ARMS OF SOME OF THE FAMILIES ALLIED TO THE STOREYS.
- WILSON, of Penrith, Cumberland, and of Melborne, Lincolnshire, granted 24th March, 1588. Per pale,
argent and azure, three Hons' gambs erased, fessewise in pale, counterchanged. Crest, a lion's head argent
guttee de sang.
- WILSON, of Field House, Brancepeth, Durham. Sable, a wolf salient or, in chief, three estoiles of the
last. (He was secretary to the last Nevill. Earl of Westmorland.) Wilson, of Inverness, bears arms similar
to the Wilsons of Brancepeth.
- WILSON-CARUS. Three wolves' heads couped sable, vulned in the neck proper tor Wilson. Crest, a
crescent or, issuing names of fire proper. (See Wilson, of Kendal.)
- WILSON, of Abbot Hall, Westmorland. Argent, a wolf rampant vert, on a chief a fleur de lis, between
two estoiles, or. Crest, a demi-wolf rampant.
(Forty-three Wilsons entered in Burke's "Dictionary of Heraldry.")
- WOOD, Yorkshire. Azure, three woodmen in fesse proper with clubs and targets. (Eighty-one Woods in
Burke's Dictionary of Heraldry.")
- WOODS. Or, on a mount vert, a wolf statant, under a tree proper out of a mural coronet, or, a demi-man
wreathed about his loins and temples vert. holding a griffen's head erased, in the dexter hand, and
supporting a club in the other hand, over the left shoulder.
- WOOD, of Calpny. An ancient Aberdeen family. (See Pont's MSS.) Azure, an oak tree eradicated, or. There
are arms of Wood, of Craig, Scotland; Wood, of Grangehaugh, Scotland; a scion of Bonnington Woods; Wood,
of Largs. Some of the Woods bear three naked savages.
- The GREIGS of Edinburgh, to whom the Storeys of Lancaster are allied, bear as follow:- Gules, three
dexter hands argent, within a bordure, or. Crest, a dexter arm in armour embowed, brandishing a scimetar
proper. Motto: Strike Sure.
by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, 1895, says (p. 49) "There is no
authority established for the Atkinson Arms, which are given as gules, a double-headed eagle,
displayed argent, on a chief of the last, three mullets of the first. Crest, an eagle with
wings expanded and inverted argent." Burke quotes it as a falcon. Motto: True to the End.
The Rev. Francis Hone Atkinson, son of Francis Atkinson, bore the above arms. (Atkinson,
of Morland Hall, J.P. for Cumberland and Westmorland.) William Adair Atkinson, of Belford
Hall, Northumberland, carried similar arms.
The following extract from "A Westmorland Village," by S. H. Scott (see pages 66, 67, 68 and 69), will be
perused with interest: It may come as a surprise to many people, as it certainly was to the writer, to
learn that armorial bearings were ever thought of by the statesmen families, since 'stateman' is generally
translated 'yeoman,' and the most usual definition of a yeoman would be a man who held land, but did not
aspire to arms; this being almost the only characteristic which distinguished him from the smaller gentry,
who were very little superior to him in wealth or in education, and with whom he frequently
"A recent writer has expressed his disappointment at the discovery complaining that an armigerous
statesman is an anomaly. 'Turn a statesman into an armiger,' he says, 'and he loses all interest at
"It appears that the statesmen families cannot justify their assumption of arms by showing grants from
the College of Arms, nor are their coats noted in the records of the Visitations. In this the statesman
is in like case with some of the best blood in other parts of the country, whose undoubted right to arms
has never been called in question, but who were either ignored by the visiting heralds, or who more
probably sent them about their business with a curse on their Impertinent inquiries. This is no place for
a discussion of this much disputed question, on which much good ink has already been expended. For the
curious in such matters the literature on the subject is already sufficiently extensive.
"It should be remembered, however, that the position assumed by the champions ot the College ot Arms is
assailed by the leading authorities on genealogy and heraldry. Rightly or wrongly the tact remains
that, at a period long anterior to the wholesale adoption of 'crests,' these escutcheons were borne by the
leading statesmen families, and there is no record of interference with their privileges on the part of
any heraldic authority. Doubtless the hardships and difficulties of a tour in the more remote valleys of
the Lake country would