Blazon: Argent three bars azure surmounted by a bend gules bezanté
The full name appears to be Richard de Grey; some sources assert he was “Lord of Ore,” but I’m not entirely sure where that is. It’s possible that “Ore” is a corruption of Codnor Castle, the ancient seat of the family. Richard’s son Henry was later recorded as the first Baron Grey of Codnor. At some point, Richard or his son dropped the bend recorded here, and the arms changed to barry of six argent and azure.
Arms of Willem de Bodiham from the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)
Blazon: Argent a bordure gules bezanté
TheBodham family appears to have been located in Norfolk since at least the early eleventh through the fourteenth centuries. Someone named Ralph held the manor of Bodham underHugh de Montfort, thereby giving the family its name. There is another Bodham family, first recorded in 1550, but it is unclear whether they are related to the previous family. The newer line bears argent on a cross gules five molets or.
Arms of Alan la Zouche (1205-1270) and Ellen de Quincy (?-1296)
From p81 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)
Blazon: Per pale baron and femme gules thirteen bezants 4, 3, 3, 2, and 1 and a canton ermine and gules seven mascles conjoined or 3, 3, and 1
The la Zouche arms have virtually always involved some number of bezants, but how many depends greatly on the source. The most common is probably ten in pile or 4, 3, 2, and 1, but thirteen or fourteen also occur, and some authorities simply describe them as bezanté, or deliberately unspecified.
Arms in use since 1606; no date known for the rest of the achievement
Blazon: Azure a representation of the Sword of St. Edmundsbury Borough Council in its scabbard proper between in fess two pairs of arrows in saltire argent each pair enfiled by an ancient crown or
Crest: On a wreath of the colors upon a grassy mount a wolf sejant proper dexter paw upon a king’s head couped at the neck also proper crowned or
Supporters: On the dexter a lion rampant chevronelly or and gules charged on the shoulder with a roundel gules fretty or, on the sinister an ounce* sable bezanté collared compony counter-compony argent and azure and charged on the shoulder with a roundel or fretty sable
Mantling: Gules lined argent
Motto: Sacrarium regis cunabula legis (Shrine of the king, cradle of the law)