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Paly, (fr. palé): when the field is divided by perpendicular lines into an even number of equal parts, the first of which is generally of a metal, and the last of a colour. An uneven number(see barry) would be blazoned as of so many pales. The French term vergetté is used when the pales, or rather palets, are above ten in number.


Paly of six, or and azure--GOURNAY, or GURNEY, Devon.

Paly of four pieces argent and vair--William de LONGCHAMP, Bp. of Ely, 1189-97.

Le Comte de HUNTINGDON, pale d'or et de goules, ung bende noir--Roll, temp. HEN. III.

Monsire FITZNELE, pale argent et gules de vi peeces--Roll, temp. ED. III.

Monsire de STRELLE, pale de vi d'argent et d'asure--Roll, temp. ED. III.

Monsire Hugh MENILL, per pale de xij peces argent et gules a une bend d'asure a trois fers de chevall d'or en la bend--Ibid.

Monsire William de MENILL, port pale de viij peeces argent et gules a une bend d'asur a trois fers de chevall d'or en la bend--Ibid.

Le Sire de GOUSHILL, port d'argent et gules pales, au chief de asur en le cheif une damez(? daunce) or--Ibid.


Again, in the same way as barry so may paly be diversified, e.g. the lines may be undy, and in respect of this a curious expression occurs in the ancient rolls of arms, viz. oundée de long, which means paly wavy, as is evidenced by the ancient arms both of the GERNON and VALOYNE family.

William GERNON, oundee de long d'argent et de goules--Roll, temp. HEN. III.

Sire William GERNOUN, d'argent a iij peus[=pales] undes de gulys--Roll, temp. ED. II.

Paly wavy of six, gules and argent--GERNON.

Sire William de VALOYNES, oundee de long de argent e de goules--Ibid.

Monsire Warren de VALOINES, port pale de vi peeces unde d'or et gules--Roll, temp. ED. III.

Paly dancetty of six or and gules, all per saltire counterchanged--POUGES.

Paly embattled of eight argent and gules--WIGLEY, co. Derby.

Paly nebuly of six gules and or--MOLEYNS.

Paly bendy lozengy.
Paly bendy lozengy.

But further, in the combination with the bend, &c., a diversity is produced, which has already been referred to under bendy paly, more frequently called paly bendy. One coat of arms is blazoned paly bendy lozengy. And though the term lozengy may seem redundant it appears drawn as in the margin in the note-book of the late Mr.Wyatt Papworth, and varying somewhat from the figure of paly bendy. Paly pily is only another name for pily, but not necessary since the piles are drawn palewise, unless otherwise expressed. Paly saltiery is only a fanciful and vague way od blazoning the arms of POUGES, given above.

Paly bendy lozengy, or and sable--CALVERT, Lord Mayor of London. 1749.

Paly bendy or and gules--CROONE, London.

Paly. See under Pale.

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