Ensign, or Insignia, (fr. enseigne): the more correct term for the armorial bearings of a Kingdom, of an Office, or of a Community. In common parlance, however, the Arms of England, or the arms of this or that town, are spoken of.
The term ensigned has a different signification, and is used of a charge having a cross, or mitre, or crown, placed above it, and the term supporting such a charge is sometimes used also with the same signification. It is to be distinguished from enfiled. A staff also may be ensigned with a flag.
Sable, a chevron ensigned with a cross patty argent--FAIRFIELD.
Azure, an annulet ensigned with a cross patty, and interlaced with a saltire, couped and conjoined at base or--Borough of Southwark.
Argent, an oak tree eradicated in bend sinister vert, surmounted by a sword in bend dexter azure, hilted or, ensigned on the front with a royal crown of the last--M'GREGOR.