Arms of Melilla, Spain

Blazon: Azure two baskets in pale chequy gules and or, each containing fourteen demi-serprents proper, all within a bordure compony of gules a castle triple-towered or, windowed azure (Castile) and argent a lion rampant gules, crowned or (León)

Crest: Issuant from a crown proper, a tower or windowed azure; issuant therefrom a knight proper, armored argent, robed gules, in the dexter hand a dagger proper

Supporters: Two columns entwined by a banner argent ensigned with the motto “Non Plus Ultra” sable

Motto: Praeferre Patriam Liberis Parentem Decet (“It is good for a parent to put his fatherland before his children.”)


From The Grammar of Heraldry by Samuel Kent

1. Joseph Hayn of the Middle-Temple, argent a chevron gules between three martlets or

2. John Hilton of Gloucestershire, per quarterly I and IV argent two bars azure, II or six annulets gules, 3, 2, and 1; III argent three daggers diverse argent