Pennants are a variation of a pennon, a flag carried during the Middle Ages that comprised the crest, motto, heraldic and ornamental devices; not to be confused with banner or standard. Pennon derives from Latin penna meaning a ‘wing’ or a ‘feather’. The pennon was a purely personal ensign displaying personal armorial bearings. Originally square however during the Reign of Henry III the pennon acquired the distinctive swallow-tail, or the single-pointed shape. Another version of the single-pointed pennon was sometimes pointed, but more generally forked or swallow-tailed at the end. Refer Tab Coat of Arms for further information.

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