Arms of Ralph Basset

Ralph Basset

From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Or four palets gules a canton ermine

In a delightfully convenient turn of events, the Ralph Basset featured on the Dering Roll is also fairly well-known, and the timelines line up perfectly. His father, also named Ralph, was also part of the Second Baron’s War on the losing side, and died at Evesham. Simon de Montfort had named the senior Ralph Baron of Drayton, and the title eventually passed, or was regranted, to this Ralph in 1295. This may or may not have had something to do with Ralph Jr.’s service as the governor of Edinburgh Castle under Edward I.

Some depictions of the Basset arms have paly of six or and gules instead, and by the time of this Ralph’s grandson (yet another Ralph, because why mess with a good thing?) towards the end of the fourteenth century, it looks like the arms had morphed into or three piles points meeting in base gules, a quarter ermine – but the visual similarity is still very strong.

Arms of Simon de Somery

de Somery

From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Azure fretty argent, on a canton or a fleur-de-lis gules

I can’t quite establish a historical presence for Simon de Somery; there does seem to have been someone by that name who was a pastor of Clent and studied abroad for three years in 1274. It’s unclear whether he was related to the de Somerys of Dudley Castle, though they apparently bore or two lions passant azure (or with the tinctures swapped; a lot of this is unclear).

Arms of la Zouche and de Quincy

Zouche and Quincy

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 of Ralph de Stopham


From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Argent three crescents and a canton gules

Ralph appears to have had possession of the manor and lordship of Stopham, which passed down through his family until his great-granddaughter Eva de Stopham married  William de Echingham. After her death, ownership of the manor is unclear, but it did ultimately end up with the Arundel family in the early fifteenth century.

Arms of Léon Potier

Duke of Gesvres and Tresmes 1670-1704 (1620-1704)

Blazon: Per quarterly I argent a lion rampant double-queued, armed, langued, and crowned or (Luxembourg); II azure between three fleurs-de-lis or a bendlet couped gules (Bourbon); III per pale, the first per quarterly i barry of eight gules and argent (Hungary ancien); ii azure seme des lis or, a label of three points gules (Naples); iii azure seme des lis or within a bordure gules (Anjou); iv azure a lion counter-rampant or crowned gules (Gueldre); the second per quarterly i argent a cross pate between four crosses or (Jerusalem); ii or four palets gules (Aragon); iii or a lion rampant sable, armed and langued gules (Juliers); iv azure seme des cross crosslets fitchy, two fish hauriant addorsed or (Bar); overall a label of three points gules, in the fess point an escutcheon or on a bend gules three alerions argent (Lorraine) (the entire quarter for Guise); IV gules a cross argent (Savoy); overall in the fess point an escutcheon azure, three dexter hands or surmounted by a canton chequy argent and the field (Poiter)