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Posted on 10/11/2013

Certain coats of arms fall into the category of augmentations of honour. Some arms will have been directly awarded, in the case of English heraldry, by the Monarch of the day. The arms of the Dodge family is said to have been directly granted by King Edward I for services rendered to his army (feeding them it appears). The arms contain the unusual heraldic charge of a woman’s breast distilling drops of milk. Edward III granted an arm to Sir John de Pelham for the victory at the Battle of Poitiers and the capture of the French King John. The arms contain buckles and ropes to signify the capture.

The Battle of Flodden Field in 1513 was won by the Earl of Surrey. The King augmented his arms by adding a “demi lion pierced in the mouth with an arrow, upon which are the arms of the Kingdom Of Scotland”….Meaning the arms borne by King James of Scotland.

Dr. Edward Lake fought bravely for the King at the Battle of Naseby and received no less than sixteen wounds. At the end of the battle he fought on with the bridle of the horse between his teeth! His arms were augmented to show a banner being held by an arm in armor. The banner was adorned with sixteen shields bearing the image of the English lion.

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