Blazons of the Ancient Paternal
Arms of the Peers of England and Members of the Gentry as Portrayed
in the Guild of Saint George
Compiled by John Neitz
Arms Drawn by Paula Kate Marmor
Editorís Introduction: These are the blazons, or descriptions, of the arms of all the peers of Elizabethan England as well as gentry portrayed in the Guilds of St. George [California, Bristol]. Note that for the sake of simplicity only the first quartering is depicted.
Heraldry uses its own specialized language, as it has done since the 14th century. For an introduction to the colors, ordinaries, and charges, see A Primer of Blazonry. For more advanced information, consult Pimbley's Dictionary of Heraldry.
Higher Nobility | Viscounts and Barons | Gentry and Others
Arms of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
AND of the Kingdom of England:
quarterly 1 & 4: azure, three fleur-de-lys or
(France) 2 & 3: gules, three lions passant guardant
in pale or armed & langued azure (England).
gules, on a bend between six crosses
crosslet fitchée argent; an escutcheon
charged or, a demi-lion rampant its mouth
impaled with an arrow within a double tressure
fleury counter fleury gules.
|Northampton (Parr): argent, two bars azure within a bordure engrailed sable.|
sable, three swords in pile conjoined at
the points argent, hilted or.
(motto: Aymez loyaulté: love loyalty)
gules, a lion rampant or.
|Oxford (deVere): quarterly gules & or, in dexter chief a mullet argent.|
Northumberland (Percy): 1&4: or a lion rampant azure; 2&3: gules, three luces haurient argent.
|Westmoreland (Neville): gules, a saltire argent.|
|Shrewsbury (Talbot): gules, a lion rampant within a bordure engrailed or.|
|Kent (Grey): barry of six argent & azure, in chief three torteaux.|
|Derby (Stanley): argent, on a bend azure three stags heads cabossed or.|
|Worcester (Somerset): Argent a fess charged with Beaufort (Quarterly England and France within a bordure compony argent and azure). Revised.|
|Rutland (Manners): or, two bars azure a chief quarterly azure & gules in the first & fourth quarters two fleur-de-lys or; in the second & third quarters a lion passant guardant or.|
Cumberland (Clifford): checky or and azure, a fess gules. (Motto: Desormais)
|Sussex (Radcliffe): argent, a bend engrailed sable.|
|Huntingdon (Hastings): argent, a maunch sable.|
argent, a cross engrailed gules between four water
Lennox (Stewart): or, a
fess checky azure & argent within a double tressure
Warwick (Dudley): or, a
lion rampant double-queued vert.
(Wriothesley): azure, a cross or between four
falcons close argent. (Motto: ung par tout, tou par
ung: one for all, all for one [honest!] )
argent, a lion rampant gules armed & langued azure;
on a chief sable, three escallops argent.
Pembroke (Herbert): per
pale azure & gules, three lions rampant argent.
(Seymour): gules, two wings conjoined in lure or.
Leicester (Dudley): or, a
lion rampant double queued vert, a crescent gules for
(Devereux): argent, a fess gules in chief three
(Clinton): argent, six crosses crosslet
fitchée sable; on a chief azure, two mullets pierced or.