Saturday 1 May 2021

Heraldic Puns abound in Cheshire - Birchell of Birchell

A rather tenuous pun is that of Birchell. Is it conceivable that the tree which is part of the crest of Birchell of Birchell is not an oak but is really intended for a birch tree? Is it possible, or credible, that the heralds, at their Visitations, erroneously blazoned what should have been a bich tree as an oak? If so, it is, in my humble opinion, an opportunity missed.

Birchells of Birchells (Birtles)

Arms: Quarterly 1 & 4 Argent on a chevron between three cross- crosslets fitchee Azure, as many fleur-de-lis of the field.

2 & 3 Sable, three chevronels Or, each charged with as many fleur-de-lis Gules.

Crest: A lion rampant Azure, supporting an oak tree eradicated Vert, fructed Or.   

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