Friday, 18 October 2013

John Picton, 1486

To all true xpen people these prsent tres reeding heering or seeing: I Thomas Clarenceu principall herauld and King of Arms of all the south partes of this Realme of England sende due and humble recommendacons and greetings as it belongeth in our Lord God euerlasting fforasmuch as many persons of their noble & gentle courage, be moued & stirred to exercise good virtues and Comendable maners and noble condicions, by which with gods grace they shall nowe atteigne vnto the perfection of great honor & noblenes of which persons, one there is in especiall called John Picton, borne of the county of Chester gent. whose Ancestors were most in habit in the same county, by whom I the said King of Armes, haue been tenderly prayed & required to make throw serch for the uery Armes of his predecessors, at whose instance I haue soe done, with all goodly diligence, and haue founde that the right Armes of the said John Picton, and his Predecessors bee theise that is to saye: Hee beareth sable a Lyon golde enarmed gules the field gowty of the same Lyon, the creast upon the healme halfe a Lyon gules enarmed golde, sett within a wreath gules & azure, the mantles sable gowty gold furred with ermyn as more plainly appeareth here in the margin depict. which Armes and Creast I the said King testifying the same, ratyfie and confirme vnto the said John and his posterity, he and they to haue occupy and enioye the same Armes and Crest, vowably in likewise as their pdecessors haue done herefore, and therein to bee reuested at their pleasures, to their honor without any empechment, interruption, or lett of any person or persons of the said prouince for euermore. In witness whereof, I the said King of Armes to these psents haue put to the seale of myne Armes of Authority, and signed the same with myne hand the yeere of our Lord God mcccclxxxvi and our souereigne Lord Henry 7 the first yere: Clarencew King of Armes

Harleian Society Publications Volumes 76-77: A Collection of Miscellaneous Grants by Willoughby A. Littledale (London: J. Whitehead & Son, 1925)

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