Augmentations. Are particular marks of honour.
Granted by the Sovereign as additions to thepaternal arms ; and for the most part are borne upon a Canton, or Inescutcheon, sometimes upon a Chief, and Fesse ; and may be derived from acts of valour, or loyalty ; from profession ; or from any memorable circumstances and events, eg. The arms of the Duke of Wellington contain the following Augmentation viz. On the honour-point an escutcheon, charged with the Crosses of St. Geoi'ge, St. Andrew, and St. Patrick, conjoined, being the union badge of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Now this badge being the common device of our united opinions, shews that we think the Duke of Wellington was entitled to the highest honours which a united people would desire to confer on the chief defender of their country. P. 21, f. 21. The Augmentation granted to the Duke of Marlborough " in chief an esciitcheon ar. charged with the cross of St. George gu. and thereon an escutcheon of the Arms of France." Lord Nelson's is " on a chief wavy ar. waves of the sea from which a Palm tree issuant betw. a disabled ship on the dexter and a battery in ruins on the sinister all ppr." Lord Collingwood " on a chief wavy gu. a lion pass, guard, navally crowned or, with the word Trafalgar over the lion of the last." Pellew Viscount Exmouth. " on a chief of Augmentation wavy ar. a representation of Algiers with a British man of war before it all ppr." Carnegie Earl of North esk whose arms are, or. an eagle displayed sa. has as an honourable augmentation" a Naval Crown gold on the breast of the eagle and over the eagle the word "Trafalgar" Halford Bart. By Royal warrant of Augmentation, in 1837, a rose ar. was substituted for the centre fleur-de-lis, (arms originally had three fleurde-lis on a chief), and as further augmentation, on a canton erm. a staff entwined with a serpent ppr, and ensigned by a coronet composed of crosses pattce and fleur-de-lis or. Gull. Bart., for augmentation " a Canton Erm , thereon an ostrich feather ar. quilled or. enfiled by a coronet as in the Badge of the Prince of Wales.