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The Armorial Bearings recorded in the
Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates

illustrated in colour by Martin S. J. Goldstraw

Mrs. Alice Birkenhead, 1632.
Arms:(in a lozenge*) Quarterly of 15: 1 and 15, Argent, three chevronels Gules between as many martlets Sable, a crescent for difference; 2, Argent, a chevron Sable between three pellets; 3, Azure, a chevron between three garbs Or; 4, Gules, a crescent Or between three cinquefoils Argent; 5, Argent, a chevron Purpure between three leopards' faces Sable; 6, Argent, a bend engrailed Sable, in sinister chief an escallop Gules; 7, Azure, a cross couped the ends flory Argent between four martlets; 8, Argent, a lion rampant Purpure; 9, Argent, a cross raguly Gules; 10, Argent, two bars Gules in chief three mullets of the second; 11, Azure, a chevron between three covered cups Or; 12, Sable, three shacklebolts Argent; 13, Vert, three buglehorns Argent stringed Or; 14, Azure, a lion rampant Argent.     

N.B. These are the arms of Singleton. Mrs. Birkenhead was the daughter of John Singleton of Stenninge, Lancashire.
No tincture is stated for the martlets in quarter 7. M.G.

* Note dated 3rd August 2017: The more I play with sketches of these arms, the more I find that the concept of them on a lozenge is silly and utterly impractical. I have no idea whether they were ever actually painted in such a way or whether this is simply a paper record of the blazon that someone, without giving the matter a great deal of thought, decided should be on a lozenge to represent a lady. A simple sketch of the 1,2,3,3,3,2,1 layout with the fields tinctured appropriately looks like a brick wall covered in graffiti. Begin to add charges and ordinaries and I quickly found that the oblong nature of most of the quarters which also have sloping sides makes the addition of ordinaries such as chevrons look horribly distorted and leaves little room for the charges (especially if they happen to be adjacent to one of the sloping sides). Lozenges are awkward enough for single shields, one of 15 quarters is, I have decided, utterly ridiculous. I shall note that the original (which has no image) states "on a lozenge" but I shall depict the image upon a shield.

Robert Blease, Alderman, 1631.
Arms: Argent, on a saltire between four crescents Sable a crescent Or for difference, on a chief Azure a garb between two martlets Or.                                                                                            

Peter Bold, Esquire, 1605.
Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th Argent, a gryphon passsant (sic) Sable charged on the shoulder with a crescent of the field. 2nd, Argent, a fesse between in chief three fleurs-de-lys and in base a leopard's face all Sable*. 3rd, Gules, three cross-crosslets fitchee two and one Or a chief of the last.           

* This appears to be an incorrect blazon. The second quarter, that of Warwicke, is recorded in the Visitations of Cheshire (1533 to 1580 and 1613) as Gules, a fesse Or, in chief three fleur-de-lis and in base a leopards face all of the second.                                                                                                    

Illustration of the Arms of Peter Bold  taken from the original publication.

Dame Katherine Booth, 1639.
Arms: Argent, three boars' heads erased and erect Sable (with the Ulster badge) impaling Argent, a chevron between three crosses flory Sable.                                                                                 

Mrs. Vere Booth, 1629.
Arms: (in a lozenge*); Quarterly 1 and 4, Argent, a lion rampant Gules between three pheons Sable a crescent for difference; 2 and 3, Or, three piles in point Gules on a canton Argent a griffin segreant Sable a label of  ... points... the four quarterings within a bordure engrailed Sable.

N.B. These are the arms of Egerton. Mrs. Booth was the daughter and coheir of Sir Thomas Egerton Kt.      

* Per my earlier comments, I have not emblazoned this achievement on a lozenge.

An example of these arms, without the bordure and cadency marks of crescent and label, can be found here:

Sir John Booth, Knight, 1678.
Arms: Quarterly of 6: 1 and 6, Argent, three boars' heads erect and erased Sable; 2, Argent, a fesse engrailed Gules. 3, Azure, two bars Argent in chief as many mullets of the second. 4, Bendy of ten Or and [Azure]; 5, Argent, a mullet Sable. Over all a crescent for difference Gules.

Crest: A lion passant Argent.
Motto: Quod ero spero.                                            


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