Beacon (Period)

Beacon (Period)

A beacon is a signal tower, consisting of a pole with a fire-basket at the top, and a ladder on one side for those who feed the fire.  It is always drawn flammant, but the fact is often explicitly blazoned.  The beacon is found in the arms of Daunt, c.1510 [DBA1 106], but it’s better known as one of the badges of Henry V, d.1422 [HB 110].  See also brazier, lighthouse, torch (cresset).

The Riding of Beaconsgate bears:  Azure, a beacon within a laurel wreath Or.

Valdemar Wendel Bayard bears:  Per pale sable and gules, a beacon enflamed Or.

Wenyeva atte grene bears:  Per chevron argent and vert, three beacons enflamed counterchanged.

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