All elements of true Coat of Arms have symbolic meaning and these need some explanation.
The elements included in this shield are termed Ordinaries i.e.do not include animals or other images.
The Plain white background of the shield (escutcheon) probably refers to the ‘common’ status of the holder. Originally this was represented as Silver (Argent in heraldry terms) and generally symbolize the Moon, Peace and Sincerity. In practical use white was commonly used as a substitute.
The red bar running horizontally across the shield can be correctly termed The Fess as it lays mid-way down the centre line and cross the centre point known as the Fess Point. It is symbolic of a military belt or girdle of honour; representing readiness to serve the public. It is the most natural form to be produced in the construction of a shield, though fanciful heralds find an origin for it in the military girdle. It should occupy, according to heraldic rule, one third of the height of the escutcheon, However one fifth (or less) is more common when the shield includes other elements.
The colour red signifies Warrior or martyr; Military strength and magnanimity
The Annulets (Rings) signify Fidelity and would be referred as a charge charge. The greater number of annulets the more importance is inferred and indicate the closeness to the Crown.
The Coat of Arms featured above was personally presented to Thomas (Houchon) Lucas by Henry VII.
Thomas was born at Saxham Parva West Suffolk in 1460 . During his life he served the king as solicitor General and acquired substantial wealth, several houses and estates throughout East Anglia. He died in 1531.
From the descriptions above we can draw some conclusions and assumptions.
It was widely accepted that Thomas was not from aristocracy
(a Commoner) He was however extremely close to the King’.
We know that Henry came to the throne by defeating Richard III at the battle of Bosworth Field to become the first Tudor King. He was noted for his undermining of the power of the nobility, thus preferring to promoting others to major posts.
As implied by the military nature of the Coat of Arms, did Thomas fight for the King on the battle field or did he just enforce the Kings will at Court ? I don’t think we will ever know.
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