Here's some stuff I came up with over the week: (a little heavy on the heraldry, but some interesting nonetheless) ------------------------------------------------------------------ Some thoughts on Heraldic Devices ------------------------------------------------------------------ from http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/bdurie/helmet.htm: "The helmet in Heraldry indicates rank and has a complex set of rules associated with it. *A King or Queen and Princes of the blood have a barred helmet Or (gold) facing affronty (to the front). *A peer has a helmet of Argent (silver) with a grille of five bars Or (gold) and faces dexter (to its right, the viewer's left). *Knights and Baronets (a sort of hereditary knighthood) have steel helmets placed affronty (facing front) with the visor raised. *Esquires and gentlemen (people of no particular rank, in other words) have a barrel helmet of steel, the Esquire's garnished with gold." Also: "In addition to the standard shield, there are often Coronets (caps of rank, such as the helmet, Supporters (often fabulous animals) to either side and a motto usually in an "escrol". Sometimes the shield stands upon a Ground or Compartment, typically made to represent a grassy mound or seascape and often, in Scotland, with the Clan or family plant badge depicted." (I tried looking up www.coronet.com with no luck.....:) ***************************************** Per the attached JPG: [see here] more proof that the Riddle may be more of a Jest:(from http://www.abs.net/~jimh/crest1.htm) "The coat of arms shown is the one most commonly referred to as the "Riddle" coat of arms. It is a version of the "Riddell of Riddell" and is the one that is provided by many commercial heraldry companies in the United States such as The Sanson Institute of Heraldry of Boston, Massachusetts, or Halberts of Bath, Ohio. This illustration was reproduced from "Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of Peerage Baronetage and Knightage", 1971 edition. Sir John(3-16) Riddell.X1Riddell, Sir John(3-16)/, of the Riddells of Roxburghshire, Scotland was the oldest son of Andrew(2-15). He was a man of considerable talent. He was knighted at an early age during his fathers lifetime. The title of baronet was conferred on the 14th of May, 1628 under the rule of Charles I, King of England and Scotland. Sir John(3-16) is recognized as the 1st Baron of the "Riddell of Riddell". The Baronet of Riddell remains with the Riddell family today, under Sir John Charles Buchanan(15-27) Riddell.X1Riddell, Sir John Charles Buchanan(15-27)/, 13th Bt. of Riddell. Sir John Charles succeeded his father in 1934. " Note [see image])the helmet facing "dexter", to the viewers left, with a 5-barred (presumably silver w/gold bars) helmet: for a "Peer", poss a duke or baron. The only corresponding helm in +ORC's riddle is the Steel, with visor closed in profile for a squire or gentleman. (This conflicts with my source, but not with yours...) ****************************************** What this may be implying is that the Riddle helm is a gentleman's helm (it is not, he is a baron) and therefore the correct choice of the five? There is some conflict in sources...the Riddle crest is a baron or a gentleman according to all sources but +ORC, in whose it is just a gentleman. _m
More heraldic information to add to the earlier stuff. The term "profile" in the +ORC text is explained in more detail in this tract. Here it says "dexter" or facing to the right. Does that indicate bit shifting? If applied to the second URL octet (92) -- as it occurs in the second sentence -- this gives 184. Of course, there's not a simple match, sentence for sentence, with the +ORC Riddle, so it's not clear what octet you might apply bit-shifting to, or by how many bits you should shift. But it's another weapon in the armory... (whoops, pun, sorry...)
I don't think we've yet found the original source text. It's still a case of hermeneutics - the art or science of interpreting scriptures!
31 May 1997