What was the Higginbotham social status before and after the war of the roses?

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I am trying to find out the social status of before and after the War of the Roses. I know from what my history and wikipedia say that we sided with the Lancasters in 1454 or so, and because we sided with them we have a red rose on our crest. Because of the Bow and Arrow over the Helm I wonder if they were peasants before the war started, or were we of nobility at the time of the start of the war. As well as which battles we fought in, and at if it comes up, which battles did we die in. Any information over the Higginbotham family in the war would be very much appriciated. I am working on a project over the war of the roses and the little we did help with the war.

The most that I know is the Higginbothams were archers in the war which were a easy to learn weapon. So that draws the question of "what status were they?" out into the open, and none of the sites and books I have read date that far back in history, at least not in the England part. If you guys and girls know anything please help a man out. Thank you.
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When were the arms granted? Have you tried the Royal College of Arms (I think that's the correct title) who may be able to help here?

Whereabouts do your Higginbothams originate from? I recognise it as a West Riding of Yorkshire name in origin and structure, but there are of course other sources.

The longbow, by the way was not an easy weapon to learn, but required great skill and strength in use. Training at the butts was compulsory for all of the lower classes. It began at an early age and had to be kept up by constant practice, which was why many kings of this period forbade games like football which took men away from their practice.
by Chris Brownbridge G2G3 (3.1k points)
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The Heginbotham/Higginbotham families occur in various locations in northern England and are not necessarily related

the red rose coat of arms relates to the Marple (Cheshire) family
by J G G2G Rookie (230 points)

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