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(granted to Henry Dangar, Esq., of Haverstock Hill, co. Middlesex). Motto—Traditus non victus. Erm. on a bend sa. cottised engr. gu. a ram’s head erased or, betw. two esquires’ helmets ppr. Crest—Upon a mount vert a demi man affronte in armour ppr. the helmet adorned with three feathers az. holding in the right hand a broken tilting spear also ppr. and supporting with the left an escocheon sa. charged with a ram's head erased or.

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Dangar Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Dangar blazon are the bend, ram’s head and ram’s head. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and ermine.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.

Ermine is a very ancient pattern, and distinctive to observe. It was borne alone by John de Monfort, the Earl of Richmond and Duke of Brittany in the late 14th century 4A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P69 It has a long association with royalty and the nobility in general and hence represents “Dignity” wherever it is found 5The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39. The ermine pattern is white with, typically, a three dots and a dart grouping representing the tail of the furred creature.6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28. The ermine spot is sometimes found alone as a special charge on the shield.

The bend is a distinctive part of the shield, frequently occuring and clearly visible from a distance – it is a broad band running from top left to bottom right 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40. Indeed, so important is the bend that it was the subject of one of the earliest cases before the English Court of Chivalry; the famous case of 1390, Scrope vs Grosvenor had to decide which family were the rightful owners of Azure, a bend or (A blue shield, with yellow bend). 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22. The bend is held in high honour and may signify “defence or protection” and often borne by those of high military rank 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49.

Both the Ram and the ram’s head appear in heraldry, depicted in a lifelike aspect. 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:ram Wade assigns it the meaning of “leader” on account of its role within the flock. 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P68 Wade quotes Nichols in suggesting that it most resembles the primrose, which “brings good luck to the finder”. 12The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P135

Both the Ram and the ram’s head appear in heraldry, depicted in a lifelike aspect. 13A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:ram Wade assigns it the meaning of “leader” on account of its role within the flock. 14The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P68 Wade quotes Nichols in suggesting that it most resembles the primrose, which “brings good luck to the finder”. 15The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P135

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1. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
2. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
3. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
4. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P69
5. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39
6. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28
7. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40
8. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22
9. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49
10. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:ram
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P68
12. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P135
13. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:ram
14. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P68
15. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P135