|Quarterly 1st & 4th France and England quarterly 2nd Scotland 3rd Ireland over all a baton in bend sinister compony of six Argent and Azure. Crest: On
a chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a lion guardant
Or ducally crowned Azure gorged with a collar counter-compony and of the fourth. Supporters: Dexter a lion guardant Or ducally crowned Azure; sinister a greyhound Argent, each gorged with a collar counter-compony Argent and Azure.
Motto: Et decus et pretium recti (Both ornament and the reward of virtue).
knight in full armour passant bearing on a shield Argent a cross couped
In his dexter hand a lance erect. The horse proper Sable caparisoned
a chief Argent a hunting horn Sable mounted and leashed Or. Crest:
eagles wings Or a cross patty Gules all within a coronet Or.
Roep van de
(“Call of the Caller”)
1st & 4th Ermine an eagle displayed
armed Or 2nd & 3rd argent six fleur-de-lis Azure three two one
a chief indented Or at the centrepoint the badge of a Baronet.
EDMUND BEDINGFELD, BT. 2.6.1915
late Sir Edmund Bedingfeld, 8th Baronet, was one of the earliest
members of the
Society and became Chairman in 1978 and President in 1993. He is succeeded by his son, Henry, who is presently Norroy and Ulster King of Arms.
Heraldry Society was founded by Mrs Lorraine Greenoak in 1977 to
awareness and interest in heraldry in all its aspects but mainly
focussed in Suffolk.
This county is
rich in heraldry in public buildings, old houses, inns, village signs
particularly our fine churches. The Society’s booklets on
500 churches, and these are continually under review. Full colour
now available for St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Long Melford church -
The origins of
heraldry can be traced
to the medieval battlefield where the shield was the main defence, and
knights in armour (which covered the face) were unrecognisable, the
surface of the shield was used as a means of identifying friend from
was decorated with a design and colours that were unique to each
also wore a tunic over his armour, similarly decorated, and this was
of arms.These armorial bearings were handed down from father to son and
became indications of descent as well as identity.
Heraldry has lost
its basic military
purpose, but not its essential function of identification, and so is
much alive in the 21st century. Grants of arms can be issued through
Heralds of the College
and also businesses, professional and academic bodies, services and
Society would welcome anyone who would like to know more about
have talks, run training courses, hold exhibitions and displays and
places of heraldic interest. Each 23 April we have a formal St George’s
Day dinner (see Events page).