Medieval Glossary

Quarter (Heraldry)

In heraldry, one of the divisions of a shield, when it is divided into four portions by horizontal or perpendicular lines meeting in the fesse point. This especially refers to either of the two divisions thus made.

Also, to bear as an appendage to the hereditary arms. For example, "the coat of Beauchamp...quartered by the Earl of Hertford."

Related term(s): Heraldry; Shield; Fesse; Quartering; Quarter; Escutcheon
Category: Heraldry
Added: 06.03.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 468.


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