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The Armorial Bearings  Exemplified in  The Cheshire Visitations
illustrated in colour by Martin S. J. Goldstraw


Marbury of Marbury
Arms: Quarterly of eight:
1 & 8 Sable, a cross between four pheons Argent [Marbury]
2 Or, on a fess engrailed Azure three garbs of the first [Marbury Ancient]
3 Argent, a lion rampant Gules, collared Or [Redish]
4 Sable, three asses' heads caboshed Argent [ ? ]
5 Vert, a cross patonce Or [Boydell]
6 Argent, on a fess Sable three mullets of the field [Boydell?]
7 Gules [Argent] a castle triple towered Argent [Gules] [Doncaster]*

Crest: On a cap of maintenance Gules, turned up Argent, five bezants, a sarecen's head couped at the neck proper, wreathed round the temples Or and Azure.           

*N.B. There appears to have been some uncertainty in the mind of the herald (or the person transcribing the manuscript) as to the precise tinctures of quarter 7. Theseare the arms of William De Doncaster, Mayor of Chester 1316 to 1318. The correct blazon should be:
Argent, a castle triple towered Gules; sometimes depicted with a court yard Argent, a keep in chief, a gateway in base, and walls at the flanches, with five towers at the various corners of the building. I'm not surprised it says "sometimes", the "sometimes" bits make it far too complicated !!                                                                                                           

Marbury of Walton
Arms: Quarterly of four, a crescent in fess-point for cadency:
1 & 4 [Sable], a cross between four pheons [Argent] [Marbury]
2 & 3 [Or], on a fess engrailed [Azure] three garbs [of the field] [Marbury Ancient]

Second Shield: Sable, a cross engrailed between four spear-heads Argent [Marbury]

Crest: A Garb ....

Massey of Aldford

Arms: Quarterly -
1 & 4 Quarterly Gules and Or, in the first quarter a lion passant Argent, a crescent for difference in the centre point.
2 & 3 Argent, on a chevron Azure three garbs Or [Cradock]
The four quarterings within a bordure gobony Argent and Azure.
Crest: An owl Sable, collared gobony Argent and Azure.                                                               

Massey of Broxton

Arms: Arms: Quarterly Gules and Or, in the first and fourth quarters three fleur-de-lis Argent, in the centre point a crescent on a mullet for difference.                                            

Massey of Denfield (
= Massy of Tatton)
Arms: Quarterly, Gules and Or, in 1 & 4 three escallops Argent                                                           


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