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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey


For particulars of Indentures, Releases, Final Concords, etc., down to August, 1832, temp. Leonard Redmayne and William Treasure Redmayne, see Cross Fleury's Journal, Nos. 107-110, 111 and 112.

Sir Thomas Storey purchased the estates of Bailrigg and Hazelrigg in 1887.


Branches of the Story or Storey family, especially those indigenous to the North of England, have for ages borne on their coat of arms as a principal charge, a stork, a crane or a heron. Let us first inquire into the character and nature of these birds, for in old armorial bearings very great care was exercised in, and special reasons assignable for, the adoption of this or that charge. It is very different to-day. Many a blazon is not worth the colouring used in creating it. On this we need say nothing more. The stork is mentioned in Scripture five times. The Hebrew name for it is Chasedah or Chasidah. In the 17th verse of the civ. Psalm we read " As tor the stork the fir trees are her house." See also Jeremiah viii. and 7. This wading bird, taking its name from the Danish Stalken, to stalk, or Frisian Slaurke to strut, is said to typify pity or mercy, and will defend its young to death. It is likewise considered the emblem of education. In a work published by Charles Knight in 1833, " The Domestic Habits of Birds," the author says, in chapter xii., p. 213: "Another bird celebrated for instructing its young is the stork. When the wings of the young storks begin to grow they are said to try their strength in fluttering about the nest, though it often happens tliat in tills exercise some of them fall and are unable to regain their place. When they first venture to commit themselves to the air, the mother leads them in small circumvolutions about the nest, whither she conducts them back; and about the end of August, the young ones having acquired strength unite with the old ones, for the purpose of migration (v. Buf fan's Oiseaux, vol. viii.). "When the young storks," says Bonnet, as if speaking from observation, "begin to try their wings, the mother fails not to watch over them and conduct them. She exercises them little by little in short nights around the nest, to which she soon conducts them again. She continues her attention for a long time, and docs not abandon them until their education is completed."

The eagle instructs its young in flying, but does not, like the stork, prolong their education, for it mercilessly drives them away before they are thoroughly taught, and forces them to provide tor their own wants. All the tyrants of the air act in the same manner. Yet though this seems cruel and shocking, when we consider their close relationship, it assumes a different aspect considering also the kind of life these voracious birds lead. Destined to subsist by rapine and carnage, bandits and brigands of the atmosphere, they would soon produce a famine among their race if many of them dwelt or remained in the same district. For this reason they hasten to drive away their young at a certain age from their boundaries, and then if a scarcity of provisions occur, the male and female put one another to death.

The crane is the most celebrated bird among the ancients, and Aristotle places it at the head of gregarious birds; while Festus, the Grammarian, is of opinion that the word congruous and similar derivatives are from Grues, the Latin name (Grus) of the crane. "Congruere," says Festus, "quasi ut grues conveniere" (v. De Significatiare Verborum ex Verio Flacio). "Cranes," says Aristotle, "have a leader, as well as sentinels placed in their rear rank, so that their alarum-call may be heard." Speaking of the migration of cranes, Pliny tells us that " they put not themselves in their journey nor set forward without a counsel called before, and a general consent. They fly aloft because they would have a better prospect to see before them; and for this purpose they elect a captain to guide them whom the rest follow. In the rearward behind there be certain of them set and disposed to give signal by their manner of cry tor to range orderly in ranks, and keep close together in array; and this they do by turns, each one in his course. They maintain