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.
Azure semé of Mullets of six points appointé Argent.2
On … a Wreath Argent and Azure within a Circlet of Chain broken Argent an Eagle wings expanded Or grasping in the talons the Chain.
Azure doubled Argent.
Below the Arms:
CLARERE AUDERE GAUDERE
Be bright: be daring: be joyful.
Above the Crest:
ΖΗΤΕΙΝ ΤΗΝ ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑΝ
Seek the truth.
Within a Circlet of Chain sans the base link Argent an Eagle Or grasping in the talons the loose link broken also Argent.4
A Mullet of six points within a Circlet of six of the same all appointé Argent each entoured with regular Hexagons conjoined Azure.
These well-meant “airy nothings” and self-indulgent digressions will hold little of interest for many, although other 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, then these could be helpful: