Thursday, 25 November 2010

Brereton of Ashley

Back in September of last year I wrote about the 12th quarter in the arms of Brereton of Ashley as recorded in the Visitations of 1613; it is recorded as being Gules, a lion rampant Sable guttee de l'armes but is marked as being "dubious". In the earlier Visitations of 1533 to 1580 this quarter, which remains unidentified, is recorded as Gules, a lion rampant Ermines. I have since discovered that the arms of Brereton of Ashley are also noted in another MS; Harl.1170 and are in fact illustrated.

Brereton of Ashley Harl.1170

The quarterings are: 

1 Argent, two bars Sable [Brereton]2 Argent, an inescutcheon within a double tressure counter flory Gules [Scotland]3 Or, three piles in point Gules [Scot Earl of Chester]4Quarterly; 1 & 4 (Kevelioc and Lupus) 2 & 3 Azure, three garbs Or (Kevelioc Earl of Chester)5 Gules, three pheons Argent [pro Egerton inherited from Belward, Baron of Malpas]6 Azure, three garbs Or [Kevelioc Earl of Chester]7 Azure, a wolf’s head erased Argent (in this image he appears to have a ring in his mouth!) [Lupus Earl of Chester]8 Argent a cross flory Azure [pro Egerton inherited from Malpas, baron of Malpas]
9 Argent, a lion rampant Gules between three (sometimes six … here ten) pheons Sable [Egerton of Egerton]
10 Or, two ravens in pale Sable [Corbet of Leighton]
11 Ermine, five chevronels Gules, on a canton of the second a lion passant Or [Orreby]
12 Gules, two lions pasant Argent, a label of three points Or [Strange of Dalby]13 Quarterly Argent and Gules, over all on a bend Sable three mullets of the first [Ashley]
14 Gules, three cross-crosslets fitchee Or, a chief of the second charged with a crescent for difference [Arderne]
15 Argent, on a bend engrailed Sable, an annulet Or [Radcliffe]16 Argent, a griffin segreant Gules [Chaderton]17 Quarterly, Argent and Gules, a bend Azure [Timperley]

18 Gules, a lion rampant Argent [unidentified]

It is believed that there is no real evidence to substantiate the descent bringing in the quarterings of the earls of Chester line.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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