Arms of Robert de Beaumont

de Beaumont

First Earl of Leicester and Count of Meulan (1040/1050 – 1118)

From p80 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Gules a cinquefoil ermine

Robert de Beaumont accompanied William of Normandy into England. He was created the first Earl of Leicester by Henry I in 1107. Ferne holds him in very high regard, particularly for his anti-Papal stance during the Investiture Controversy. As for his arms, Ferne states that “This Cinquefoil Ermine in a field of Mars portendeth the first bearer thereof to have merited honor, as well by the exercise of chivalry and war, as by the proof and excellency of his wisdom.” (72)

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