Thursday, May 30, 2024

Arms and Other Symbols in the Choir of York Minster, Part 3 of 3

Today is the last of our series of three posts on the heraldry and heraldry-like designs that appear in the choir of York Minster.

Scholarum de Cantu (the York Choir School), with the arms of St. George: Argent a cross gules.

Canonicus Laicus (lay canon), South Cave: Gules in pale three Saxon crowns or.

Stillington: Azure a cross recercely issuing from its base a pair of anchor flukes all or. Admittedly, the cross here appears to be copper-colored, but copper as an heraldic tincture only appears (so far) in the heraldry of Canada, not of England, so I went with the closest heraldic metal, gold.

2192: Ulleskelf: Sable a Maltese cross (?) azure and argent. Here again, as we had twice in my previous post, a cross that is not quite quarterly and not quite gyronny. Even after more research, I still don't know how to blazon its division. Still, it's pretty, if not quite heraldic.

Unnamed: Azure a crozier sable surmounted by a pallium or charged with four crosses paty fitchy sable. If the pallium were white instead of gold, this would be the See of York ancient? (or possibly the Archbishopric of Canterbury). As it is, I cannot make a firm identification for this design.

And finally, saving what may be the least traditionally heraldic for last, the Provincial Canon, or Canonicus Provincialis: Azure a fish leaping to sinister within the horns of a crescent of net bendwise sinister all argent. This design matches in style with some of the modern heraldic designs from Scandinavia and Greenland, but it's not traditional English heraldry by any stretch of the imagination. (Still, I was able to come up with a blazon for it, which is more than I can say for three of the crosses from today and last time!)

Until next time, enjoy!

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