duthus , which was often incorporated into the feudal society as a barony, or some fief of an existing barony.
The Chiefs of the Irish tribal organization as a result of Anglo-Norman influence, came to be possessed of Coats of Arms, as did the chieftains of their branch clans. All, eventually, became subjected to the authority of the government located in Dublin, as the Crown of Ireland, a united Crown with that of England, and under the jurisdiction of the Ulster King of Arms. The same Laws of Arms, and the same practice of Heraldry became established in Ireland as in England. An Officer of Arms was originally appointed by Richard II in the 14th Century and bore the title Ireland King of Arms. But the Ireland King of Arms, who was first mentioned in 1382, was always considered to be a member of the English heraldic body and does not seem to have done very much in Ireland and the office disappears in 1487.
In 1553 Edward VI, left,created the Ulster King of Arms to have jurisdiction over Irish Coats of Arms and this officer had rank equal to that of the Scottish and English King’s of Arms. Edward VI noted the events in his journal from February 2nd 1553 – “ There was a King of Arms made for Ireland, whose name was Ulster and his province was all of Ireland, and he was the fourth King of Arms, and the first Herald of Ireland” The reason for the use of the term Ulster, a province in the North of Ireland, to denote the whole of the country is unknown. Communication in Ireland at that time was much more difficult than in England due to the language difference and the poor state of the roads in the country, as a result there was a limited number of Visitations unlike in England. The recorded Visitations are Dublin and parts of County Louth 9 1568-70 ), Drogheda and Ardee 9 1570 ), Swords, County Dublin 9 1572 ),Cork 9 1574 ), Limerick 9 1574 ), Dublin City (1607), Dublin County (1610), Wexford ( 1610 )). In order to overcome the lack of Heraldic inspection the Ulster Kings of Arms had authority to confirm Coats of Arms which the claimants family could show to have been used in the family for three generations.