Saint George's Day

General Heraldry subjects
User avatar
Arthur Radburn
Posts: 792
Joined: 11 Jul 2012, 09:56
Location: South Africa
Contact:

Saint George's Day

Postby Arthur Radburn » 23 Apr 2017, 16:03

Today, 23 April, is Saint George's Day. Images of Saint George, or his red cross, are well known in heraldry. Here are a few examples -- please feel free to add any others if you wish.

Image
From Russia : the saint and the dragon, in the arms of Moscow.

Image
The national arms of neighbouring Georgia.

Image
The arms of the Italian city of Genoa feature the cross alone. (The gold edging to the shield is an artistic detail and not part of the blazon).

Image
In England, with the addition of the sword of St Paul, the cross forms the arms of London.

Image
In South Africa, the cross can be found in the arms of the city of East London.

Image
Across the Atlantic, the Senate of North Carolina in the USA bears arms featuring the cross. There's another US state or legislature which has arms with escallops in the angles of the cross, but I cannot recall which it is.
Regards
Arthur Radburn
IAAH Vice-President : Heraldic Education

User avatar
Chris Green
Posts: 2736
Joined: 10 Jul 2012, 13:06
Location: Karlstad, Sweden

Re: Saint George's Day

Postby Chris Green » 23 Apr 2017, 19:39

Saint-George, a commune in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland:

Image
Chris Green
IAAH President

Apohypaton

User avatar
Chris Green
Posts: 2736
Joined: 10 Jul 2012, 13:06
Location: Karlstad, Sweden

Re: Saint George's Day

Postby Chris Green » 23 Apr 2017, 20:22

Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada:

Image

Arms : Argent a cross Gules in the first and fourth quarters a fer-de-moline Azure in the second and third quarters a flame Gules and over all an escutcheon Azure a cross Argent.
Crest: A demi horse Argent charged on the shoulder with a Latin cross Gules and issuant from a coronet composed of a circle Argent heightened with maple leaves Gules and fleurs-de-lis Azure set alternately.
Chris Green
IAAH President

Apohypaton

User avatar
Chris Green
Posts: 2736
Joined: 10 Jul 2012, 13:06
Location: Karlstad, Sweden

Re: Saint George's Day

Postby Chris Green » 24 Apr 2017, 08:53

The Honourable East India Company:

Image

Surely THE most royal arms ever granted to a commercial enterprise.
Chris Green
IAAH President

Apohypaton

User avatar
Torsten Laneryd
Posts: 94
Joined: 12 Sep 2012, 22:45
Location: Sweden

Re: Saint George's Day

Postby Torsten Laneryd » 24 Apr 2017, 10:30

From the Black Forest (Schwarzwald in Baden-Würtenberg, Germany)
The city of Freiburg im Breisgau:
Image
And its district Freiburg-Sankt Georgen:
Image
Their soccer team also uses the cross of Saint George.
Image
Last edited by Torsten Laneryd on 25 Apr 2017, 23:17, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
JMcMillan
Posts: 562
Joined: 13 Jul 2012, 22:33
Location: United States

Re: Saint George's Day

Postby JMcMillan » 25 Apr 2017, 14:58

The Colony and Dominion of Virginia, designed by Clarenceux Camden for the Virginia Company of London, 1619, but never granted before the company was dissolved; used by the colony itself until 1776; "devised" to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the English kings of arms, 1976.

Virginia Colony Color 564 px.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Last edited by JMcMillan on 25 Apr 2017, 15:10, edited 1 time in total.
Joseph McMillan
Alexandra, Virginia, USA

User avatar
JMcMillan
Posts: 562
Joined: 13 Jul 2012, 22:33
Location: United States

Re: Saint George's Day

Postby JMcMillan » 25 Apr 2017, 15:08

Arms granted by Garter Dethick in early 1587 to the planned "Citie of Ralegh in Virginia," better known to history as the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina. The roebuck comes from Sir Walter Raleigh's crest.

The painting is from a surviving copy of the grant in the manuscript collection of Queen's College, Oxford.

Ralegh grant cropped.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Joseph McMillan
Alexandra, Virginia, USA

User avatar
Chris Green
Posts: 2736
Joined: 10 Jul 2012, 13:06
Location: Karlstad, Sweden

Re: Saint George's Day

Postby Chris Green » 25 Apr 2017, 15:48

Sadly the most spectacular rendition of St George (aka St Göran) and the Dragon to be found in Sweden depicts the saint without a shield or surcoat:

Image

The wooden statue is to be found in Stockholm's storkyrka (great church) and dates from 1489. It was commissioned as a thanksgiving offering for the victory at the battle of Brunkeberg, donated by Sten Sture the elder, victor over King Christian I. The sub-text to this monumental work is that St George is really Sten Sture, the maiden represents Stockholm (or Sweden), and the dragon is of course King Christian (or simply the Danes in general). In support of this theory, the only quasi-heraldic sybolism are the three water-lily petals to be found on the horse's harness. The arms of the Sture family featured three water-lily leaves:

Image
Chris Green
IAAH President

Apohypaton


Return to “General Heraldry”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest