Arms, Coat of
- Her. The heraldic insignia or *bearings of a king, or *knight, or of a family granted such hereditary devices. To bear arms it was necessary to inherit or receive a grant from the king or a *herald, or proof was required of an ancestor's use of the arms from 'time immemorial', which in common law began in 1189, but in the law of arms in 1066.
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