THE SERPENT ON CRESTS
HENRY F. PONSONBY
[Extracted from NQ. 4th. S. vol. 8 (1871), p. 335.]
The serpent is the emblem of eternity, or sometimes of the Eternal Spirit. My crest (a serpent issuing from a crown, which is pierced by three arrows) is, I have been told, a symbol of royal martyrdom, some ancestor having adopted it, I presume, in veneration of his patron saint, who may have been a royal martyr.—HENRY F. PONSONBY.