The arms of Basse of Elmsett, Saxmundham and Benhall in Suffolk are Gules a chevron argent between three plates, according to Joan Corder's A dictionary of Suffolk Arms. column 190. Fairbairn, in the Laurence Butters edition assigns the crest to Basse. The Dictionary of National Biography in its article on the poet William Basse, who died in 1653, `A William Basse "of Suffolk" entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge as a sizar in 1629 and took the degree of B.A. in 1632 and of M.A. in 1636 .... There was a family named Basse of Benhall, Suffolk ... of whom a William died in 1607 aged 85, and left a son Thomas and a grandson William probably the Cambridge student.' DNB comes to the conclusion that this could not be the poet, who was a native of Oxfordshire according to Anthony à Wood.