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The two main devices (symbols) in the Inglis blazon are the lion rampant and mullet. The three main tinctures (colors) are azure, argent and or .

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

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) 3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.5Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts. Originally it appeared only in one pose, erect, on one paw, with the others raised 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64 but such was the popularity of this figure, and the need to distinguish arms from each other, that it soon came to be shown in an enormous range of forms 9Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141. The lion rampant is an example of these modified form, and any family would be proud to have such a noble creature displayed on their arms. Rampant is the default attitude of the lion, raised on its hind legs, facing to the dexter and with front paws extended in a fearsome and powerful pose.

The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” 10Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97. A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires 11A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107. In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” 12The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105.

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1) (Murdieston, co. Lanark). Az. a lion ramp. ar. in chief three stars of the second.
2) (Murdieston, 1734; paternally Hamilton). Motto—Invictus maneo. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, as the last; 2nd, gu. three cinquefoils erm. within a bordure embattled or, for Hamilton, of Inverdovat; 3rd, ar. on a chev. sa. betw. three boars’ heads erased gu. armed of the second, a crescent of the first, for Elphinstone. Crest—A demi lion ar. grasping in his dexter paw an oak branch slipped ppr.
3) (Manner and Mannerhead, co. Peebles). Motto—Nobilis est ira leonis. Az. a lion ramp. ar. in chief three stars of the second. Crest—A demi lion ramp. ar.
4) (John Inglis, Advocate, 1672). Motto—Recte faciendo securus. As Manner, within a bordure gu. Same Crest.
5) (Newtounleys, co. Haddington). Motto—In tenebris lucidior. Az. a lion ramp. ar. on a chief engr. of the second three stars of the first. Crest—A star environed with clouds ppr.
6) (Cramond, co. Edinburgh, bart., 1687, title extinct or dormant; C. Halkett Craigie Inolis, of Cramond, heir of line). Motto—Nisi Dominus frustra. Az. a lion saliant ar. on a chief or, three mullets of the first. Crest—A demi lion ramp. ar. holding in the dexter paw a mullet or.
7) (Mauldslie, co. Lanark, afterwards Milton-Bryan, co. Bedford, bart., 1801, title extinct). Mottoes—Above the crest: Nobilis est ira leonis; under the arms: Recte faciendo securus. Az. a lion ramp. ar. within a bordure of the second, on a chief or, three stars of six points of the field. Crest—A demi lion ramp. ppr. in the dexter paw an estoile or.
8) (Gen. Sir William Inglis, K.C.B., 1815). Motto—Nobilis est ira leonis. Az. a lion ramp. ar. within a bordure of the last, on a chief or, three mullets of the field. Crest—A demi lion ar.
9) (S. B. Inglis, Captain in the German Legion, 1815). Az. a lion ramp. ar. in chief a frigate under sail or, betw. two mullets of the second. Crest—Out of a mural crown or, a demi lion ramp. ar. Supporters—Dexter, a sailor, vested blue, trousers white, holding in hia dexter hand a French flag, somewhat lowered; sinister, a lion ramp. guard. ar. collared az. the collar charged with three mullets also ar.
10) (Glencorse, co. Edinburgh; Lord Justice General of Scotland, 1867). Crest—Recte faciendo securus. Az. a lion ramp. ar. on a chief of the last three mullets sa. Crest—A demi lion ramp. holding in his dexter paw a mullet ar.
11) (Broomhill, co. Lanark, 1873). Motto—Recte faciendo securus. Az. a lion ramp. ar. on a chief or; three arrows banded together, points downward, betw. two mullets of the third. Crest—A demi lion ramp. ar. holding in his dexter paw a mullet gu.
12) (Edinburgh). Motto—Invictus maneo. Az. a lion ramp. ar. on a chief or, three mullets of the field. Crest—A demi lion holding a mullet.

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1. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
2. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
3. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
4. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
5. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
7. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64
9. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141
10. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97
11. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107
12. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105