Arms of Robert le Poer


From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Azure three boars’ heads couped or

The Poers or Pohers seem to be closely associated with Ireland. This family may have been the same one that was granted the city and county of Waterford in 1177.

According to some of the research I dug up, the last name “Poer” is apparently derived from “the Poor,” so kudos to whatever medieval ancestors went from being so broke it became part of their name to being wealthy and/or kickass enough for a knighthood and a coat of arms. I know it probably didn’t happen in one generation, but I like to think it did. I like to think of that first Poor coming back from battle, boars’ heads painted on his shield, and daring anyone to call him stone broke. Actually, now that I type it out, “boar” and “poor” sound close enough that these arms might be a pun (assuming that the medieval English pronounced those words the same way we do. Okay, it’s a stretch.)


Arms of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, England

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Granted 1974

Blazon: Per pale indented argent and gules, on a chief or three torteaux, the center charged with a cinquefoil pierced ermine, the others charged with a mascle of the third

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a dragon gules preying on a boar passant argent

Supporters: On either side a ram reguardant sable, armed or

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Post proelia concordia (After the battle, peace)

Arms of Great Dunmow Town Council, England

Great Dunmow

Granted 1956

Blazon: Gules on a chevron between in chief two fleurs-de-lis and in base a lion rampant or bearing in the dexter forepaw a civic mace argent, a pomegranate slipped, leaved, and seeded proper between two mascles chevronwise of the field

Crest: On a wreath of the colors on a woolpack proper a boar passant azure armed, ungled, and charged on the flank with three crescents two and one or, holding in the mouth three stalks of barley and a spray of hops also proper

Mantling: Gules lined or

Motto: May Dunmow prosper

Arms of Braintree District Council, England

Granted 1974

Blazon: Gules on a pale or between two seaxes palewise points upward addorsed argent hilted and pommeled of the second two lioncels azure; overall a on a fess wavy argent another sable

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a garb or surmounted by a mount vert, thereupon a boar passant azure crined and unguled of the second supporting with the dexter forehoof a Maltese Cross gules

Supporters: Two lions sable, armed and langued gules, each gorged with a riband argent pendent therefrom by a ring a molet of the last surmounted by a pentagon or fimbriated and charged with a fleur-de-lis vert and holding in the mouth a shuttle erect threaded proper.

Mantling: Gules lined or

Motto: By wisdom and foresight