Saturday, 16 November 2013

On Augmentations in Period - Part III: A Badge Upon The Canton

The next in the set of augmentations shown in the 1611 Display of Heraldrie is of the form accepted in the SCA as standard, being a charged canton, but in this case, a canton charged with a badge of the Sovereign, rather than the royal arms.
He beareth Azure, the Wheele of a Watermill Or. This was the Coat-armour of that worthy Gentleman, Nicolas de Moline, a noble Senator of the Magnificent State of Venice, who being imployed by the most Noble Duke and the State in Abassage to the sacred Maiesty of our dread Soveraigne, King Iames, upon acceptable service by him performed both to his Maiestie and to the said State, it pleased his Highnesse not only graciously to remunerate him with the dignity of Knighthood in an honourable assembly of many noble Peeres, Ladies, Knights, and Gentlemen ; but also for a further honour by his Highnesse Letters Patents under his great Seale of England, to ennoblish the Coat-armour of the said Nicolas de Moline, by way of augmentation, with a Canton Argent, the Charge whereof doth participate of the Royall Badges of the severall Kingdomes of England and Scotland, viz. of the Red Rose of England, and Thistle of Scotland, conioined Palewaies
Also quite interesting is the fact that this augmentation was granted by the King of England to a foreigner under his employ, not just to a subject.

The use of the royal badge of England and Scotland here gives good credence to the prospect of using the populace badge of a Kingdom of the Society, as they follow most closely in that practice.

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