Fire: flames of fire(fr. flammes) are not at all a rare device in coats of arms, though not observed to occur in arms before the sixteenth century; sometimes by themselves, but more frequently in connection with other charges, e.g. Alter, Beacon, Bush, Fireball, Firebrand, &c., when the term flammant, or flaming, is used. When emblazoned the flames may be represented by gules and or alternating.
Or, on a fesse dancette, between three flames of fire gules, a lamb couchant, between two estoiles argent--Ascribed to HOOPER, Bp. of Gloucester, 1550-54; also of Worcester, 1552-53.
Azure, a book open between three flames of fire proper, within a bordure argent, charged with four mullets and so many crosses crosslets as the first--SMITH, Edinburgh.
Ermine, two flames in saltire gules--LEIGHT, Hants.
Azure, flames of fire proper--BRANDER, Hants.
Argent, a chevron voided azure between three(another two) flames of fire proper--WELLS, co. Monmouth.
Argent, a bend between three crescent flammant proper--PADDON, Hants[granted 1590].
Argent, three hearts flammant gules--HEART, Scotland.
Argent, two billets raguled and trunked placed saltirewise, the sinister surmounted of the dexter azure, their tops flaming proper--SHURSTABLE.
S.Anthony's Fire is named in the following singular coat of arms:--
Or, on a fesse chequy azure and argent, in chief two stars of the second; quartering argent a galley, oars in action sable with S.Anthony's fire on the topmast, and in the centre of the quarters a crescent for difference--STEWART, Innernytie, Scotland.