Diocese of Lincoln
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DIOCESE OF LINCOLN
Gules, two lions passant guardant in pale Or; on a chief azure the Virgin. ducally crowned sitting on a throne issuant from the chief, in her dexter arm the Infant Jesus and in her sinister hand a sceptre, all gold.
The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.
The arms first appear upon the seal of William Smith (1496-1514) before which the seals usually bore the figures of the Blessed Virgin and Holy Child. The chief is a continuation of this practice and refers to the dedication of the Cathedral to the Blessed Virgin Mary and All Saints; the lions are the arms attributed to the Norman Kings and commemorate William I under whose ecclesiastical reorganisation the See of Dorchester-on-Thames was transferred to Lincoln.