The Armorial Bearings recorded
Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral
illustrated in colour by
Martin S. J. Goldstraw
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
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.
Illustration of the
Arms of Peter Bold taken from the original
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.
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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