Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Heraldic Puns abound in Cheshire - Leversage of Wheelock

In our fifth group, in which the names of the bearers suggest some quality of the charges, the allusiveness of the arms is naturally less immediately obvious, though the pun becomes apparent with a little thought. Thus the charges of three black ploughshares between their black chevron hint at their capacity to lever up the soil. 

Leversege of Wheelock

Arms: Quarterly -
1 & 4 Argent, a chevron between three ploughshares Sable.
2 & 3 Argent, a chevron between three Catherine wheels Sable [Wheelock]

Crest: A leopard's head jesant-de-lis *
* The upper part of the fleur-de-lis, usually shewn above the leopard's face, is omitted in the MS.   

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