MUMBY COAT OF ARMS
The Mumby coat of arms as given in BURKE'S GENERAL ARMORY,
Third edition published in 1844 gives the following description:
MUMBY (County of Lincolnshire)
Or., fretty az.; on a canton gu. a cross pattee, ar.
MUMBY the same arms. Crest: On a Ducal cornet a lion sejant ppr.
In more modern english intrepretation this can be descriped as follows: Or. (gold) fretty (fretted with) az. (azure);
on a canton (rectangular quarter of shield) gu. (red) a cross pattee (a cross with four arms of equal length, the outer ends of cross curving outward) ar. (silver).
The description of the Mumby crest would be: a lion sejant (seated) ppr. (proper- in natural colors).
There is a significent meaning to the Mumby coat of arms.
It was one time an emblem of recognition so that other knights
might recognize the individual when fully clothed in armour.
The use of coat of arms became popular during the twelfth century for this reason.
They were emblazoned on shields of arms and became known as "armorial bearings".
From these uses sprang the "heralds" and the art of "heraldry".
The heralds duty was to arrange the turnaments between knights
and to keep scrore and also to proclaim the victor.
Heralds found the use of "arms" useful in recognizing participants in a tournament.
This resulted in the heralds becoming the undisputed experts on armorial markings.
The Mumby arms can be broken down into several different and distinct divisions, these are:
1. The coat-of-arms
2.The helm and the crest.
The Mumby "helm" denotes the rank of peerage
for it shows the helm (head gear)
barred and set sideways above the shield.
It would be of silver decorated with gold.
The use of helms came into general use during the seventeenth century.
During medieval times there were no particular rules regarding them.
The crest consists of a "coronet" and showed the rank of the peer.
The Mumby coronet was a Duke's coronet.
It is shown in heraldic drawings with a silver-gilt rim chased as jewelled
set with eight strawberry leaves, of these leaves only five are shown.
From the very beginning of the use of arms the lion was the most frequently used,
simply because it represented strength and courage and was the king of beasts.
The "lion sejant" is the crest of the Mumby arms.
A crest was a distinctive ornament placed and displayed along with the shield for recognition purpose.
It was in most cases simply symbolic
since it would be of course to heavy to have been worn above the helm,
especially if the wearer was in battle.
The Mumby coat of arms was granted to the family of
William Mumby by King Henry in the year 1529.
The Mumbee family motto
"faut e^tre" or "It Must Be"
Today the Mumby coat of arms is representative of the general Mumby family as a whole.
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