The Biography of William Shakespeare
- What did the William Shakespeare family Coat of Arms look like? The Rules of Heraldry
- When was the Coat-of-Arms authorised and by whom?
- What did the Coat-of-Arms mean to the family?
- Interesting information about the family, life and times of William Shakespeare
PERMISSION TO DISPLAY A COAT OF ARMS
- The Shakespeare family made an application for the right to bear a Coat of Arms
- The application cost 30 guineas
- On October 20, 1596 permission from the Garter King of Arms was granted
- John Shakespeare, and his children, had permission to display a coat-of-arms
- The Shakespeare's were entitled to put "gentleman" after their name and the coat-of-arms could be displayed on their door and all their personal items
An approximation of the
William Shakespeare family Coat-of-Arms
DESCRIPTION OF THE COAT OF ARMS
- The description of the Coat of Arms grant to the Shakespeare family was as follows:
- 'Gold, on a bend (diagonal bar) sable (black), a spear of the first (i.e. gold), steeled argent (with a silver tip); and for his crest... a falcon his wings displayed argent (silver), standing on a wreath of his colours supporting a spear gold, steeled as aforesaid, (i.e. silver) set upon a helmet with mantles and tassles'
- The motto was "Non sanz droict" or "Not without right"
- The actual design of the crest design would have not formed part of the Heraldic Documentation
- The Shakespeare family would have given the description and Heraldic Documentation to a designer
- The designer would have then made an interpretation of the description and drawn a crest
- The original crest design is not in existence so there are various interpretations of the Shakespeare Coat of Arms
- The image shown on this page is an interpretation of the description of the Coat of Arms designed by william-shakespeare.info - it should not be viewed as a factual representation