Dominion of British West Florida

Arms of British West Florida

Two versions of the arms are shown here : The "full arms", including the crest, helm, mantling and a compartment (the ground on which the shield and supporters stand); and the "simple arms", with the shield ensigned by the royal crown and no compartment.

Other, even simpler, versions could be used if required, e.g. the crowned shield with no supporters, riband or motto.


The Blazon    
The blazon of a coat of arms is its formal description in heraldic language. It is the blazon, rather than any artistic illustration or rendition, which officially defined a coat of arms.

The blazon for the arms of British West Florida is :-

Arms (shield)

Quarterly of six, three by two.
1. Gules, three Lions passant guardant in pale Or;
2. Or, a Lion rampant within a Double Tressure flory counter-flory Gules;
3. Azure, a Harp Or stringed Argent;
4. Gules, a Pegasus forcene Or;
5. Azure, three Fleur-de-Lys Or, impaling Gules, a Tower triple-towered Or;
6. Azure a drum proper between two Arrows palewise Or, impaling Vert a lion passant Or and on a chief wavy sable a rising Sun Gold 

The shield is encircled by the riband of the Order of St.Barnabas, with a Grand Commander's badge pendant.


On a royal helm with mantling Or lined Ermine, the Royal Crown proper, thereon a Pegasus Argent, winged, crined and unguled Or.

(On the simpler version of the arms, the Royal Crown alone is used, without the helm, mantling or crest).


Dexter : A Lion rampant Or 

Sinister : A Pegasus Argent, armed, crined and unguled Or, and gorged with a coronet, a chain affixed thereto passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back Gold.


Dieu et mon Droit


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