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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Bromscroft Castle, co. Salop; quartered by John Haringdon Barnery-Lutley, of Brockhampton, co. Hereford). (Lawton and Bromscroft, co. Salop; descended from Sir William Lutley, Knt., of Munslow Hall, same co.). Quarterly, or and az. four lions ramp. counterchanged.
2) (Barneby-Lutley, Brockhampton, co. Hereford). Motto—Virtute non vi. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, sa. a lion pass. guard. betw. three escallops ar., for Barneby; 2nd and 3rd, quarterly, or and az. four lions ramp. counterchanged, for Lutley, together with upwards of fifty-four quarterings, chiefly brought in by Habingdon and Shirley. Crest—A lion couchant guard, sa.

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

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Lutley Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Lutley blazon is the lion rampant. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 1. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 2.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3. 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 4. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5.

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 6 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 7. 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.

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References

  • 1 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 6 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64
  • 7 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141