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An Elizabethan Armorial

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.

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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).


Norfolk (Howard): 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.

Winchester (Paulet): sable, three swords in pile conjoined at the points argent, hilted or. (motto: Aymez loyaulté: love loyalty)


Arundel (FitzAlan): 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.  
Bath (Bouchier): argent, a cross engrailed gules between four water bougets sable.

Lennox (Stewart): or, a fess checky azure & argent within a double tressure flory-counter-flory gules.

Warwick (Dudley): or, a lion rampant double-queued vert.

Southampton (Wriothesley): azure, a cross or between four falcons close argent. (Motto: ung par tout, tou par ung: one for all, all for one [honest!] )

Bedford (Russell): 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.

Hertford (Seymour): gules, two wings conjoined in lure or.

Leicester (Dudley): or, a lion rampant double queued vert, a crescent gules for difference.

Essex (Devereux): argent, a fess gules in chief three torteaux.

Lincoln (Clinton): argent, six crosses crosslet fitchée sable; on a chief azure, two mullets pierced or.


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Edited by John Neitz
Designed and illustrated by Paula Kate Marmor
Site Credits
9 January 2000
Revised 15 February 2004