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Aux armes …

More strange than true: I never may believe
These antique fables, nor these fairy toys …

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare (c. 1595). A Midsummer Night's Dream.


The Arms and Crest of Alan Geal1

Blazon

Arms

Azure semé of Mullets of six points appointé Argent.2

Crest

On … a Wreath Argent and Azure within a Circlet of Chain broken Argent an Eagle wings expanded Or grasping in the talons the Chain.

Mantling

Azure doubled Argent.

Mottoes

Below the Arms:

CLARERE AUDERE GAUDERE
Be bright: be daring: be joyful.

Above the Crest:

ΖΗΤΕΙΝ ΤΗΝ ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑΝ
Seek the truth.

Badges3

Within a Circlet of Chain sans the base link Argent an Eagle Or grasping in the talons the loose link broken also Argent.4

Figure: the 'Seven Stars' badge.

A Mullet of six points within a Circlet of six of the same all appointé Argent each entoured with regular Hexagons conjoined Azure.

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To the reader

These well-meaning “airy nothings” and multifarious digressions will hold little of interest for some, although others' tastes may differ. Even so, no one should confuse sometimes flippant yet otherwise solemn commonplaces with scholarly discourse: what follows here is plainly not an exegesis of English heraldry. If that is your object, these could be helpful:


Copyright © 2006, 2010 Alan Geal