Our Viscount may not wear any coronet (for he is called noble, but he may not be said princely).

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p133


At the first, it was merely an office of deputation… But when as that, the office of an Earl, was erected to a dignity and appointed to follow the blood of him which possessed it: then also, the title and name, of Viscount, was joined as a dignity for the posterity to inherit, and discerned, as a special degree of gentleness and

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p133