being the only male left in our side of Seefeldt family here and in Germany. My father was the oldest son as was my Opa,my fathers last remaining brother died last year so where does it go other than to my son or myself. I have a copy of the family book which has information of my Seefeldt family dated back to 1700s....I would love to trace back further but its not so easy living in Scotland with all my elderly relatives that can give me more details of our family history,now dead and my German not so fluent. Internet was not around when my Opa had the family coat of arms hanging on the wall in the old frame so I doubt if he ordered it from there because it had Seefeldt as a name. I have no reason to doubt this Coat of Arms was one of my ancestors that it belonged too.
Under Scots law you should apply for a grant of arms. I believe Scotland accepts Coat of Arms by foreign right if they are old enough. (Does anyone know the cut off date?) That might be hard to establish. The IAAH doesn't really do genealogical research. However, there are plenty of organizations that do. Including the Westphalian Heraldry Society http://www.westfalen-heraldik.de/page4.html
Be warned though, persons selling dubious coat of arms is not limited to America and/or the internet. Is there any name of an artist on the coat of arms your Opa had? What makes me suspicious is the story about the Baron gambling the castle. It is a story commonly given as an example of not true. (gambling a castle away was actual very hard, and in some cases not legally possible and wouldn't always cause a loss of title)