Arms of Vellberg, Germany

Vellberg

Granted 1936

Blazon: Azure a sinister wing argent and a canton or

There are records of a Vellberg family dating back to 1102, but the line died out in 1592, and Schwäbisch Hall purchased the city in 1595.

 

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

Carrizosa

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

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.