heraldic tradition, these arms are based on the oldest recorded arms
associated with the name. These are variously given in the old
armorials as Or, on a chief Sable a mullet (occasionally two mullets)
Argent. As a difference, a gold swan’s head and neck (a very common
charge in Squire heraldry) was placed between the mullets and the
tincture of the mullets was changed to Or . The main charge on the
shield is a rose which relates to the grantee’s Yorkshire origins.
The York rose is, of
course, white but, as heraldic convention prohibits ‘metal on metal’,
it was decided that the rose should be black. The gold swan crest
charged with a black rose echoes the iconography of the shield. The
motto, which translates as “NATURE’S ART IS BETTER”, refers to the
grantee’s career as a professional artist.
The original arms were granted to the registrant's late father,
See Entry Vol.2: No.0331 arms of Jean
Parlett and Squire for more information.