THE KIRKMAN COAT OF ARMS HEREBY ILLUSTRATD IS OFFICIALLY DOCUMENTED IN BURKE'S GENERAL ARMORY. THE ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ARMS (SHIELD IS AS FOLLOWS:
  "SA. TWO CROSIERS IN SALTIRE OR, OF A CHIEF CONCAVE AZ. THREE MITRES AR. GARNISHED GU."
WHEN TRANSLATED THE BLAZON ALSO DESCRIBES THE ORIGINAL COLORS OF THE KIRKMAN ARMS AS:
  "BLACK; TWO GOLD PRELATES STAFFS IN CROSS; THE UPPER THIRD CONCAVE BLUE CHARGED WITH THREE SILVER MITRES, GARNISHED RED."
ABOVE THE SHIELD AND HELMET IS THE CREST WHICH IS DESCRIBED AS:
  "A PRELATES STAFF AND SWORD IN CROSS, ALL NATURALLY COLORED."

The privilege of claiming a coat of arms is officially granted by the College of Arms and is passed down from generation to generation.
There were only two Kirkmans ever to be granted this privilege .

HOW AN EARLY KIRKMAN WAS GRANTED A COAT OF ARMS
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