The old chapel at Lincoln's Inn is one of the hidden delights of central London. It's open every day and visitors are welcome to wander round. The chapel's foundation stone was laid (by John Donne, then preacher at the Inn) in 1620. It has splendid stained glass which gives the place a touch of magic - especially when the sunlight dances on the reds, blues and mauves. The bulk of the stained glass consists of the crests of the treasurers of the Inn stretching right back, in best Hogwarts style, to 1680.
Roy Amlot is a distinguished Queen's Counsel and it would be entirely wrong to suggest that his crest in any way subverts the tradition of the inns of court. But it does stand out amid the lions rampant, elephants poursuivant, chevres, and all the other hallmarks of heraldry.
His crest appears to display a golden retriever, tongue out, lying on a windsurfing board - I'm sure there's a Latin-esque style of describing this ensemble, but it defeats me.
I would love to know more about Roy Amlot's crest, and indeed his dog. Debrett's records his interests as 'skiing, windsurfing, music and squash' - not bad for a QC in his mid-seventies. And I suppose Lincoln's Inn can be grateful that his crest doesn't display a capped and goggled barrister doing a downhill slalom.
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