The Paston Book of Arms

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Per pale Gules and Argent a cross engrailed Gules between four water-bougets Sable (Bourchier)

Per pale quarterly Gules and Or in dexter chief a mullet pierced Argent (de Vere) and Gules a bend between six crosslets fitchy Argent (Howard).

Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston).

Per pale Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston) and Argent a chevron between three bears’ heads couped Sable muzzled Or (Barry).

Per pale Argent a fess in chief two crescents Gules (Wachesham) and Azure a lion rampant guardant Or (Hetherset).

Per pale Sable a fess between two chevrons Or (Baynard/Gerbrigg) and Argent a fesse Gules charged with three coronets Or (Crowne).

Per pale chequy Or and Gules a bend Ermine (Clifton) and Or seme-de-lys Sable (Mortimer).

Per pale Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston) and Or a chevron charged with three pellets between as many wolves’ heads erased Gules (Somerton).

Per pale Argent a chevron between three bears’ heads couped Sable muzzled Or (Barry) and Argent a fess in chief two crescents Gules (Wachesham).

Chequy Argent and Gules (Mouncey).

Gules an escutcheon within an orle or martlets Argent (Reedham).

Per pale Azure and Gules overall a cross engrailed Ermine (Berney).

Per pale Azure three garbs Or (Reedham) and Gules a chevron between three eagles displayed Argent (Caston).

Per pale Argent a chief indented Or (Paston) and Azure a cross Or (Mautby).

Per pale Azure a cross Or (Mautby) and Gules a fess between six martlets Or (Beauchamp).

Sable a bend Argent cotticed dancette Or (Clopton).

Per pale Argent a fess Sable between three crescents Gules (Pateshull) and paly of eight Azure and Argent a bend Gules charged with three eagles displayed Or (Gransun).

Per pale Azure a cross Or (Mautby) and Gules billetty Or a fess Argent (Lovain).

Per pale Or and Gules overall a lion passant Argent (Plaiz).

Per pale Argent a fess Azure (Clere) and Ermine on a chief Gules four fusils in fess Argent each charged with a billet Azure (Gerbrigg).

Per pale Argent a chevron between three bears’ heads couped Sable (Barry) and Argent a chief indented Gules (Hengrave).

Per pale Argent a chevron between three bears’ heads couped Sable muzzled Or (Barry) and Argent a fess between six crosslets fitchy Gules (Crane).

Gules a saltire engrailed Argent (Kerdeston).

Per pale Gules three round buckles (erased) (Roscelin/Catisfield) and Gules on a chief two pierced mullets (erased) (Bacon).

Per pale quarterly Or and Gules a border engrailed Sable charged with escallops Argent (Henningham) and Argent a bend Azure (Gissing).

Per pale Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston) and Azure an escutcheon within a border of martlets Or (Walcot).

Per pale Azure a cross Or (Mautby) and chequy Or and Gules a bend Ermine (Clifton).

Quarterly Or and Gules a bendlet Sable (Burgillon).

Gules three bars-gemels Or on a canton Argent five billets (Inglose/FitzOsborne).

Gules six lozenges conjoined in bend Or (M

Per pale Argent a chevron between three bears’ heads couped Sable muzzled Or (Barry) and Sable a fess between two chevrons Or (Gerbrigg).

Per pale Argent a chief indented Or (Paston) and Argent a fess Azure (Clere).

Per pale Argent a chevron Gules charged with three fleur-de-lys Or (Pever) and Argent three lions rampant Gules (Belhus/Yelverton).

Azure a chief indented Or (Glanville).

Gules a cross Argent charged with five mascles Sable.

Chequy Or and Azure a fess Argent (Calthorp).

Gules a bend chequy Or and Azure between six crosslets (erased) (Ormesby).

Per pale Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston) and Sable an escutcheon within a border of martlets Or (Begevile).

Or a lion salient (erased) (Felbrigg).

Quarterly Or and Azure a bend Gules charged with three crosslets Or (Fastolf).

Gules, a chevron between three boars’ heads couped Argent, with a bordure engrailed of the second (White)

Per pale quarterly Sable and Argent a bend Gules charged with three mullets Argent (Clippesby) and Argent three arming-buckles Gules (Jerningham).

Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston).

Azure a cinquefoil Ermine a border engrailed Or (Astley).

Gules six hands couped Argent (Wauncy/Talbot).

Argent six chess-rooks Sable 3 2 1 overall a mullet Sable (Rookwood).

Argent two bars a canton Gules overall a bendlet Sable (Bois).

Per pale Vert two chevrons Argent each charged with three cinquefoils Gules (Swanton) and Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston).

Sable a bend Ermine cotticed dancette Or (Clopton).

Sable three martlets Argent (Naunton).

Gules a chief Ermine (Watshull/Narburgh).

Per pale Gules a cross flory Argent (Walsham) and per fess Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston) and Vert two chevrons Argent each charged with three cinquefoils Gules (Swanton).

Azure three boars passant Or (Bacon).

Azure a fess between two chevrons Or (de Grey).

Quarterly Argent and Azure a bend Sable charged with three martlets Or (Le Grose).

Per pale Argent three arming-buckles Or (Gunton) and Azure an escutcheon within a border of martlets Argent (Walcot).

Gules a cross Argent, within a bordure engrailed Or (Carbonel)

Per pale Argent a chevron Azure charged with a plate between three squirrels sejeant Gules (Lovell) and per fess Gules a cross flory Argent (Walsham) and Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston).

Azure three griffons passant Or beaked and armed Gules (Wythe).

Per pale Gules a saltire engrailed Argent (Kerdeston) and Azure a fess Or charged with a leopard’s face caboshed (erased) (Pole).

Per pale Argent a fess Azure charged with three eagles displayed Or (Clere) and Argent a lion Gules a bendlet Sable (Braunch).

Or three pallets Gules a chief Ermine.

Per pale Gules a saltire engrailed Argent (Kerdeston) and Argent a lion rampant Sable crowned Or (Segrave).

Per pale Gules a saltire engrailed Argent (Kerdeston) and Argent a lion rampant Sable crowned Or (Segrave).

Argent a chevron Azure between three escallops Sable (Littleton).

Per pale quarterly Gules and Argent in dexter chief an eagle displayed Or (Phillip) and per fess Azure three cinquefoils Or (Bardolph) and Vert an escutcheon within a border of martlets Argent (Erpingham).

Per pale Argent a fess Azure three eagles displayed Or (Clere) and Argent a cross moline Gules (Uvedale).

Argent a bend between six crosslets fitchy Sable (Tye).

Per pale Or and Vert overall a cross moline Gules (Ingham).

Per pale Vert and Or overall a lion rampant Gules (Bigod).

Quarterly of twelve: i. Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston), ii. Or a chevron charged with three pellets between as many wolves’ heads erased Gules (Somerton), iii. Azure an escutcheon within a border of martlets Argent (Walcot), iv. Argent a chevron between three bears’ heads couped Sable muzzled Or (Barry), v. Sable a fess between two chevrons Or (Gerbrigg), vi. Argent a chief indented Gules (Hengrave), vii. per pale Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston) and Sable an escutcheon within a border of martlets Or (Begevile), viii. Argent a fess Azure three eagles displayed Or (Clere), ix. Azure a chief indented Or (Glanville), x. Or a fess between two chevrons Sable (Walpole), xi, Gules a saltire engrailed Argent (Kerdeston), xii. Azure a fess between three leopards’ faces caboshed Or (Pole).

Gules a chevron Argent charged with three roses (two erased) (Knollys).

Per pale quarterly barry Or and Vert a bendlet Gules (Poinings) and Gules three lions passant Argent (Gifford) and quarterly Argent six fleur-de-lys 3 2 1 Azure a chief indented Or (Paston) and Argent a chevron between three bears’ heads couped Sable muzzled Or (Barry).

One of the fascinating documents among the Paston Letters is a book which has traditionally, though not necessarily correctly, been attributed to Friar Brackley. The first part consists of a series of coats of arms of friends, relatives and associates of the Paston family. On the latter pages are notes on French grammar, probably made by a young William Paston (1436-1496) while at the University of Cambridge. He may in fact have been the artist of the shields, and with the rarity and expense of paper, decided to use some pages for his notes.

The original book is held at the Norfolk Record Office and can be located at Rye 38.