Lily: next to be the rose the lily is perhaps the most frequently borne of all the flowers, and there is probably little question that this flower is the original of the fleur-de-lis, which took a conventional form. By some the figure so frequently found is supposed to represent the Iris and not the Lily.
Argent, on a fesse sable between three roses gules a lily of the first--Richard MAYO, Bishop of Hereford, 1504-16.
Sable, three lilies slipped argent, a chief per pale azure and gules, on the dexter side a fleur-de-lis or, on the sinister a lion of England--ETON COLLEGE.
Fusilly ermine and sable a chief of the second, charged with three lilies slipped argent--MAGDALEN COLLEGE, Oxford. [William PATTEN, Commonly called WAYNFLETE, Bishop of Winchester, the founder, added the chief to his family arms.]
Argent, in base a rock with nine points issuant, from each a lily all proper, on a chief azure a crescent between two mullets of the first--ROMILLY, Baron Romilly, 1865.
Gules, a lion rampant between eight lilies argent--DENVILE or DEVILE.
Gules, on a fesse or, between three wolf's heads erased pean five lilies slipped and inverted--LEDIARD, Cirencester.
Azure, three roses two and one in base or; in chief as many lilies argent stalked and leaved vert; all within a bordure gules charged with eight plates--BARKING Abbey, Essex.
The three lilies represented on the chief in the arms of the COOPERS' Company(see under Grose) are figured usually as in the margin. The French heralds use the term Lis de jardin, or au naturel, to distinguish the natural lily from the conventional fleur-de-lis.