Arms of Castellar de Santiago, Spain

Castellar de Santiago

Granted 1990

Blazon: Per pale argent a cross of Santiago gules and azure on a base proper a castle triple-towered or, all within a bordure of the second charged with eight castles triple-towered of the fourth windowed of the third

The castle that appears in the arms and gives the town its name is at least 800 years old, probably older. The settlement that eventually became Castellar de Santiago may have begun in the fortress once it was no longer used for defensive purposes.

Arms of de Quincy and de Beaumont

Quincy and Beaumont

Arms of Saer de Quincy, Earl of Winchester and (1170 – 1219) and Margaret de Beaumont (unknown)

From p81 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Per pale baron and femme gules seven mascles 3, 3, and 1 or and gules a cinquefoile ermine

Since Saer de Quincy married one of the two heiresses of the de Beaumont family, he was entitled to bear the arms of the Beaumonts marshalled with his own. (Margaret’s brother, Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Leicester, died in 1204.) However, since Margaret was the younger sister, the title Earl of Leicester passed to her older sister’s husband.

Arms of Carrizosa, Spain


Granted 1976

Blazon: Per fess argent a cross of Santiago gules and or issuant from water in base barry wavy azure and the first seven reeds vert

The cross of Santiago probably refers to the multiple conquests of the town by the Order of Santiago – once in 1186 and again in 1212. The Order was later granted the area around the town in 1243, before it was later given to Pedro Díaz de Monsalve in 1387. The reeds (or carrizos in Spanish) are drawn from the name of the town.

Arms of the borough of Greenwich


London, England

Granted 1965

Blazon: Per chevron argent and gules in chief an hourglass proper between two estoiles of six points azure, in base three cannon barrels erect palewise proper, each charged on the breech with a lion’s face or

Motto: We govern by serving

The hourglass and estoiles refer to the Greenwich Observatory, and the cannon barrels to the Royal Arsenal.

Arms of Rodrigo Borgia

Rodrigo Borgia

Later Pope Alexander VI (1421-1503)

Blazon: Per pale or a bull passant gules on a base vert within a bordure of the field charged with eight flames of the last and barry of six or and gules*

Rodrigo used these arms at least since his election to the papacy; he may have taken that opportunity to add to his family’s traditional arms. I cannot find any record of the origin of the sinister arms, though several other later Borgias used them as well. They may be a reference to the arms of Aragon, where he was born.

*Also seen as sable

Arms of Calzada de Calatrava, Spain

Calzada de Calatrava

In use since at least 2013; most likely granted after 2003

Blazon: Per pale azure on a mount in base proper a path argent leading to a castle triple-towered or and of the second a cross of Calatrava gules

The castle in the arms probably refers to the Castillo de Salvatierra, a local fortress built by the Romans and later used by the Muslims during Reconquista. It is mostly destroyed today.