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Barry, (in old fr. barré, sometimes burelé, in modern fr. fascé): denotes that the field is horizontally divided into a certain even number of equal parts. If the number of divisions were odd the same tincture would appear in chief and in base, and the pieces of the other tincture would be so many bars, or barrulets.


Richard de GREY, barry d'argent et d'azure--Roll, temp. HEN. III.

Alayn de Fitz Brian, barree d'or et de gules--Ibid.

Patrick de CHAURCY, burele d'argent et de goules--Roll, temp. HEN. III.

Barry of six, ermine and gules--HUSSEY, Wilts.

Barry of ten, argent and gules--BARRY, Lord Barry.

Barry of ten, argent and sable--BARRALL.

Barry of twelve, or and sable--BOTFIELD, Salop.

Barry of twenty, argent and azure--BRUN.

Per pale or and argent barruly wavy gules--Sire Richard de AUNTESHEYE.

Barry dancetty azure and argent--TURBERVILLE.

The division of the shield into party-coloured pieces by means of lines is not unfrequent, and the barry is combined for the sake of variety with other line-divisions. The following will give some idea of the varieties.

Barry-bendy sinister.
Barry-bendy sinister.

Barry bendy or Barry bendy lozengy may be employed when a field is divided bar-wise, each piece being subdivided bendwise also, the tinctures being counterchanged. Barry bendy sinister also occurs.

Barry bendy of six argent and gules--AMERY.

Barry bendy lozengy argent and gules--QUARM, Devon.

Bendy sinister and barry, gules and argent--WYER.

Barry indented and Barry dancetty have the lines drawn so that apex falls beneath apex.

Barry of four indented or sable or azure--Richard MITFORD, Bp. of Chichester, 1389, of Salisbury, 1396-1347.

Barry indented, argent and gules--John BALUN.

Barry dancetty of six azure and argent--TODENHAM.

Barry indented.
Barry indented.

Barry indented, the one in the other, may be blazoned Lozengy .... couped per fesse, or better still Lozengy .... parted barwise and counterchanged.

Barry of six argent and sable, indented, the one in the other--GUISE, or GYSE, Glouc.

Barry indented, the one in the other, or and azure, on a chief gules, three cross crosslets of the first--MOUNTAINE, Westminster, 1613.

Barry nebuly.
Barry nebuly.

Barry nebuly, when the lines instead of being drawn straight across the shield are drawn as in the margin; and barry wavy, with the bars as shewn in previous page.

Barry nebuly of six argent and azure, on a bend gules a lion passant gardant or--HABERDASHERS' Company. Arms granted in 1571.

Barry nebuly of six, or and gules--DOLSEBY, London.

Barry nebuly of six, or and sable--BLOUNT, Bart. 1642.

Barry wavy of six, ermines and argent--MORRIS.

Barry pily.
Barry pily.

Barry pily: divided into an even number of pieces by piles placed horizontally across the shield. If the number of pieces were uneven, it would rather be called so many piles barwise, proceeding from the dexter or sinister side. It is difficult to find examples, as the proper position of the ordinary is upright.

Barry pily of eight, or and gules--HOYLAND, Linc.

Barry pily of eight, gules and or--VANCE, Ireland.

Barry per pale counterchanged is when the field is divided into several pieces barwise, and by a party-line palewise the tinctures on each side of that line are counterchanged. For barry paly see billetty.

Barry of six, sable and or, per pale counterchanged--SCURFIELD.

Barry of twelve, per pale azure and argent counterchanged--MOORE, Salop.

N.B. In modern French heraldic works barré seems to be used generally as the equivalent of bendy sinister, just as the bar is used for the bend sinister, as has already been noted.

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