A letter, dated 9 May 1984, from Elizabeth Dowman, Assistant to the York Herald of Arms, written to the member's cousin Reba Nourse Coombs, verifies the grant of arms, as well as the right of the family to use it. The member's branch of the family descends from the second son of John Nourse of Milton Keynes, Bucks; its arms are differenced with a crescent.
Gules, a fess between two chevrons Argent; a crescent Gules for difference
An arm embowed proper holding a snake Vert, entwined round the arm
Virtute non Astutia (By Virtue, not by Cunning)
On 27 May 1629 in the fifth regnal year of Charles I, a Patent of Arms and Crest was granted to John Nourse of Chilling Place in Oxfordshire, son of John Nourse of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, by William Segar, Garter Principal King of Arms.