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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey


deter the most enterprising herald from prosecuting his inquiries, 'and any official,' says the late Mr. R. S. Ferguson, Chancellor of Carlisle, 'who had ventured to call in question the right of these warlike yeomen to exercise their heraldic fancies would have run a grave risk of being made a spatchcock of, in other words, of his head being stuck in a rabbit hole and his legs staked to the ground.'


The Browne of Orresthead was William Browne, an offshoot of our family who got the property through marrying the daughter of Martin Dixon, of that place. I have Martin's will, dated 1637. I will send you an extract when I send you anything more.

The Rowland Browne you mention was a Browne of Townfoot; he married Agnes, daughter of Wm. Browne, of Orresthead, 1703, and died at Tichill in the County of York; he was an Officer of Excise. He had a daughter, Agnes, and also a Mary and a son, George, who was the last Browne of Townfoot. Mary married Thos. Preston, and her daughter having succeeded the last George at Townfoot, she was twice married, but left no issue.


  • Or, a lion rampant within a bordure azure. Motto: Tout pour I'amour rien par force (All for love, nothing by force). Arms of Story of Kirklinton, Kirk Andrews and Penrith. Crest, a cherub's head.
  • Storey of Rothbury (Flotterton parish), Catholic branch. Argent, a lion rampant purpure, on the shoulder a cross pattee, or. Crest, a stork's head erased, gorged with a mural crown. Motto: Deus meus et patria, (God and my Country).
  • Mr. George Adolphus Storey, R.A., bears similar arms to the Storeys of Flotterton, Rothbury.
    Sture, Sturry (ancient). Argent, a lion rampant purpure, tail nowed and forked, armed and coroneted, or. (No crest given nor yet motto.)
  • Story of Kneeveton, Notts. and Lockington, Co. Leicester. Per fesse dancettee, argent and sable, three Cornish choughs counterchanged (ravens). Crest, upon a wreath of laurel vert, a Cornish chough proper. Motto: Verus honor honeslas (Truly honour is honesty).
  • Joseph Story, eminent Jurist of Boston, U.S.A., and Dane Professor of Law, Harvard University. Argent, a lion rampant, double queued, gules. Motto: Fides vincit et veritas custodit (Faith will conquer and Truth maintain it).
  • One of the oldest families in England, according to Norroy, King of Arms, bore the foregoing, id est, outside the peerage.
  • The Rev. George Storey, of Isleworth, bore a shield azure with three storks. Crest and motto not given.
  • Bishop Edward Storey, of Chichester, formerly of Carlisle, bore argent and sable, three storks. No motto.
  • Berry's "Encyclopaedia" gives a Story with arms as follow:- Argent, a lion rampant, tail nowed purpure. Crest, an escallop, or, between two eagles' wings proper.
  • Story of Colwich (Thoroton's Notts.), 4th Henry VIII., was as follow:- Three crosslets pattee upon a fesse.
  • The Shawe-Storeys and Storeys of Ascot are the same. They bear arms quarterly, indented argent and sable three falcons, counterchanged. Motto: Sola virtus reddit nobilem (Virtue alone ensures nobility).
  • Storey of Camberwell and Woodmansterne Manor, Vicars of Camberwell, came from the North.
  • Storey, of Waltham. Essex, Joseph Storey's arms. Per fesse, azure and gules, a lion rampant, argent, between two bees volant in chief, or (1888). Crest and motto not given.
  • 1891. Story, of Wilts, bear Argent, a lion rampant purpure, between four bugle horns, saltire-wise sable.
  • Story-Maskelyne, of Lydiard Manor. Tregos, and Box, in Wilts, also of Gloucester, and