Ray: a ray of the sun is found in one or two cases in early rolls, and in each case is blazoned gules, but in later coats of arms rays are found only issuing from the clouds or round a sun, q.v. In the case of the Badge of RICHARD II. "The Sun behind a Cloud" is represented only the rays being visible. When the rays issue from a charge they are generally described by the term radiated being applied to the charge.
Rauf de la HAY, blank ung rey de soleil de goules--Roll, temp. HEN. III.
Sire Fraunceys de ALDAM, d'aszure a un ray de soleil d'or--Roll, temp. ED. II.
Azure, one ray of the sun issuing bendways from the dexter chief, proper[i.e. blazoned otherwise a pile waved]--ALDAM.
Radiant, or rayonnant, (fr. rayonné): is applied to ordinaries, as well as to charges such as the Sun and Clouds. The terms radiated, irradiated, rayony, or 'with rays,' are also used, but all meaning the same thing.
Gules on a bend rayonated between two eagles displayed or three roses of the first--BODEN, Middlesex.
Azure, on a pale radiant or, a lion rampant gules--COLMAN, co. Suffolk.
[The same, but the field vert, and the lion sable--O'HARA, Ireland.]
Azure, a pale rayony or--LIGHTFORD.
Argent, two chevrons sable, in chief a file of eight points of the last enclosed by a garter irradiated by sixteen rays of a star or; the garter azure bearing these words in gold letters, "Viditque Deus hanc lucem esse bonam"--[A quartering in the arms of] RUNDLE.
Gules, a chief argent, on the lower part thereof a cloud[otherwise a chief nebuly] with rays proceeding therefrom proper--LEESON, Earl of Miltown.
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