You know what it’s like, you read a blazon and it is somehow different to the norm? Well today I set about emblazoning the arms of Lee of Darnhall, from the Cheshire Visitations of 1666, when I questioned the blazon for the crest, doubting what I had transcribed. Was the blazon really “On a ducal coronet Or a leopard's face Sable? Surely it must be “Issuing from a ducal coronet Or a leopard's face Sable”? A quick check in Burke’s G.A. confirmed the Visitations record. Or… perhaps it just confirmed the Visitations mistake!
Either way, it is interesting to note that the entry in Burke’s records that from this family the Earls of Lichfield were a branch; the chief line removed from Lee to Darnhall temp Charles I and became extinct in the male line at the decease of General Charles Lee, the American General.
Lee of Darnhall
1 Argent, a chevron between three leopards' faces Sable [Lee]
2 Sable a scythe in bend sinister Argent [Lee]
3 Sable, two bars Argent on a canton of the first a garb Or [Weever]
4 Or a chevron between three tau crosses Azure [ ]
Crest: On a ducal coronet Or a leopard's face Sable.