Heraldry of some Yorkshire Families
The arms shown below are constructed from
the blazons and descriptions provided by various authors1
The Arms of families include, Armitage,
Butler, Collingwood, Crossland, De Busli,
De Laci, De Luvetot, Dronsfield,
FitzAlan, FitzSwein, FitzWilliam,
Furnival, Gledhill, Le Scrope,
Mauleverer, Mauley, Midgley,
Bretton, Montague, Muschamp, Nevil[le],
Newmarch, Pilkington, Roddam, Rushworth/ Rishworth,
Spencer, Stainton, Stanhope,
Tankersley, Thornhill, Wadsley,
Note: Armorial bearings do NOT belong to all persons of a given
surname and may rightfully be borne ONLY by the descendants of the individual
to whom they were first granted or allowed [the Armiger], according to the
Laws of Arms of England.
Note that in some cases the original Norman-French
names may have been anglicised by adopting the place of residence
as the surname [ e.g. Wyan Marmions took the name de Stansfield].
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Arms [blazon]: Or a lion rampant Sable1
Adam was the son of Swein FitzAilric, Lord
of Cawthorne, who in turn was the son of Ailric FitzRichard
[d. after 1066]. These arms appear to have been applied by Swein's
descendants, for the art of heraldry did not begin to formalise until
the reign of Henry I Beauclerc.
De Busli* [Buslei/Busley] of Tickhill
i] An early coat was Argent two bars Sable,
this was in use during trhe time that the De Buslis were at
At the time of the Domesday survey, Roger
De Busli held the manor of Hallam from Judith De Lens. Judith
was the wife of the executed earl Waltheof and the neice of
William I of England. De Busli held 46 manors in Yorkshire 86 in
Nottinghamshire [170 acc. to Thoroton] and many in Derbyshire, Leicestershire
and Devonshire. .De Busli only appears significantly in D.B. for
his family name expired with his brother Ernaldus's gt-gt-grand-daughter,
Idonea, who took the estates to her husband, Robert De Veteri-Ponte
[Vipont] upon marriage. Other lands passed through Roger De Busli's
sister, Beatrix who married William Hastings Count of Eu, Lord
Hastings, which line eventually expired upon marriage to Raoul De
* This is the style
used in D.B. [Bvsli]
ii] The coat of arrms: Gules, one bezant12
is apparently a later one which has only been known to appear on
a Clifford monument in Skipton church.13
of Sheffield Manor and Hallamshire11
Arms: Argent, a lion rampant parti per fess
gules and sable [Sheffield Parish Church, from Dodsworth's
Variants in tinctures are:
1. Or a lion rampant parti per fess Gules
and Sable [Luvetot House of Worksop]
2. Argent a lion rampant parti per fess gules
3. Parti per fess Or an Gules a lion rampant
parti per fess Sable and Argent. [Ecclesfield Church]
4. Or a lion rampant parti per fess Sable
and Gules [Given in time of Edward III]
Of Norton SouthYorkshire. Granted during
Henry III's regn. [Roll of arms temp. Henry III]
Blazon : Gules a bend Arg. "de goulz ung bend d'argent"
Ancient arms of Foliot
These arms are similar to De Laci of Pontefract who were the Foliots
overlords. This usage of the overlord's arms with tincture or charge
variation is not unusual [see Furnival, Wadsley and Wortley below].
Blazon: Argent a lion rampant purpure.
Arms: Argent, a bend between six martlets
"Martlets borne in arms signify that the
bearer aquired nobility by his bravery and prowess or by his
intelligence, and that he had little wealth or means of subsistence
at first but lived on his aquisitions... for the martlet is painted
without feet like something that is without foundation. And those
who bear these birds dwell in courts of lords or Kings, and they
live on the bounty of their lords. Yet they are noble. It is not
by wealth and riches alone that nobility is aquired, but by deeds
of prowess and other good habits".- The Lyyfr Dysgread Arfau
Crest: A horses helmet argent with a plume
of three feathers Or. [Jos. Hunter's Hallamshire]11
Wadsley of Wadsley and Worral, near
Sheffield. From the time of Henry II to Henry VII when they
were absorbed into the Everinghams of Stainborough. We can
see how the arms are similar to the Furnivals under whose banner
they fought, the charges on the bend are reminiscent of the Tankersley
family of Tankersley. The Wadsleys' held the area of Loxley Chase
and Loxley Common between Wadsley and Worral before this time.12
Arms : Argent on a bend Gules three escallops
of the first between six martlets of the second [12, p.36].
Wortley of Wortley [West of Tankersley].
We can see from this that the Wortleys appear to have not
a a feudal relationship with the Furnivals
but also the De Busli family of Tickhill.
Arms: Argent on a bend Gules three bezants
between six martlets of the second.12
Everingham of Stainborough
Arms: Gules a lion rampant Vair+
Stainborough Castle came within the Honour
of Pontefract held by the De Laci family. Later a branch of
the Everinghams of Laxton, Notts. appear to have occupied a hall
to the east which now lies beneath 'Wentworth Castle'. Stainborough
was probably first occupied by the Everingham family in the early
1200's or earlier. Sir Adam of Everingham and Stainborough sided first
with Henry III but later took up arms with other barons under Simon
De Montfort against Henry in the ill-fated Battle of Evesham. Adam
was also a Keeper of Sherwood. In the 1300's the Everingham line married
into the Watertons. The Everinghams also held land at Lepton
near Huddersfield and would therefore be likely to have known William De
Bellomonte and his son Richard who also held land there, Roger 'Helle' De
Laci and Roger Montbegon, Lord of Hornsby, overlord and mesne lord respectively18
+ Vair was possibly a symbolic
representation of the fur of the Russian squirrel, it
varied in the appearance.of its coat.
Waterton : originally from Waterton,
Lincolnshire. In 1408 a branch in John Waterton held the
of Methley. Thomas Waterton of Walton Hall near Wakefield
held Cawthorne Manor in I Elizabeth I1. Crescents
may represent what were originally metal bosses which were hammered
to the shield to provide further protection against weapons.11
Arms: Gules, three bars ermine, over all three crescents sable1
tails could be reduced in number and enlarged.
An unproven claimant to the Lordship of Everingham of Laxton [Nottinghamshire], David Alexander Richard Waterton-Anderson, states
that the Waterton's on the distaff had a shield of six equal horizontal
divisions, starting at the top with ermine then gules repeated.
Three crescents sable are placed over this field in a manner which
one would expect to find with three crescents displayed on a single
colour shield [Barry of six ermine gules three crescents sable].
In the 9th year of Henry VI  Robert Waterton, miles.of Methley Hall was a sheriff
for Yorkshire He acted as the guardian for Richard Duke of
York, the disputed father of Edward IV. Richard was raised at
Pontefract Castle and Methley Hall.16[p65] See external
Wars of the Roses
Nevill, Nevile, Neville.
Geoffrey De Nevil of Raby [Durham], Brierley [South Yorkshire].
A senior branch10[p66] descending from Galfrid [Geoffrey]
De Nevile Sheriff of Yorkshire and Northumberland d. 1242. He
was governor of Scarbrough Castle, Sheriff of Yorkshire and Northumberland
& Chief Justice of the King's Forest beyond Kent d.1285. He
married Lady Margaret De Longvilliers of Hutton Longvilliers [Hutton
Magna], Durham in 1268.
Blazon : Gules a saltire Argent 10[p66]
Nevile of Hornby [Lancs]
A cadet branch10[p66], Robert De Nevil
sheriff of Yorkshire and Northumberland d~1276 a younger
brother of Geoffrey.
Blazon : Argent a saltire Gules10[p66]
Nevil[le] of Chevet ('Chute') Hall
Sir Thomas Nevil Kt.
Blazon: Gules a saltire argent charged with
a martlet sable [impaling Furnival]
Arms found on a monument to Lady Joan Nevil
[nee Furnival] at Barlborough Church. She married Sir Thomas de Nevile [d.1406] Lord of Sheffield and Hallamshire.
John Nevil was sheriff of Yorkshire 1518, 1523 1527. He resided
at Chevet Hall near Crigglestone. John was implicated in the
Rising of the North in 1541against Henry VIII because
he did not notify his superiors of the impending rebellion. His daughter
Mary Nevile married Sir Gervase Clifton, Sheriff of Nottingham who held
the Wakefield Manor.
As a comparison we have Nevile of Hallingbury
Essex, the cadet line descending from Geoffrey De Nevile of
Walcot which gave rise to the De Nevile line of Foresters of England.
Blazon : Azure a lion rampant Or crined and langued
Lisours [Lizours] of Sprotborough
Arms : Per fess Azure and Or
Robert De Lisours, son of Fulk De Lisours,
was the Lord of Sprotbrough near Doncaster in the first half
1100's. He married Albreda [Aubrey] De Laci
of Pontefract in 1113, this ultimately led to her grandson,
John De Lisours who assumed the name De Laci from his grandmother, which in turn led
to the line of De Laci. Albreda married secondly Sir William
FitzWilliam Lord of Elmley near Wakefield who gained Sprotborough
through Albreda, this led to the line of FitzWilliams of Sprotbrough
and Emley and eventually into the Wentworth line.
Arms: Sable, a chevron between three leopards'
From the 1612 Visitation by The College of
Arms the Wentworth Arms were recognised on 5th August 1665
Beaumont of Whitley Beaumont:
Arms: Gules, a lion rampant arg., langued and armed
within an orle of nine crescents of the second1.
Crest: A bull's head erased, quarterly argent
Motto: Fide sed cui vide: "Trust, but mind
[see] whom you trust”.
It was not uncommon for tenants to adopt some aspect of their overlords
armorial bearings, thus if we compare the de Laci pupure lion rampant
we see the same lion but in argent on the Beaumont arms, the lion
rampant originated with the major land owner, Adam FitzSwein. Whittaker
states that the
orle of crescents suggests a success in battle against the Saracens.
Whittaker also claims
that the crescent indicates that the holder
been honoured by the regent, thus this coat of arms may have
served nine sovereigns during its time.17 Generally,
however, it is agreed that the crescent was a
device to distinguish the arms of cadet
members of a family.20 The Beaumonts or Bellomontes
of West Yorkshire became tenants of the de Laci honour of Pontefract
1584 Robert Glover, the Somerset Herald,
visited 'the Church of Hotherfeild' [Huddersfield]
and found and effigy of 'an ould knight
kneeling' with the following 5 coats of arms22:
Gules, a lion rampant between six crescents
argent [i.e. Beaumont] impalement broken.
Beaumont as above impaling argent a saltier
gules for Neville
Quarterly 1 and 4 Beaumont [as in No. 1] No. 2
broken No. 3 sable three lions rampant argent
Beaumont [as in No. 1] impaling argent two
bars sable in a chief a martlet [Quarmby]
Beaumont arms but the impalement was broken.
Note Thomas Talbot was granted land in
Huddersfield manor by Edmund de Lacy, Lord of
Talbots of Bashall are recognized by
genealogists as a branch of the high connected
Norman stock, which has given to the peerage
the earldoms of Shrewsbury and Talbot. Edmund
de Lacy, who died in 1257, gave Thomas Talbot
the land of Hudresfeld. It is believed that
this Thomas Talbot was also given Bashall (orginally
Beckshalgh) by Edmund de Lacy. Edmund, the
king's son, Earl of Lancaster, was endowed
with the lands taken from Edmund de Lacy, and
this Edmund, the son of the King, again
granted Bashall to this Thomas Talbot. Thomas
died in the third of Edward I , and was
succeeded by his son Edmund." [The
Visitation of Lancashire, 1533, pp. 38-39.]
Tomlinson interpreted these as:
William de whose wife was Elizabeth
Sir William de Beaumont whose wife was a
Family shield of Beaumont impaling Talbot
Sir Robert de Beaumont and his wife Agnes de
Sir John Beaumont, son of Sir Robert above.
Edward Beaumont, a present day
kinsman* of Beaumont of Bretton Hall
[Lord Allendale] says - Roger ['Helle'] Constable of Chester who
the name de Laci became lord of
Laci had died on a Crusade. Roger, who
seems to have been
Robert's nearest heir, obtained his
the honour at Winchester from King
Richard I in
1194. Roger was in the royal good
books at the time. Prior to this he was not lord of Pontefract, and
after that, he and his descendants started to take the name de
also says that the line at
Bretton is not descended from the Beaumonts
or Bellomontes of Crosland and Whitley except by the marriage in
of Frances Beaumont of Whitley to George Beaumont of Darton who was
a descendant of a family from Thornhill. Edward also disputes the
held link between William de Bellomonte of Whitley and the
of the earls of Leicester. According to Edward's evidence, the Beaumonts
of Yorkshire are more likely to be related to the
Beaumonts of Devon and the Cotentin
Normandy who, like the Constables of
assuming the name de Laci] had
connections to the earls of Chester in England.
* Descended from the younger son of the 1723 marriage.
Other possible kinsmen in
the North were:
1. William de Beaumont whose
arms are given in the Galloway Roll
 as GULES A LION RAMPANT ARGENT a label of
three points azure semee of crescents or. This
is very close to those arms for of
Beaumont of Whitley, viz: GULES A LION
RAMPANT ARGENT, langued and armed
azure, within an orle of nine crescents arg. William being in the
Galloway Roll indicates that he was at the
siege of Caerlaverock and the foray into
Galloway in 1300 with King Edward I and Prince
Edward, later King Edward II. If this is so he
is likely to have been a tenant of Henry de
Laci, earl of Lincoln in the honour of
Pontefract. Dugdale in his Visitation of
Yorkshire in 1666, p. 253, says William was
living in the reign of Edward I. He was heir
to his brother Richard in 1298 and in 1318 was
one of those pardoned as 'William
Beaumond' along with a 'John Beaumond' at
York. [C.P.R.] Thus although it is widely
known that Robert his son was not of the
quarrel with the king, his father William
seems to have been an adherent of earl Thomas
in 1318 against the Despensers. He is recorded
as having died on 12th March
1322. [TNA SC 8/204 10153-10201.]
2. Robert Beaumont son of the
above William is recorded
in 1322 as a mainpernor
for John de Nevill of Hornby, Lancashire:
30th July 1322 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne -
John de Nevill of Horneby of the
county of York has made fine in 500L. and has found as mainpernors
Thomas de Wylughby, John Bret, Gregory de Thorneton, Robert Beaumount,
William de Byngham and Richard de Hilton, and for acknowledgement of the
said trespass binds himself and his heirs and all his lands in 60s. to
be paid yearly at the Exchequers of Michaelmas and Easter by equal
portions, and will make his writing thereon as above.
[Cancelled.] [C..F.R., 1319-1327, p.156;
Parliamentary Writs., Vol.II, Div.III, p.521.]
At the same time Robert also acted as a
mainpernor for others:
son of Gregory de Thorneton of the county of York has made fine in 40s.
and has found as mainpernors Robert de Welle, Robert Beaumont and
Gregory de Thorneton of the county of
York. [Cal. Fine Rolls 1319-1327,
This Robert is the
same person as Robert Beaumont of Crosland
Hall who was beheaded in 1341 by John de
Eland, John earl de Warrene's man and
sheriff of Yorkshire in that year.
3. Thomas Beaumont who was
the 20th November 1310 at
Berwick-upon-Tweed by the king for various offences [C.P.R.1307-1313, p. 290.] and was
again pardoned in 1318 for having attacked Hugh Despenser's lands.
[C.P.R, 1317-1321, p. 232.] - see
below. There are particular references also to a Thomas Beaumont as
When the king was at Leake for the
treaty with Thomas earl of Lancaster (10th August 1318) accusations were
made that goods belonging to George Percy had been carried off
from 'Shaldefeld Parva', Wiltshire
West Chalfield21) by named persons including Thomas 'Baumound':
10th August 1318, Leake
The like [appointment to
a commission] to John de
Foxle, William de Hardenne and Walter de Pavely
on complaint by George de Percy that Thomas Baumound [Beaumont], Warin son of
William de Louche, chaplain, John de Winkalton, John
Tybesone, James Wykewane, Auquerus do Seynbury, John le
Keu, Richard de Lenche of Elmely, [?Emley, near Whitley] '
waryner,' [warrener] Malcolm Musard and John son of Ingolram
Berenger, with others, carried away his goods at Shaldefeld
Parva, co. Wilts. By K.
This seems to be associated with an earlier
The like [appointment to a commission]
to John do Foxle, William de Hardenne and Walter de Paveli
[Pavely] on complaint by John son of
George de Perci
[Percy] touching the persons who had
seized (rapuerunt) Elizabeth his wife at Shaldefeld Parva, co. Wilts,
abducted her, and carried away her
goods. By K.
Thomas Beaumont received a pardon on 12th November
1318 [C.P.R. 1317-1321, p.232.] indicating that he was a
Lancastrian adherent. In order to remove him
from the influence of the rebellious barons in
the North, ten days later the same Thomas
appears to have been appointed sheriff of Meath
22nd November 1318.
Grant "during pleasure
to Thomas Beaumund, for good service, of the office of sheriff of the
county of Mithe in Ireland so that he answer for the issues thereof at
the Exchequer in Dublin as other sheriffs have answered hitherto"
[C.F.R., 1307-1319, p.380.]
Arms: Azure, a fesse ermine wavy between
six sea-mews* heads erased
Crest: A rock ppr thereon a sea-mew also
Motto : "Dieu defend le droit"
("God defends the right.")
The Spencers were from Horsforth near Leeds
and married into the Stanhopes of Cannon -Hall, Cawthorne.
The Spencer Arms were recognised 4th August 1665 at Doncaster.
Stanhope:of Stanhope [Northumberland]
Arms: Quarterly: ermine and gules1.
Crest: A tower azure with demi-lion rampant
ducally crowned gules, holding between his
paws a grenade firing, ppr.
Motto: "A Deo et Rege" ("From
God and the King.")
Originally the Stanhopes came from Northumberland
where many places bear the suffix "-hope" and in fact
where lies the village of Stanhope. Their lineage then descended
from the Stanhopes of Rampton, Notts. and Elvaston, Derbs.diverging
in the reign of Elizabeth I in John Stanhope of Horsforth, West Yorkshire.
The Spencers married into the Stanhopes of Horsforth to
become the Spencer-Stanhopes of Cannon Hall, Cawthorne, South Yorkshire.
From the Horsforth line desceded the wife of Armstrong-Jones,
tails could be reduced in number and enlarged.
Arms: Arg. a chevron sable between 3 stags'
heads erased of the second1.
Crest: A stag at gaze, in a holly bush, proper.
Motto: "Nil conscire sibi" [To have
a conscience free from guilt] Note: this is the same motto
as for Savile.
Roddam: of Alnwick [Northumberland]
Arms: Gules on a bend arg. three cinque
Crest: A stump of an oak tree couped, sprouting
out leaves; ppr.
Motto: "Nec deficit alter." [Nor did
the other fail]
Rodham a variant of Roddam is the family
name of Hilary Clinton wife of the former U.S. president and
originates from Roddam Hall, near Alnwick, Northumberland. [William
The Roddams' married into the Stanhope line of which Serina Stanhope
is a member. Serina [b. 1970] married David Viscount
Linley [b. 1961] son of the late Princess Margaret and Anthony
Armstrong-Jones. Note : Bend could be widened
and charges enlarged..
Of Reigate [Surrey], Sandal [Wakefield Manor] and Conisbrough.
Arms: Chequy or and arg.
Warren of Lincolnshire
Arms: Gules a lion rampant argent a chief
chequy or and azure
William Heydon of Heydon, Norfolk married
Jane, daughter of John Warren of Lincolnshire whose arms "checky
or and azure, on a canton gules, a lion rampant argent" were
quartered by the Heydons. These arms show that John Warren was a
descendant of the last earl Warren and Surrey,who held land in Norfolk,
by his mistress Maud de Neirford4.
of West Bretton.
Arms: Sable and Arg. paly with a bend Gules
three mullet Or.
See Dronsfield of West
Armitage [Armytage] of Hartshead-cum-Clifton
and Kirklees from the 1500's.
Arms: Gules, a lion head erased argent, and
langued az. between three crosslets of the second.
Source for blazon Heraldry - Designs of Wonder.
Sable three goats trippant argent.
Motto: "Noscete ipsum" [know thyself]
Found in: Stansfield Hall, Todmorden, Sowerby
Church, Heptonstall church, Elland chapel and Stansfield chapel
at Guiseley, the surname is taken from the place-name by a descendant
supposedly of William Maryon[s], who accompanied William The Conqueror to England.
Arms: Argent three owls of the first
on a bend sable
Motto: Nil conscire sibi [To
have a conscience free from guilt] Note: this is the same motto
as for Collingwood. The notion that owls were wise was pursued
by the Greeks, however, the medieval heraldic significance was not
so. Here it signified that the bearer had not been involved with battle,
particularly "The Crusades". In Spain owls are considered to bring
bad luck if kept indoors. The Saviles were originally of Savile Hall,
Dodworth, now Savile Hall Farm.
See Saviles of Thornhill
Sir George Savill, was granted the Tankersley arms as a quartering, at the Visitation
of Castle Barnard, Altoft and Darrington.
Arms: Ermine a saltire engrailed gules
Originated near Castle Barnard, then Scargill
of Altofts Hall, near Normanton, and Darrington near Pontefract.
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Eland of Eland Park and Cromwell
Arms : Gules two bars between nine martlets
argent three, three and three.
Crest: On a chapeau, azure, turned up Or.
a martlet gules7.
Martlets are often associated with involvement
in the crusades10.
In the Great Parliamentary Roll ca. 1312
a Sire Hugh de Elaund bore arms de argent, a un bende de goules, e iii escalops de or.
[Bannerets Roll; Nicholas 1928, p. 95.]
Tankersley of Tankersley
Arms : Argent, on a bend gules, three escallops,
These arms are similar to the De Wadsley
arms and hence those of the De Furnivals.
Note: The bend could
be widenened and the charges enlarged.
Muschamp of Willoughby, Lincolnshire
and Northumberland, also found in the West Riding.
Arms: Or three bars Gules.
The three bars gules are spread over the
Muschamp of Wooler Northumberland
Arms: Argent a chevron Vert 3 bees# Sable
of Midgley and Clayton, West Yorkshire.
Arms: Sable two bars gemell Or on a chief of the second, three catherine wheels of the first.26
These also appear as part of the arms of
branch of Rochdale in Lancashire.
Arms: Sable two bars gemell Or on a chief
of the second three caltraps of the first. The earlier shield
did not possess the caltraps.
Crest:7 i] An heraldic tyger,
sejant, between paws a caltrap.
ii] On a mount, an heraldic tyger, sejant, resting dexter
on a caltrap.
iii] [Midgeley] Two keys in saltier, azure, wards down.
See Arms of Midgley
The similarity to the Thornhill arms
shown below indicates that De Midgley [De Miggeley] was a sub tenant
of De Thornhill.
Thornhill of Thornhill and Fixby
Arms: Gules two bars gemell and a chief Or.
Note the similarity to the Midgley arms,
the difference being in one tincture and the caltraps. The
village of Midgley, near Wakefield and Thornhill were adjacent
manors and the similarity of arms suggests a feudal connection
13 as predicted elsewhere not confirmed by genealogy.
i] Arms: Quarterly first and fourth Argent
three fusils conjoined in fess Gules within a bordure sable.13
ii] Another blazon for Monthermer of Yorkshire is : Quarterly second
and third Or an eagle displayed Vert armed beaked and membered
The coat of arms of the Gledhill family was
first granted in 1612
Arms: Azure, three fusils in fesse argent.
Crest: A cock proper.
Motto: "Fortiter et Recte" [Bravely
Crossland of Crosland Hill
Arms: Quarterly argent and gules, a
cross botonny countercharged.
Blazon source: Crosland
Arms: Argent between three cinquefoils a
Source of blazon:Lockwood
of Barnby Hall, Cawthorne [found in Barnsley
Arms : Or, a lion rampant Sable charged with
four escallops, Argent1.
Note: The Lion
should have its escallops charged on the body, this will be
corrected in due course.
Arms: Or a lion rampant purpure.
See De Laci
Originally from Wales [hence the griffins's
head], then Altofts Hall.
Ermine on a fess, engrailed azure between
three griffins heads erased sable a greyhound courant argent.
i.] Gules, a lion rampant or.
ii] Barry of eight or and gules.
Arms : Azure, a bend or.
Arms and portrait
The case Scrope v's Grosvenor [which lasted
from1385 to1390] was a celebrated one in heraldry. The Arms
were granted in favour of Scrope of Wensleydale by King Richard II.
John of Gaunt and Geoffrey Chaucer were among the witnesses. This
court still exists as the Earl Marshal's Court11.
of New Hall, Ardsley also known as New Hall,
Darfield and New Hall, Wombwell, also of Gunthwaite.
Arms: Argent, five fusils in fesse gules,
in chief three bears' heads, sable.
Crest: An ox issuing from a bolt of trees,
Motto: "Intento in Deum animo"
The following epigram was written on the
family's name and crest in the time of Elizabeth I - “Dii
tibi dent Bosvile, boves villasque Radulphi, nec villa careat
bosve vel illa bove."
Arms: Argent a chevron azure [Granted temporarily
during the reign of Edward III]
Blazon source: Swillington
of Wigan, Lancs and Chevet
Arms : Argent a cross patonce voided gules.13
[The cross fleury is only in outline]. This
symbol is still used by Pilkington Glass of Wigan.
of Adwick-le-Street. A branch of the De Wessington or Washington
family of Co. Durham whose arms were Argent two bars and in chief three
mullets gules. Sir John De Washington [d. 1331] founded Hallhead Hall
at Adwick-le-Street, Barnsdale.
Arms: Argent two bars and in chief three mullets gules a crescent
for difference. The manor of Sulgrave branch [Northants.] of the Washingtons
produced emigrants to Virginia in 1657 who were the ancestors of George
Washington, president of the U.S.A. It is believed that the family coat
of arms assisted in the design of the 'stars and stripes'.
Le Waleys, Wallis, Walsh, Wales, Wallace.
Of Burghwallis, Barnsdale. Probably originated in Ayrshire.
Found as arms to Sir Richard I Le Waleys [b. <1126] of 'Burg Waleis'
and his son Sir Stephen I Le Waleys.
Richard married Albreda FitzWilliam of Emley whose grandmother
was Adela Plantagenet, daughter of Hamelyn Plantagenet.
Arms: Quarterly argent and gules a bend or.
of Burgh Wallis
Rushworth [Rishworth]of Rushworth and Coley in the parish
of Halifax and also Riddlesden. Henry Rushworth's daughter of Coley Hall,
Margery, married John Savile whose sister was Margaret a prioress of
Kirklees [1350 -c.1360] See Barnsdale and the
Arms : Argent a bend sable an eagle displayed vert and a cross crosslet
of the second
Also argent a cross crosslet sable, also argent a cross
bottony fiche sable19.
Of Emley and later Sprotborough. Chief stewards to the lords
of Conisbrough from the time of Sir William FitzWilliam [d>1218] who
married Ela de Warrene
[daughter of Hamelyn Plantagenet of Conisbrough]. Sir Thomas FitzWilliam
is identified as being a grandfather of Robert III Butler of Skelbrooke,
a criminal of the late 1290's from Skelbrooke, near Barnsdale. See Robert Butler
Arms: Lozengy, argent and gules
Of Frickley and later Burghwallis. This family came to
prominence after the appointment of William de
Aune who was appointed constable/governor of
Tickhill Castle. The
pedigree of this family is given in Hunter's
South Yorkshire.23 Arms: Gules
three bucks' heads, caboshed argent attired Or.
Mauley of Doncaster and Mulgrave near
Whitby. Their preferred place of residence was Mulgrave Castle. Arms: Or a bend sable.
[Hunter, J. South Yorkshire. vol. II.]
[Novo Mercato] This family succeeded the
Reinevilles at Campsall but lost their caput
at Bentley in the early part of Edward I's
reign to Robert Tibetot of Suffolk. His son
Payn died at Strivelin, Stirlingshire
(Bannockburn) in 1314. By 1316 Bentley was
possessed by William Sampson whilst the
Newmarches continued to hold Womersley until
the reign of Henry IV. [Hunter, J. South
Yorkshire. vol. II.]
gules three fusils in fess or (a fess deeply
indented). There is a question that there may
have been five fusils or indents. An addition
may have included an alternate with sable a
lion rampant argent, following the arms of
their overlords, the De Laci's.
Bretton Priory commonly known as 'Burton Abbey'. The Arms of the
priory at Lundwood near Monk Bretton and
Barnsley, are given as: Sable in chief two covered cups, in base a cross
formée (patée) argent.25 [But they can also be more generally displayed as
covered cups - see below] The remains of
this priory lie in the valley of the River
Dearne in South Yorkshire. The religious house was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, the
arms at one time appearing on a shield above the main gateway. These arms have been
mentioned by Hunter and Bellamy as being
similar [three covered cups] to the Butler arms
over the west door of the church at Skelbrooke but the field and
tincture in the latter case were gules and or.
'Over the gateway was an escutcheon of stone, whereon were three covered cups, as they seemed to be in A.D. 1670.'
[Le Butler, Botiler, Botiller] of Skelbrooke. Arms:
Gules, three covered cups, or. These arms are
similar to those of St. Mary Magdalene as seen
in the arms found on the Priory Church at Lanercost
which appear there beside a niche containing
the saint's image. This may be the king's
thanks for victory at the battle of Falkirk on
St. Magdalenes Feast Day 1298, traditionally
the 22nd July.
|Arms of St. Mary
Magdalene at Lanercost Priory Church with the
saint's image, said to have been
donated by King Edward I who stayed
here periodically during his wars with
Scotland. Mary's arms are clearly three
Woolley [John de Staynton], Riddings or
Rhyddings by Ackworth Moortop [Godfrey de
Staynton], Prior of Monk Bretton Priory
1338-1349 [William de Staynton], nun and
prioress of Kirklees Priory [Elizabeth de
Staynton, daughter of John de Staynton of
Woolley Hall.]. Arms: Argent a fess between
three crosses patée (formée) gules, a lion
passant or. This, Hunter suggests highlights
the 'devotional turn of the family', the
crosses patée indicating an affiliation with
Monk Bretton Priory.
There appear to be two variants of the Mauleverer arms one has a field
gules while the other has a field sable.
Field of gules Mauleverer of Ingleby Arncliffe (nr.
Northallerton) was said to carry Gules three running leverers argent with golden collars.
[A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 2
More precisely, Gules, three greyhounds, courant (in pale), argent, collared, or.
These are claimed as being those of William Mauleverer born
1220, Sir William Mauleverer b. 1379-1463
& William Mauleverer (1557-1618) of
Allerton Maulever not Ingleby Arncliffe.
Less precisely- Malore (Maulevere) A greyhound current (running) Gules, collared and ringed
or. [Collectanea topographica et genealogica. p. 75.]
Sire William Mauleverer, de argent, a iij leverers de goules. [A Roll of Arms of the Reign of Edward the Second. Nicholas Harris Nicholas (ed.), 1829, p. 96.]
Sire William Mauleverer - Argent, three greyhounds gules. [A Roll of Arms of the Reign of Edward the Second. Nicholas Harris Nicholas (ed.), 1829, p. 133. Under Ordinary of the Arms]
Field of sable William Mauleverer, Sable, three greyhounds courant, argent in pale, collared or.
(1470-1551). [Maulevere Coat of Arms of Woodersome from the Visitation of Yorkshire.]
Sable, three greyhounds, current in pale argent collared or. Claimed for Sir Richard Mauleverer of Arncliffe
at the Conquest: [The History of Cleveland, in the North Riding of the County of York. p. 122. John Graves]
Maulever of Arnclife: Sable, three greyhounds, courrant in pale argent collared
or. [Complete American Armoury and Blue Book. John Matthews, Peter Matthews.]
There is a claimed descendancy from Sir Richard Mauleverer. Also the same arms in De Controversia in Curia Militari Inter Ricardum Le Scrope. Volume 2, p. 181. Sir Richard Le Scrope for Sir William Maulever b. 1346 a son of Sir William Mauleverer of Woodsom, Yorkshire.
Mauleverer of Allerton Mauleverer: claimed to be Sable, three greyhounds, current, in pale argent collared, or.
[The History of the Castle, Town, and Forest of Knaresbrough: With Harrogate. p. 360. Ely Hargrove]
An entirely different arms is given for Sir John Maleverer for about 1312:
Sire Johan Mauleverer - de goules, od la chef de or, a un baston goboune de argent e de azure. [A Roll of Arms of the Reign of Edward the Second. Nicholas Harris Nicholas (ed.), 1829, p. 94.]
Gules, a chief or, a baton gobony argent and azure*. [A Roll of Arms of the Reign of Edward the Second. Nicholas Harris Nicholas (ed.), 1829, p. 151. Under Ordinary of the Arms]
* i.e. a couped bend argent and azure.
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2. History of
the Beaumonts of Whiteley
- Designs of Wonder.
4. The Genealogy of the Saviles' of Derbyshire.
7. Fairburn, James. Fairburn's Crests
of the Families of Great Britain & Ireland.,
New Orchard Editions, 1986.
8. The Yorkshire Archaeological
Sixteenth and seventeenth-century
heraldic manuscripts by William Dugdale, Norroy King of Arms and
others, which once belonged to the Horsley family York herald-painters,
and many pedigrees and other items of interest to genealogists and local
9. Dugdale William, Visitation of Yorkshire
1665-66 [Held by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society,
23, Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9NZ, Tel: 0113
2456362 Fax: 0113 244
1979, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org]
10. Woodcock Martin, Robinson John, The
Oxford Guide to Heraldry, O.U.P., 1988.
11. Bedingfield Henry, Heraldry, Bison
12. Hunter, Joseph. Hallamshire, London,
13. E-mail communication with David Alexander
Richard Waterton-Anderson unproven claimant to the lordship of Everingham
of Laxton, Notts. January
14. Dennys, Rodney. Heraldic Imagination.
Barry & Jenkins, 1975.
15. Foster, Joseph. Pedigrees of the County
Families of Yorkshire Vol I : West Riding, London. 1874
16. Weir, Alison. The Wars of the Roses.
Jonathan Cape. London. 1995.
17. Whitaker, T. D. An History of the Original
parish of Whalley and Honour of Clitheroe. George Routledge and Sons. London
18. E-mail from Edward Beaumont
Edward has much unpublished work relating to the Bellomontes of West Yorkshire.
19. Watson, M.A. Rev. The History and Antiquities of Halifax
 citing Book of Arms of Yorkshire by William Fairfax
20. Woodcock, Thomas & Robinson, John. M.,
The Oxford Guide to Heraldry,
21.Ekblom, Einar. The
place-names of Wiltshire, their origin and
history, 1917, p. 48.
22.Cited in Ahier, Philip. The Legends and
Traditions of Huddersfield and its District.
1945, p. 133.
Hunter, J. South Yorkshire. vol. II, p.
Ibid. p. 384-385.
Tottington, A History of the County of
Lancaster: Volume 5 (1911), pp.
Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms. Vol. I. p.
Burton. Monasticon Eboracense, (1758), p.
91; Y.A.J., vol. 27, (1924), p. 304.
* = A sea-mew
is a seagull, a mew is a hawk or falcon
# = bees may be drones or flies, these
represent efficient industry.
Or. = gold colour.
Gu.= Gules = red.
Az. = azure/ blue.
Sa. = sable colour i.e. black.
Arg. = argent = silver colour.
Ermine [from the stoat] = A white flecked
field with black ermine tails some claim to royalty,
nobility or the judiciary.
Vert = green.
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