Diocese of Lincoln

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Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican
Established : 678 as diocese of Lindsey, translated to Leicester 679, to Dorcester 886 and to Lincoln 1072.

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Lincoln

Official blazon

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.

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Literature : Image from Wills's Arms of the Bishopric. McCarthy: Armoria Sedium.