The arms of the Addisons of Preston, Lancashire, were: ermine background with a red diagonal band on which are 3 gold rings: the top quarter of the shield is a blue horizontal band with 3 yellow leopards’ heads, with crest a white tower. Motto was “Spero meliora” (I hope for better things), which is a quotation from a poem by the Roman poet Virgil. This motto has not been officially recorded as used at any time by Addisons: however, mottoes have always been used on a random basis without the same control as shields and crests. A badge has often been used on the family's stationery consisting of a belt with the motto, enclosing a white tower. (Badges are most often used in Scotland and the north of England.)
Joseph Addison’s arms were the same shield, with different crest and motto. John Addison of Maryland USA was Joseph’s uncle. His arms were the same shield, with crest a unicorn’s head pierced by an arrow, in the bend sinister. His motto was “Vulnus opemque fero” (I bear a wound and a healing). The motto had its origin in an old Saxon superstition that a wound received in battle could be cured by the weapon that inflicted it.
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