Blazon: Per quarterly I gules a castle triple-towered or windowed azure (Castile); II argent a lion rampant gules, armed, langued, and crowned or (Léon); III argent a cross of Calatrava gules; IV gules two hammers in saltire or; overall in an escutcheon azure three fleurs-de-lis or within a bordure gules(Anjou moderne)
The hammers are likely a reference to the importance of mining in the town’s history. Almadén was a major source of mercury and cinnabar since Roman times. Carlos III established an Academy of Mining in the region in 1777. The name of the town is derived from the Arabic “hisn al-ma’din”, or “fort of the mine.” The cross probably reflects Alfonso VII’s grant of the region to the Order of Calatrava in 1168.
Blazon: Barry wavy of six argent and azure on a chief gules a peacock in his pride proper between a fleur-de-lis on the dexter and a lion passant guardant on the sinister or
Crest: On a wreath argent and azure a morfex* argent beaked sable holding in its beak an eel proper
Supporters: On the dexter, an otter, on the sinister a beaver, all proper
Mantling: Gules lined argent
Motto: Deo fretus erumpe (Trust God and sally)
*The actual identity of this bird is unclear; this spelling does not reliably occur anywhere else. Possibilities include a moorhen, a martlet, a heron, a cormorant, or a grouse. (Campbell, Jillian, and Mike Cox. Secret Newark. Amberly Publishing Limited, 2015. Google Book Search. Web. 10 July 2016.)
Blazon: Or a pale azure, issuant from the dexter side of the pale and the sinister side of the escutcheon two fleurs-de-lis, and another into the sinister side of the
ordinary, all in saltire and counterchanged
This was a tricky coat to blazon, and I’m still not sure that it’s either as clear or as accurate as it could be. The Dunningen post from last week notwithstanding, it’s not common to see charges issuing from partition lines, so there’s not really an accepted way to describe it. I think that’s a shame, since it’s very visually appealing, especially combined with counterchanging.
Marquis of Mortemart 1643-1663, duke of Mortemart 1663-1675 (1600-1675)
Blazon: Party of eight I gules a crescent vair (Maure), II azure three fleurs-de-lis or surmounted by a bendlet couped gules (Bourbon), III gules nine mascles 3, 3, and 3 or (Rohan), IV barry of ten argent and azure, three chevronels gules (La Rochefoucauld); V argent a serpent nowed azure, crowned or, and devouring a child gules (Milan), VI gules a chain in saltire, cross, and orle or, charged with a center point vert (Navarre), VII gules a pale vair (des Cars), VIII ermine (Bretagne); overall in the fess point an escutcheon barry nebuly of six argent and gules (Rochechouart)