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Entries in grey are not obtained from documentary evidence, but are inferred from content, context, etc.

Date of manufacture and insertion
1899
Maker
Fouracre & Son
Main subject
Arms of the nine Cornish boroughs having independent representatives in the County Council:
Launceston Bodmin Liskeard
Penryn Truro Falmouth
Helston Penzance St Ives
Subject type
Decorative
Notes
  1. Maker, subjects, insertion, Western Morning News p 5, Royal Cornwall Gazette p 4.

Arms of the nine Cornish boroughs having independent representatives in the County Council.

Sicillum Dunhevidi boweogh alyas Launceston

Top row left. The seal of Launceston, with a shield of the arms of the borough, gules a triple circular tower within a border argent charged with eight towers domed argent. (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. Magna Britannia: Volume 3, Cornwall, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ**. London, T Cadell and W Davies, )

Sigill[um] comune Burgensium Bodminie

Top row, centre. The seal of the Borough of Bodmin, representing a king sitting under a Gothic canopy (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. op cit, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ*).

Sigillum Liskeard Burgi de commune

Top row right. The seal of Liskeard, containing a fleur-de-lys on which are two birds, with an amulet over the head of each, and under the fleur-de-lys on each side a prince’s feather (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. op cit, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ**).

Penryn Burgus

Middle row, left. The seal of Penryn, a shield on which is the bust of a man in profile, couped at the breast, vested over the shoulder, and wreathed about the temples with laurel, tied behind with a ribbon flotant. (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. op cit, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ***).

Exaltatum cornu in Deo

Middle row, centre. The seal of Truro, gules, the base barry wavy of six argent and azure thereon a ship of three masts under sail, all argent on each mast a banner of St George, on the waves in base two fishes of the second (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. op cit, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ***). The inscription, used as the motto of Truro, may be an abbreviated form of Et exaltatum est cornu meum in Deo meo (Mine horn is exalted in the Lord) (Ⅰ Samuel 2:1).

Falmouth

Middle row, right. The seal of Falmouth, having a spread eagle with a castle on each wing, and a rock on its breast (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. op cit, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ*).

The seal of the Borough of Helleston

Bottom row, left. The seal of the Borough of Helston, containing a figure of St Michael holding a shield, charged with the arms of England, and standing between two towers (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. op cit, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ*). In his right hand St Michael holds a spear with which he is slaying the dragon at his feet.

Pensans anno Domini

Bottom row, centre. The seal of Penzance, showing the head of St John the Baptist. (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. Magna Britannia: Volume 3, Cornwall, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ***. London, T Cadell and W Davies, )

Sigillum burgi St Ives in com Cornub

Bottom row, right. The seal of St Ives, with a shield of the arms of the borough, argent an ivy branch overspreading the whole field vert (Lysons, D, Lysons, S. op cit, p ⅹⅹⅹⅵ**.)