The Arms of Lupo as granted to Ambrose Lupo and his sons, Peter and Joseph by William Dethick, Garter King of Arms

text and artwork by Keith Kennedy-Tyson, Tasmania, Australia

Blazon:

In Campo Caeruleo Lupam albam ingredientem hiantem lingua et unquibus sanguinolent et in supere Argt. 3 rosas rubras albis duplicatis foliis viridis cresentibus

pro Crista superiorem albi lupi partem erectum egredientem supra capsidem pendibus tenentem rosam cum stipite et ramis proprius colorit. depicta et tortili.

Attempt at translation of the Arms

Shield:

On a field of Azure a wolf passant Argent, langued and Armed Glues on a chief Argent three red roses duplicated in white slipped vert.

Crest:

A demi wolf rampant Argent, holding with his feet a rose, slipped vert as depicted in the Arms.

About Elizabethan Grants and their contemporary portrayal:

The closest representation I have found to copy the style from is from the 1580's. At this time it had become a common rule that whatever the colour of the wreath the mantling was generally Gules doubled Argent. In general the wreath's colour was still taken from the principal colour and metal of the shield. In the case of this grant it would be Azure doubled Argent. Elizabethan mantling looks a little weak when compared with either ancient or contemporary examples. It had also become common practice for the esquire's/gentleman's helmet to be garnished/out lined with gold. The reason for the change from a she wolf to a normal wolf is that the Heraldic latin of the period was not noted for getting its gender right and she wolves are exceptionally rare whilst a wolf is far more probable, particularly as it would then tie in with the crest.

Click here to see a copy of the original grant

Note: This translation was based on the work of one honours student in Classics, Assoc. Professor M. Bennett, Dept. of Hist. (a medievalist with strong interests in the early Tudor monarchs) and myself a honors grad in Hist. reading for my Masters. I also used a latin heraldic glossary from one of my 1800's heraldry books.



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