I received an email from a web visitor who owns a shield and doesn’t know much about it. The front has a wonderful lion motif and the back has the name of the owner with a prefix of “Esq.” which means “Esquire”.
Now that is a wonderful word that you don’t hear much any more. Here in the United States it is a title appended to a Lawyers surname. Which is an interesting use. But it has an older and more romantic meaning.
If you look it up this is what you find:
The historical definition:
an officer in the service of a king or nobleman.
a landed proprietor or country squire.
But the most interesting definition comes from the LateMiddle English and it perfectly explains our shield:
from Old French esquier, from Latin scutarius ‘shield-bearer,’ fromscutum ‘shield’;
Now isn’t that kind of neat?
If you can add some information about this shield check out my webpage here: The Unidentified medieval shield