Tennyson's Poems

Tennyson heraldry

An Heraldic achievement of Alfred, Lord Tennyson exists in an 1884 stained glass window in the Hall of Trinity College, Cambridge, showing arms: Gules, a bend nebuly or thereon a chaplet vert between three leopard's faces jessant-de-lys of the second; Crest: A dexter arm in armour the hand in a gauntlet or grasping a broken tilting spear enfiled with a garland of laurel; Supporters: Two leopards rampant guardant gules semée de lys and ducally crowned or; Motto: Respiciens Prospiciens[39] ("Looking backwards (is) looking forwards"). These are a difference of the arms of Thomas Tenison (1636-1715), Archbishop of Canterbury, themselves a difference of the arms of the 13th century Denys family of Glamorgan and Siston in Gloucestershire, themselves a difference of the arms of Thomas de Cantilupe (c.1218-1282), Bishop of Hereford, thenceforth the arms of the See of Hereford; the name "Tennyson" signifies "Denys's son", although no connection between the two families is recorded.

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