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Viscount Rochdale Family Coat of Arms

A Coronet of a Viscount

Motto

Lucem Spero
I hope for light that

Creations

Baronet (UK) 14th February 1913
Viscount (UK) 20th January 1960

Arms

Argent a Chevron engrailed Gules between two estoiles in chief Azure and a Rose of the second in base barbed and seeded proper

Crest

A Cubit Arm erect vested Argent cuffed Azure the Hand proper grasping a Chaplet Vert encircling a Rose as in the Arms

Supporters

On either side, a Ram or charged on the shoulder with a Rose Gules slipped
and leaved proper

Definitions of Heraldic terms

A coat of arms signifies armorial bearings. These are a unique heraldic design on a shield which is the central element of the full design which consists of a shield, supporters, crest, and motto. There are various ways of acquiring arms.One method is the arms of Family which are hereditary. They are passed onto the descendants of the first bearer. Many of the terms used to describe elements within a coat of arms are believed to have originated from French, Arabic and Latin.

Arms

Argent: indicates the colour Silver and is generally represented by the natural colour of the paper/white

Chevron: are the bars across the shield

Engrailed: : refers to the edge of a border (in this case, the bars), which has small semi-circular indents

Gules: indicates the colour red

Estoiles: are a star and are usually made up of six wavy points

Azure: indicates the colour red.

Rose: the heraldic rose has five petals, representing the wild rose

Barbed and seeded proper: indicates that the seeds and the barbs are different colours

Crest

Crest: is an object which was fitted to the top of the helmet of commanders in order to distinguish them in battle

A cubit arm erect: the human arm is often in a crest.Its positioning will be described, in this case vertical (erect) and being cut at the elbow is known as a cubit-arm.

Argent: indicates the colour Silver and is generally represented in by the natural colour of the paper/white

Cuffed: means the arm has a sleeve, of which the cuff is of another colour

Azure: indicates the colour blue

The hand proper grasping: the word proper indicates the item being referred to will be in its natural colour

Chaplet vert: chaplet is a garland of leaves.Therefore, in this case, a Chaplet Vert is a green garland

Rose as in the arms: the heraldic rose has five lobes of similar shape, five barbs, and a central seed in a circle

Supporters

Supporters: refers to animals which are placed as supports on either side of the shield

Ram: is often depicted in both the arms of the both the English and the French

Or charged on the shoulder: charged signifies resting on

Rose Gules: gules indicates the colour red.

Slipped and leaved proper: proper indicates the item being referred to will be in its natural colour