Knot: Bourchier knot

Bourchier knot (Period)

Bourchier knot (Period)

The Bourchier knot was the badge of Henry Bourchier, Earl of Essex, d.1483 [HB 99].  The knot was used by subsequent members of the Bourchier family, sometimes substituting other items (thorn branches, garters) for the cords [Siddons II.2 94].

The modern term “granny knot” is drawn as a Bourchier knot.  For heraldic purposes, the “square knot” and “reef knot” are equivalent to the Bourchier knot as well.

Kemrith Danil bears as a badge:  Argent, a Bourchier knot vert.

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