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Euro Giorgio Pensa

Arms: per fess Or and Gules, in chief and eagle displayed Sable, armed and langued Gules and crowned Sable, and in base a castle triple towered Or, masoned Sable, windows and port of the last

Matriculated: The Court of the Lord Lyon 2oth August 1996. Lyon Register. Volume 74, folio 37.

These arms have been used by my family for several centuries and as at present we do not have an official body in Italy which can certify arms I had them confirmed to my name by the Spanish King of Arms on the 7th July 1995, I then petitioned the Lord Lyon to have them matriculated in Scotland.

I have traced my family to the thirteenth century originating from Piemonte. From there one line moved to France, one line to Biella and Aosta, another to the region of Como. All the lines were nobles under various rulers and each line used different arms. My line went to live in Republic of Genoa in the year 1250 and in the sixteenth century moved to a small town in the province of La Spezia, Ponzo.

In Italian heraldry the chief of a shield often indicates a former political allegiance, a black crowned eagle on a gold field signified allegiance to the Holy Roman Emperor. Originally the eagle in my arms was totally black, however it was armed and langued gules by the Lord Lyon when I matriculated. This chief known as "Capo d'Impero" also indicates an allegiance to the "Ghibellines". Whilst crests and mottos are common throughout Italy I have not found any traces of my family using either and so I have not had any matriculated.
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