Shakespeare Coat-of-Arms

Shakespeare
Coat-of-Arms

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

An approximation of the
William Shakespeare family Coat-of-Arms

 

Shakespeare Coat-of-Arms

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

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

Shakespeare Coat-of-Arms

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