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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.")
  5. WOOD, Yorkshire. Azure, three woodmen in fesse proper with clubs and targets. (Eighty-one Woods in Burke's Dictionary of Heraldry.")
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
"Armorial Families," 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 intermarried.

"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 once.'

"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