Arms of Ilbert de Lacy

de Lacy

(1040?-1093?), Lord of Pontefract and Baron of Blackburnshire 1072-1093?

From p122 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Per quarterly or and gules a bend sable and a label of three points argent

Ferne is more than willing to heap effusive praise on the Lacys via their arms. First, he claims that per quarterly is the superior division of arms, due to its resemblance to the Christian cross; then, he insists that the combination of or and gules (or Sol and Mars according to the planetary system of tinctures) represents martial prowess tempered by “constancy and faithfulnesse” (101). Finally, he asserts that the sable of the bend represents the mourning of the bearer’s enemies, which seems like a stretch.

Arms of Lacy and Longspée

Lacy and Longspee

Arms of Henry Lacy, Earl of Lincoln and Salisbury and Margaret Longspée

From p95 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Per pale baron and femme per quarterly or and gules a bend sable overall a label of three points argent and gules and  azure six lioncels or

Ferne seems to be giving Lacy his grandfather’s arms, but there is ample evidence, including from contemporary sources, that Lacy actually used the arms or a lion rampant purpre.

Arms of Lacy and Quincy

Lacy and Quincy

Arms of John de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln 1232-1240 (1192-1240) and Margaret de Quincy, Countess of Lincoln 1232-1266 (c. 1206-1266)

From p43 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Per pale baron and femme; the first per quarterly or and gules a bend sable overall a label of three points argent, the second gules six mascles 3, 3, and 1 or

Legendary arms of Joanna of Naples

Joanna of Naples

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586) p222.

Blazon:  Per pale azure semé de lis or, a label of three points gules (Naples) and barry of eight argent and gules (Hungary ancien).

Unusually, Joanna bears her paternal arms on the dexter side of the shield, which was generally reserved for their husbands’ arms. The sinister side shows the arms of her first husband, Andrew, Duke of Calabria