Heraldry Dictionary Section V
V. This letter is
used to express vert.
Vair. One of the
furs being party coloured ar. and az., and always so
understood, if not named to the contrary.
Vair Ancient. Represented
by lines nebulée, separated by straight lines in fesse.
Vair Counter, or Counter-Vair
or Vairy. Resembles Vair, but the escutcheons
are of like tincture immediately under each other.
Vair Cuppa or Vair Tassy.
Is the same as Potent Counter Potent.
Vair in Point. Formed
like vair, but with the bottom points of the shield,
falling on the centre of the flat tops of those beneath.
Vair Taffe. Same
Vair en Pal. The
same as Vair.
Vairee. The same
as Vair, with this difference that it may consist of
any number of colours, which must be expressed in the
blazon as Vaire erm., gu. and az. the Arms of Broase.
Vairy or Vaire.
Same as Vair.
as Potent Counter Potent.
Vallary Crown or Garland.
See Crown Vallary.
Valory Crown. Same
Vambraced, Vambrace, or Avant
bras. Vambrace is armour for the arm, entirely
covering it, but Avant bras, covering for the fore part
only. Vambraced implies that the whole limb is covered
Vamplate. A gauntlet,
or iron glove.
Vamplate, or Vamplet, of a
Tilting Spear. The broad piece of steel that
is placed at the lower part of tlie staff of the spear
for covering the hand.
Vamps or Vampays.
An odd kind of short hose, which came down no
lower than the ancles.
Vandyked. A term
applied to the cuff or collar of a dress when indented.
Vane or Van. A winnowing
Vane. A small flag.
so termed when depicted without ears.
with a variety of colours.
Varriated, Warriated or Variated.
It is also termed Champagne, cut in the form
Varry Cuppe. See
Varry or Varrey.
Same as Vair.
Varrey in Point.
The same as per-fesse Urdée in point palewise.
Varvells, Vervels or Wervels.
The rings attached to the ends of the jesses
of a hawk. See Jesses.
Varvelled or Vervelled.
Having rings at the ends of the jesses of a hawk.
Vase. See Chalice.
Veil. A cover.
Velloped. See Jelloped.
Venus. In blazoning
by planets, implies vert.
Venus. The astronomical
symbol of Venus is borne by Thoyts.
Verblee. A hunting
horn, edged round with metal of different tinctures
from the other part.
same as Harrington Knot.
Verdoy. An unnecessary
term used to denote a bordure charged with eight flowers,
leaves, fruit, or vegetables of any kind.
Vergette or Verget.
The same as an Endorse.
term for Paly.
Verrey or Verry.
The same as Vair.
Versant, Reclivant or Sursuant.
Erected, or Elevated.
Verse or Reverse.
Vert. Green; expressed
in engraving by diagonal lines, drawn from the dexter
chief to the sinister base. See Emerald, Sinople, and
Vertant and Revertant, or Verted
and Reverted. The same as Flexed and Reflexed;
i.e. formed like the letter S.
Verules, Vires, Ferruls or
Ferrils. Rings of metal.
Veruled or Ferruled.
Terms used to express the ornamental rings round
hunting horns, etc.
when the leather thongs which tie on the bells to their
legs are borne flotant, with rings at the ends, are
said to be jessed, belled, and vervelled.
Vervels or Wervels.
Small rings used by Falconers, and to which the
jesses of the hawk are fastened.
Vestu. When an ordinary
has some division on it only by lines, and signifies
clothed, as if some garment were laid upon it.
Vexillum. See Banderole.
Victoria and Albert, The Royal
Order of. This Order was Instituted 10th
February, 1803. Enlarged 10th October, 1864; 15th November,
1865 ; and 15th March, 1880.
The Imperial Order of the Crown
of India. Instituted 1st January, 1878, to
commemorate the assumption of Her Majesty's Imperial
title of Empress of India. These two Orders are confined
to Ladies, the Members are entitled to no special precedence.
V.C. A Military and Naval Badge is a bronze cross, with
the Royal Crest in the centre, and underneath which
an escroll with the motto "For Valour," Instituted by
Queen Victoria, 8th Feb., 1856. It is the decoration
of Eminent personal valour, in actual conflict with
the enemy. The Cross is suspended by a Blue ribbon,
if worn by a Sailor and a Red ribbon if by a Soldier.
The date of the act of bravery is inscribed on the centra
of the reverse with the name and date of the Action
or Campaign in which the honour was won. On the reverse
side of the Bar to which the ribbon is attached the
Rank and Name of the Recipient is engraved. For every
fresh act of bravery equal to the first, an additional
Bar is granted. A Pension of £10 per annum is bestowed
upon non-commissioned officers, and men who recieve
the Cross; and a further pension of £5 a year is given
with each Bar. By Warrant, bearing date Dec. 13th ,
1858 it was declared that Non-Military persons, who,
as Volunteers, had borne arms against the Mutineers
in India should be considered eligible to receive the
decoration of the Victoria Cross.
to the cat when borne in a position as if upon the watch
Vilainie. A lion
sans vilainie is the upper half of a lion rampant, by
which the hinder part is to be understood by the word
vilainie, as being in the base point.
Viola. The tenor
violin and violoncello.
Violin. As borne
in the Arms of Sweeting.
Viper or Vipera.
Vires. See Verules.
Virole. The ring
or mouth-piece of the bugle-horn.
Virolled. See Veruled.
Virols. The rings
which commonly encircle bugle-horns.
Visard or Vizard.
A mask, borne by the name of Vizard.
title next to an Earl. A Viscount is Right Honourable,
and is styled "My Lord." His sons and daughters are
Clarenceux and Norroy Kings of Arms were empowered by
their commission to hold Visitations in their respective
provinces, either personally or by deputy. Accordingly
they were accustomed to issue notices to the bailiffs
of the different hundreds in each county, warning them
to summon the Knights, Esquires, and Gentlemen resident
therein to appear before the King of Arms or his Deputy
at the time and place by him appointed. They were to
bring with them such Arms and Crests as they used and
wore, with their descents, pedigrees, and patent of
Arms, and the necessary evidence to justify them; in
order that the King of Arms might duly record them if
found correct; or on the other hand, to reject, and
degrade all such persons as falsely, and without good
reason had taken the title of Esquire and Gentleman
upon them, and cause their names to be proclaimed as
infamous at the Assize of Arms, or General Session,
held by him at some central place in his province. Those
who failed to answer to this summons were warned to
appear personally, on a day specified, before the Earl
Marshal, under a penalty of ten pounds. In case of a
petition to the Earl Marshal for a grant of Arms, an
order was directed by him to the King of Arms of the
province in which the petitioner resided, who accordingly
formed a fitting coat, which, with the sanction of the
Earl Marshal, was duly blazoned and registered at the
Visitation. The King of Arms also, during his progress,
might visit all Churches, Castles and Houses in his
province, and there pull down or deface any bearings
contrary to the laws of Arms which he might find. The
records of these Visitations are perhaps the most comprehensive
of all our repositories of genealogical information;
inasmuch as they contain an authoritative list of pedigrees,
and the exact blazon of each coat as it was issued or
confirmed by the Heralds. The original of these records
are for the most part in the College of Arms; but some
few of the originals, and copies of most of the others,
are to be found in the Library of the British Museum,
which is very rich in Heraldic M.S.S. The first Visitation
on record took place A.D. 1528, in Staffordshire, but
in the majority of the other counties they are not mentioned
till 1530. The last Visitation was held in Middlesex,
Visor. See Vizor.
Viure, Wiure or Wyer.
Vivre. A narrow
fillet dancette, and may be placed in fesse or otherwise.
Vizard. See Visard.
Vizor, Garde-Visure, Beaver
or Beauvoir. That part of the helmet which
defends the face, and which can be lifted up or put
down at pleasure.
Voided. A term applicable
to any ordinary when the middle is removed so that the
field is seen through it.
Voider or Voyder.
An ordinary resembling a flanch, but is not so
Vol. In blazon,
implies two wings conjoined. Demi Vol is a single wing.
Volant or Volans.
Flying about indiscriminately.
Volant en arriere and Volant
Tergiant, when flying, showing the back.
Volentes Volare or Assorant. Is said of buzzards,
or such like birds, with long legs, that are depicted
as if rising.
Voluted. Spirally curled.
Vomiting. Sending forth.
Vorant, Swallowing, Devouring, or Gorging.
Terms applied to animals, fish, etc., in the act
of swallowing anything.
Voyded. See Voided.
Voydes du Champs. Mascles.
Vulnerating. The same as Vulning.
Vulned. Wounded, and bleeding. When an animal
is wounded with an arrow, the arrow should not pierce
through the animal; the proper term in that case is
Vulning. A term
applied to the pelican, which is always depicted wounding
Vulture. A rapacious