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

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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
nobility.

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