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Crest A buglehorn stringed Motto SPERO MELIORA
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This is either the stamp of the recipient of the prize book or possibly that of the donor. Fairbairn offers 49 possible owners for the crest, while for the motto Fairbairn gives 32 possibilities, Burke’s General armory a further 17. However, none of these gives the crest and motto together. For the motto the closest is that for Hunter of Burnside, (“Spero”) and for Daunt of Owlpen Manor Gloucestershire is “Vigilo et spero”.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Crest A bull’s head erased transfixed of an arrow Motto PRODESSE QUAM CONSPICI
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None of the names associated with the motto match the crest (Cocks, Lord Somers; Chamberlayne; Cookesey; Cox; Grote; Leigh) Fairbairn’s Crests provide 2 examples of the crest: plate 44/6 Walcott; and plate 273/6 Hayter
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Unidentified Stamp
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Arms A chevron between three escallops [made from separate pieces]
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Probably either James Graham (1682-1742), 4th Marquess of Montrose, created 1st Duke of Montrose in 1707; or Sir Thomas Lyttelton (1686-1751) of Frankley, Worcestershire.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Arms A chevron between three mullets of six points pierced
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It is suggested that the arms are those of John Davies of Vine-hall in Sussex Gent whose arms were Argent a chevron sable between three mullets gules pieced or argent. The arms Or a chevron between three mullets pierced sable were the arms of Sir Thomas Davies, Lord Mayor of London in 1677. Either would be possible though Papworth offers a wilderness of other possibilities. The style of the stamp suggests the beginning rather than the end of the seventeenth century. Other possibilities suggested are: Henry Mordaunt, 4th Baron Mordaunt (ca. 1568-1609) John Mordaunt, 1st Earl of Peterborough (b. 1599)
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Unidentified Stamp
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Arms A chevron between three mullets pierced
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It is suggested that the arms are those of John Davies of Vine-hall in Sussex Gent whose arms were Argent a chevron sable between three mullets gules pieced or argent. The arms Or a chevron between three mullets pierced sable were the arms of Sir Thomas Davies, Lord Mayor of London in 1677. Either would be possible though Papworth offers a wilderness of other possibilities.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Arms A chevron between three wolves heads erased Crest A wolf's head erased Helmet of an Esquire
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According to Guillim (6th ed. p. 193) the arms of Thomas Flood of Millgate, Kent are Vert a chevron between 3 wolves heads erased argent; the arms were granted in 1572. Burke’s General armory gives Gower, of Woodhall, Droitwich, Worcesterhire; also Gower, of Earl’s Court, Worcestershire, both of which match the stamp.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Arms A chevron between three wolves heads erased Crest A wolf's head erased Helmet of an Esquire
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According to Guillim (6th ed. p. 193) the arms of Thomas Flood of Millgate, Kent are Vert a chevron between 3 wolves heads erased argent; the arms were granted in 1572. Burke’s General armory claims Gower, of Woodhall, Droitwich, Worcesterhire; also Gower, of Earl’s Court, Worcestershire match the stamp.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Arms Sable on a chevron argent between in chief two griffins heads couped and in base a lion rampant an anchor between two estoiles (unidentified) impaling Sable a greyhound courant between two bars argent (unidentified) Crest A cubit arm in armour with a serpent wound round it holding a spear in fess Motto VALET PRUDENTIA VIRTUS
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Neither stamp nor motto are in Fairbairn’s Crests, Burke’s General armory, nor Papworth.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Crest A cubit arm in armour with a serpent wound round it holding a spear in fess
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Neither stamp nor motto are in Fairbairn’s Crests, Burke’s General armory, nor Papworth.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Arms On a chevron between in chief two lions combattant and in base a garb three annulets Crest Out of a ducal coronet a griffin’s head erased holding a broken arrow point downwards Motto SPES MEA IN DEO
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Motto not in Burke's General armory, nor in Fairbairn's Crests. Arms not in Papworth. Crest not in Fairbairn.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Badge A cinquefoil pierced ermine Coronet of an Earl
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Possibly William Hamilton, 11th Duke of Hamilton (1811-1863), who before 1819 was styled Earl of Angus. However, his dates cast doubt on this supposition.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Crest A cock
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One of several similar crests that could be possible. Cf. Ducarel.
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Crest A cock
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Unlikely to be Cressy, whose name is inscribed on the titlepage of one of the books cited. Fairbairn’s Crests, plate 91/2 lists 143 families who used this crest.
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Crest A cock standing on a garb
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Fairbairn’s Crests, plate 91/4 gives the following possibilities: Churchman; Cocksey [Cookesey, Cooksey]; Coventry; Gerney; Jopp; Justice; Wyman.
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Crest A cockatrice wings displayed tail nowed Coronet of a Viscount
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Fairbairn’s Crests gives the following families as bearers of this crest: Baillie of Scotland, Benger of Kent; Cooke; Hewett; Hunloke; Hutchinson; Prendergast of Ireland; Trevor; and Twisden or Twysden. For the last he gives various English Baronets of the name. None of the above were viscounts. Burke’s General Armory identifies the family of Cooke who used the crest as having the arms Sable three bends or, Mark Trevor, Viscount Trevor had the crest A wyvern wings elevated and tail nowed sable ducally gorged, but he died and with him the line in 1706. The later peers of that name bore the cockatrice on a chapeau, the family of Twysden produced two baronets but no peers. Parker, James. A glossary of terms used in heraldry adds: Dancye, Lancaster; Langley, Lancaster; Ashenhurst, Derby, none of whom were viscounts
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Unidentified Stamp
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Crest A cockatrice wings displayed tail nowed Coronet of a Viscount
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Fairbairn’s Crests gives the following families as bearers of this crest: Baillie of Scotland, Benger of Kent; Cooke; Hewett; Hunloke; Hutchinson; Prendergast of Ireland; Trevor; and Twisden or Twysden. For the last he gives various English Baronets of the name. None of the above were viscounts. Parker, James. A glossary of terms used in heraldry adds: Dancye, Lancaster; Langley, Lancaster; Ashenhurst, Derby, none of whom were viscounts Burke’s General Armory identifies the family of Cooke who used the crest as having the arms Sable three bends or, Mark Trevor, Viscount Trevor had the crest A wyvern wings elevated and tail nowed sable ducally gorged, but he died and with him the line in 1706. The later peers of that name bore the cockatrice on a chapeau, the family of Twysden produced two baronets but no peers.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Crest Out of a ducal coronet a peacock holding in its beak an ear of wheat and a horseshoe
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The stamp would appear to be a peafowl, though without its tail feathers raised (“in pride”), and holding in its beak an ear of wheat and a horseshoe. It is not listed in Fairbairn’s Crests, nor in Papworth.
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Arms Three crescents between in chief two horses and in base a unicorn's head erased Crest A demi lion, a sword blade issuant from his forehead between two laurel branches holding a crescent Motto FRAENA VEL AUREA NOLO
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Arms not in Papworth; crest not in Fairbairns.
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Unidentified Stamp
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Arms On a cross moline an annulet
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Unidentified Stamp
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Crest A demi dragon wings displayed Helmet of an Esquire Motto DOE WELL AND FEARE NOT
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No reference in the sources to the motto or crest could be traced.
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