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The three main devices (symbols) in the Wynne blazon are the bee, eagle and saracen’s head. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and argent.

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.

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) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

We might well expect thebee, industrious creator of honey with all its association of both work and sweet reward, 6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 80, but we also find other members of the insect kingdom, both decorative, such as the butterfly and more of a nuisance, such as the cricket! 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P260.

Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!

Heraldry is a human art, by and for people and it is not surprising that people themselves are frequently depicted in arms 11Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P174. As well as the nobility themselves, we also see both the mundane, ploughmen, fishermen and reapers; and the exotic in the form of club wielding savagesand the Moorish or Saracen gentleman with his decorative wreathed turban 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P168.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (co. Carmarthen). Ar. a chev. betw. three eagles displ. sa. on a border sa. eight bezants.
2) (Garthewin, co. Denbigh; descended from Robert Wynne, Esq., an officer in the service of Charles I., second son of John Wynn, Esq., of Melai and Maenan, d. 1082). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. three boars’ heads couped at the neck in pale ar., for Grono Llwyd y Penwyn; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a Saracen’s head couped at the neck ppr. wreathed about the temples ar and sa., for Marchudd ap Conan. Crest—A stag trippant ppr.
3) (Garthmeilo, co. Denbigh; descended from Trahman Goch, of Emlyn, a distinguished Welsh chieftain). Ar. six bees volant, three, two, and one sa.
4) (Dyffryn Aled, co. Denbigh; descended through Rhys ap Edryd, from Marchudd, Lord of Abergelleu. Diana, dau. and heiress of Pyers Wynne, Esq., of Dyffryn Aled, m. Philip Yorke, Esq., of Erddig, co. Denbigh). Gu. a Saracen’s head erased ppr. wreathed about the temples ar. and sa.
5) (Coed Coch, co. Flint; descended from Marchudd). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. a Saracen's head erased ppr. wreathed about the temples ar. and sa.; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a chev. betw. three Saracens’ heads ppr. Crest—A Saracen’s head, as in the arms.
6) (Voelas, co. Denbigh; descended from Marchweithian, a celebrated chieftain of North Wales in the 11th century; Jane Wynne, the heiress of the Wynnes of Voelas, and the Griffiths of Cefnamwlch, m. in 1778, Hon. Charles Finch, second son of Heneage, third Earl ojf Aylesford). (Brithil, co. Flint). Gu. a lion ramp. ar.
7) (Wynne-Finch). (Voelas, co. Denbigh, and Cefnamwlch, co. Carnarvon; exemplfied to Charles Griffith Wynne, Esq., upon his resuming, by royal licence, the additional surname of Finch). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a chev. betw. three griffins pass, sa., for Finch; 2nd nnd 3rd, gu. alion ramp. ar., for Wynne, of Voelas. Crests— 1st, Finch: A griffin pass. sa.; 2nd, Wynne: A lion ramp. ar. holding in the dexter paw a rose gu. slipped vert.
8) (Leeswood, co. Flint, bart., extinct temp. George III., created a bart. 9 Aug. 1731). Az. a chev. betw. three dolphins haurient ar. Crest—A dolphin haurient ar.
9) (Nerquis Hall, co. Flint; exemplified to Thomas Hanmer Fletcher, upon his assuming, by royal licence, 1864, the surname of Wynne). Motto—E rye, eryrod eryrhi. Vert three eagles displ. in fess, wings inverted or. Crest—An eagle displ. or.
10) (Pengwern, co. Merioneth; Rev. Lloyd Wynne inherited the estates of his maternal uncle. Rev. Maurice Wynne, LL.D., of Pengwern, co. Merioneth, and of Llwyn, co. Denbigh). Quarterly, 1st, vert three eagles displ. in fess or; 2nd, gu. three lions pass. in pale ar.; 3rd, per bend sinister erm. and ermines a lion ramp. sa.; 4th, erm. a saltire gu. a crescent or. Crest—An eagle displ. as in the arms, motto over, Eryr, eryrod eryr. Motto—Di ofn Di ymffrost.
11) (Glyn, co. Merioneth; descended through Rhys, fifths son of Ievan ap Einion ap Griffith, Esq., of Cors-y-Gedol, co. Merioneth, from Osborn FitzGerald Lord of Ynys-y-Maengwyn. Margaret, heiress of Glynn, granddau. and heiress of Robert Wynne, Esq., of Glynn, m. in 1683, Sir Robert Owen, of Porkington, co. Salop, Knt., refer to Ormsby-Gore, Baron Harlech). Arms, those of Osborn FitzGerald, viz., Erm. a saltire gu.
12) (Peniarth, co. Merioneth; descended from Wynne, of Glynn, same co., which estate was acquired by marriage, in 1513, with the dau. and heiress of Bamvill, of Glynn. Wlliam Wynne, youngest son of Robert Wynne, Esq., of Glynn, who was Sheriff co. Merioneth 1657 and 1669, m. Elizabeth, only child and heiress of Maurice Jones, Esq., of Wern, and was ancestor of the Wynnes of Wern and of Peniarth). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, erm. on a saltire gu. a crescent or, for Wynne; 2nd and 3rd, vert three eagles displ. in fess or, for Owen Gwynedd. Crest—On a chapeau gu. turned up erm. a boar pass. ar. fretty gu.
13) (Ashford, co. Middlesex). Ar. a chev. betw. three fleurs-de-lis sa. Crest—An arm erect in armour ppr. holding in the gauntlet a fleur-de-lis ar.
14) Gu. a chev. betw. three lions ramp. or.
15) (Reg. Ulster’s Office). Vert a chev. erm. betw. three wolves’ heads erased ar. Crest—A wolf sejant ppr.
16) (Haslewood, co. Sligo; descended from Ririd, Lord of Penllyn, co. Merioneth, who took the name of Blaidd, or the Wolf, from his maternal ancestor, Blaid Rhudd, or the Bloody Wolf, Lord of Gest, near Penmorfa. The immediate ancestor of this family, Owen Wynne, Esq., of Lurganboy, co. Leitrim, settled in Ireland temp. James I., and m. Hon. Katherine Hamilton, dau. of Claude, first Lord Strabane, ancestor of the Duke of Abercorn). Motto—Non sibi sed toto. Same Arms. Crest—A wolf’s head erased, as in the arms.

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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. 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. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 80
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P260
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle
9. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238
10. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74
11. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P174
12. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P168