Cross Clechée


§16. Cross clechée: this signifies a cross with the ends as shewn in the margin. Some heralds contend that the true cross clechée should have the ends voided, but there seems to be no good authority for this, at least not in English arms, and in French arms it will be seen that it is often blazoned vidée. It appears also, when voided and pommettée, to bear the title with French heralds of Cross of Toulouse, from it appearing in the insignia of that city, though as will be seen, as old blazon describes these arms as a cross paté voided.

Argent, a cross clechée sable--Sir Thomas BANASTER, K.G., ob. 2¡ëdeg; Ric. II. [as depicted upon his stall-plate at Windsor, elsewhere blazoned, Argent, a cross patty pointed sable].

Or, on a mount between two lesser ones vert a lamb sable, holding with the dexter foot a banner ermine charged with a cross clechée gules--GROSE, Surrey(1756).

Or, on a chevron between three crosses clechy sable a fleur-de-lis between two stag's heads cabossed of the first--CARVER.

D'azur, a la croix vidée, clechée et pommettée, d'or--Comtat VENAISSIN.

De gueules, à la croix de Toulouse d'or--ORADOUR, Auvergne.

De gueules, à la croix vidée, clechée, pommettée et alaisée d'or, dite Croix de Toulouse--P. LANGUEDOC.

Le Conte de TOLOSA, de goules a un croyz d'or pate et perse a une bordure d'or--Roll, temp. HEN. III; Harleian MS. 6589, circa 1256-66.

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