“You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done.” Oscar Wilde – “A Woman of no Importance” These Wilde words should be branded into the brain of every amateur genealogist. Both of… Continue reading A gentle reminder or two
While looking for the origin of the arms described in the 1565 Visitation that Burke later called Frampton of Upwey I tried to identify the coats of arms that might have been inherited by the ladies listed in the Frampton pedigree. To a large extent these prove to be speculative, as, although the fathers are usually named, it… Continue reading Wives of Framptons of Dorset
It’s a bit of a cheek to blog this puzzle, as there are still Framptons at Moreton who could probably resolve it in a few moments, but it has kept me amused for a day or two, and I’m not there yet. I’m currently working my way through quartered coats of arms in the list to… Continue reading Framptons of Dorset
In the church of St John the Baptist, Ashton, Devon, there is a fine monument to Sir George Chudleigh, 1st baronet, died 1657, and his lady Mary Chudleigh, nee Strode, a noted writer of her day. For the amateur herald and ruin-bibber, the best bit of the monument is the panel showing the arms of… Continue reading Chudleigh Wives at Ashton
Sir William Pole gives the arms of Bucket of Bucket as “Or, 3 piles in point Gules, within a bordure Azure.” Pole (and Joseph Holland) also give the arms of Bucket as “Checky Argent and Azure, a fess vairy Argent and Gules (or Gules and Sable).” Holland gives the further information that the latter arms… Continue reading Arms of Buckyate
I am very reluctant to say that any coat of arms found “in the field” is in error. I have found that such statements often come back to bite me, or at least show up my ignorance. After all, heraldry predates the College of Heralds by some centuries and their first task was description of… Continue reading White feathers for Charlemagne?
The Harrises of Hayne in Lifton, Devon were a cadet branch of the Harrises of Radford. The coat of arms of the elder branch was “Sable, three crescents argent.” The younger branch, as described in the heralds’ visitation of Devon, bore “Sable, three crescents within a bordure argent.” Buuut – look at the shields… Continue reading Harris of Hayne – a niggle