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Bes Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Bes blazon are the tree and feather. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5.

Amongst the natural objects depicted on a coat of arms, trees feature frequently, either in whole or as individual branches and leaves. 6. Sometimes the species or the part of tree was chosen as an allusion to the name of the bearer, as in Argent three tree stumps (also known as stocks) sable” for Blackstock 7 Trees of course had long been venerated and its use in a coat of arms may have represented some association with the god Thor 8

The feather, especially that of the ostrich appears with great regularity in the crests of a full achievement of arms, typically in the shape of a plume. Wade associates this device with “willing obedience and serenity of mind”. 9 They are much less common on the shield itself, unless part of an arrow, which may be feathered of a different colour, or a quill pen. 10

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Bes Coat of Arms and Family Crest

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: 1260 W polu czerwonym pniak o trzech korzeniach, dw”ch sękach i dw”ch listkach lipowych, w skos, srebrny. W klejnocie nad hełmem w koronie pęk pi”r kogucich, po 6 na stronę. Gules, linden tree Stock eradicated, with two leafs, bendwise, argent. Crest: 12 cook feather in pale, 6 to dexter, 6 to sinister, sable.

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References

  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
  • 3 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 6 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P94, 262, 407
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P309
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112
  • 9 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P74
  • 10 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Feathers