Cross: Formy

Cross formy (Period)

Cross formy (Period)

The “cross formy” was drawn with concave sides, as in the illustration, from c.1280 (in the arms of Ekont [ANA2 315]) throughout the Society’s period.  Beginning in the 16th Century, it was also sometimes drawn with straight sides.  The arms may converge to a single point at the artist’s discretion; the splay of the arms should be pronounced.

Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin bears:  Argent, a cross formy sable.

Edmund Cavendish bears:  Per bend azure and gules, a cross formy Or.

Domnall na nAmus bears:  Vert, three crosses formy Or.

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