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Contents

Introduction

This is a page of the Gilbert Name & DNA Study and is in 5 sections:

  • Grants of Arms listed by Joseph Foster (1844-1905) in his Grantees of arms named in docquets and patents to the end of the seventeenth century.
  • Arms detailed by Sir Bernard Burke (1814-1892) in 1884.
  • Coats of Arms detailed in Gilbert Pedigrees in the 16th and 17th century visitations.
  • Other Pictures of Coats of Arms relating to Gilberts.
  • Summary pointing out which families had identical or similar arms.

Images will be inserted in due course as the page develops

The following terms are used a lot and more detail on arms can be found here

Or(Gold), Argent(Silver), Gules(Red), Azure(Blue), Sable(Black), Vert(Green), Tenné(Orange or Tawny?) Purpure(Purple), Sanguine(Bloodcolour).

See also the Complete Guide to Heraldry published in 1909[1] Heraldry for beginners, International Heraldry & Heralds, Bibliography for Research in British & Continental Royal & Noble Lineages & Heraldry.

Some Grants

Grantees of arms named in docquets and patents to the end of the seventeenth century: [2]

Gilbart

Thomas, of Sandwich, Kent, esq., .... Nov. 1595, bv Lee ……. In Add. MS. 14,295, fo. 18 ; Harl. MS. 1359, fo. 16b.

Gilbert

Dorothie, dau. of Richard, wife of John Thompson, Auditor to Queen Elizabeth, granted and allowed 22 May 1559, 1 Queen Elizabeth, by Harvey. Harl. MSS. 1359, fo. 11a and 1115, fo. 16b ; 1561 in Add. MS. 16,940, fo. 52 ; Stowe MS. 702, fo. 115.
Edward, of London, gift .... 15[6]5/6. Harvey’s Grants, Add. MS. 16,940, fo. 45b.
George, of Clare, upon his pretended travailing into Italy and Germany ao predicto (27 Nov. 1577, he aged 22), arms as William, same date with a second difference, . . . ., by R. Cooke. Copy of grant, Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 37, fo. 65.
George of Clare was the first cousin of William Gilbert D.Phys as below of Essex and London.
John, of Woodford, Essex, who was buried at St Lawrence Jewry, nr Guildhall, London, confirmed 1609, by Segar. Harl. MS. 1422, fo. 42b ; Add, MS. 12,225, fo. 46b ; Guil., p. 262.
This is John Gilbert from the Fradley in Staffordshire family.
Thomas, of Northberlingham, Norfolk, at Norwich, 7 Aug. 1576, by Cooke. Add. MS. 14,293, fo. 119, copy of grant, Brit. Mus.
Thomas, of Mayfield, Sussex, grant 8 Nov. 1616, by Segar. Add. MS. 12,225, fo. 46b ; Harl. MS. 6140, fo. 62b
William, of Great Over, als Mickleover, co. Derby, gent., 4 Dec. 1576, by G. Dethick. Harl. MSS. 1441, fo. 85b 6140, fo. 71b and 5887, fo. 43 ; Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 145, fo. 41b.
William, of London, D. Phys., confirmed 27 Nov. 1577, by Cooke. Stowe MS. 676, fo. 50b, copies of grant, Harl. MS. 1685, fo. 19.
Williams Arms are detailed in Berry's Essex Pedigrees as being an Argent, on a chevron between three leopards' faces azure as many roses of the field.[3]
Picture of Arms here

Other Grants

20 June 1562: Grant of Arms to Chris.Wilkinson of Havering atte Bower, gent., viz., 'quaeterlie in the firste quarter for Wilkinson, gules a fece vaire, Between two vnycornes corrant argent. In the secon for Gilbert, ermyns, on a cheueron engraled sables, thre roses argent. In the second for Gilbert, eryns, on a cheueron engraled sables, thre roses argent. In ye third for Lumley argent, a fece gules betwene thre popingeies vert with collers about their neckes gules, with a mollet on the fece for ye difference of third brother and so quarterlie as more playnelie apearith depicted in this mergent'
Recited that it was found 'in the registers and recordes of myne office' that the said Christopher Wylkenson is second son of John Wilkinson of Goldhanger, gent., and wife Jane, daur. and heiress of John Gilbert, son and heir to Nicholas Gilbert and wife Eliz., dau. and heiress of William Lumley, who was third son to Ralph Lumley, 1st. Lord Lumley
Representation of arms, depiction of garter King of Arms in intitial letter and wide decorative border well drawn and coloujred
Signature of William Henry, Clarenceux King of Arms

Burkes

The general armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; by Sir Bernard Burke (1814-1892) in 1884.[4] Earlier edition was Burkes Encyclopædia of heraldry list.[5]

GILBARD (co. Sussex ; Margery, dau. of Gilbard, of that co., m. "AFFABEL Partridge, Esq., of London, Principal Goldsmith vnto our Sou'eyne Lady Quene Elizabeth." Visit. London, 1568). Ar. a talbot pass. sa. on a chief indented of the last three bezants.

GILBARD (co. Devon). Ar. on a chev. sa. three roses of the field. Crest— A squirrel cracking a nut ppr. (another, within a bordure gu.

GILBARD (co. Devon). Erm. on a chev. sa. three roses ar.

GILBERD (quartered by Richard Wilkynson, citizen of London, grandson of John Wilkinson, of Goldhanger, co. Essex, by Jane, dau. and heir of John Gilberd. Visit. London, 1568). Same Arms, the chev. engr.

GILBERT (The Priory, Bodmin, co. Cornwall). Ar. on a chev. gu. three roses of the field. Crest — A squirrel sejant on a hill vert feeding on a crop of nuts ppr. Motto — Mallem mori quam muture.

GILBERT (John Davies Giddy and his two daughters, who, by royal licence, dated 7 Jan. 1818, were authorised to take the surname and arms of Gilbert only). Ar. on a chev. gu. three roses of the field. Crest— A squirrel sejant gu. cracking a nut or.

GILBERT (Trelissick, co. Cornwall, and Eastbonme, co. Sussex ; John Davies Gilbert, Esq., only son and heir of Davies Giddy, Esq., and his wife, Mary Anne, dau. and heiress of Francis Gilbert, Esq., of Eastbourne, assumed, by royal sign manual, dated 10 Dec. 1817, the surname of Gilbert). Same Amu, with a canton gu. for diff. Crest — A squirrel sejant gu. cracking a nut or, charged on the shoulder with a cross crosslet gold for diff. Moto— Teg yw Heddwch.

GILBERT (co. Cornwall, Compton, Bridgerule, and North Petherwin, co. Devon, and Togenton and Bleckington, co. Sussex). Visit. Devon, 1620). Same Ams, a bordure gu., and Crest, without the cross crosslet.

GILBERT (Locko, co. Derby; originally, at a very remote period, of Gilbert's Place, parish of Lullington ; subsequently of Barrow ; William Gilbert Esq., of that place, purchased Locko, temp. Elizabeth, and was ancestor of John Gilbert, Esq., of Locko, who became possessed of Thurgarton Priory, CO. Nottingham, by bequest from the Coopers, and in consequence took the name and arms of Cooper in 1736). Sa. an armed leg couped at the thigh in pale betw. two broken spears ar. headed or. Crest — A dexter arm embowed in armour ppr. the hand darting a broken lance in bend sinister, the point ar. staff or.

Note: The Derbyshire Visitation Pedigrees of 1569 and 1611 describe the arms of the Gilbert of Locko as: Arms: Sable, a man's leg in armour couped at the thigh between two upright spears, the handles crossed, Argent, the heads Or. Crest: A man in armour embossed proper, the hand grasping a broken spear, Or, the head proper. [6]

GILBERT (Selby, co. Leicester; William Gilbert, son of Hugh Gilbert. Visit. Leicester, 1019). Same Arms, a mullet for diff. Same Crest.

GILBERT (cos. Hereford and Monmouth). Same Arms. Crest — An arm in armour embowed ppr. severed below the wrist, the hand dropping, grasping a broken spear or, headed ar. the point downwards. Another Crest — Out of a mural coronet or, a demi lion ramp. ducally crowned of the first, holding a battle-axe sa. headed ar.

GILBERT, alias Kniverton (Youlgreve, co. Derby, 1300; the heiress m. Barnesly, temp. Charles I.) Gu. a bend vaire ar. and sa. Crest — Out of a ducal coronet or, a griffin's head gu. beaked of the first.

The following are the arms of descendant William Gilbert from the branch of the family that moved to Cornwall
William Gilbert Image 1

GILBERT (Savratt, co. Hertford, and Sandwich and Westbury, co. Kent; granted 1593). Gu. a saltire or, on a chief erm. three piles of the field. Crest—A griffin's head az. beaked or, gorged with a collar erm.

GILBERT (Somerson, co. Suffolk, and London; Sir Robert Gilbert, Knt., co. Suffolk, son of Henry Gilbert, citizen of London, third son of Richard Gilbert, of the first place. Visit. London, 1568). Az. a chev. erm. betw. three eagles displ. or. Crest — An eagle displ. az.

GILBERT (Mayfield, Sussex). Same Arms. Crest — An eagle's' head ppr. issuing out of rays or.

GILBERT (North Burlingham, co. Norfolk ; confirmed to Thomas Gilbert, of that place, by Cooke, Clarenceux, 1576). Gu. two bars erm. in chief three fleurs-de-lis or. Crest — Out of a ducal coronet or, a stag's head erm. attired of the first.

GILBERT (William Henry Gilbert, Esq., of Cantley, co. Norfolk; Robert Gilbert. Esq., of Postwick Hall, in the same county; and the Rev. John Gilbert, of Chedgrave: sons of the late Henry Gilbert, Esq., and grandsons of Thomas Gilbert, Esq., of Chedgrave, b. in 1694). Same Arms, bars engr. Crest — A stag's head or, on the neck a fess engr. with plain cottises gu. Motto — Tenax propositi.

GILBERT (co. Salop). Gu. a bend vair. Crest — Out of a ducal coronet or, an eagle's head gu. beaked gold.

GILBERT (Brent Ely, co. Suffolk). Ar. on a chev. sa. betw. three leopards' faces az. as many roses or. Crest — On a mount vert a demi eagle displ. az. on the breast a mullet

These are the same Arms as Doctor William Gilbert's ancestors and George Gilbert of Clare.

GILBERT (Woodford, co. Essex). Same Arms and Crest, with a mullet for diff.

As noted above, These are the same Arms as Doctor William Gilbert's and George Gilbert of Clare.

GILBERT (granted 26 Dec. 1759). Gu. an armed leg couped at the thigh or, betw. two broken spears of the last headed ar. on a chief of the second two eagles displ. sa. Crest — On a mount vert ;an arm embowed in armour or, grasping a broken spear of the last, headed ar.

The following is the wording as actually granted to Thomas Gilbert of Cotton Hall near Alton in Staffordshire on 20 Dec 1759:[7]
Gules an armed leg couped at the thigh between two broken spears or, headed arg, on a chief of the second two eaglets displayed sable, and for the crest, on a wreath of the colours an armed arm or, issuing from a mount vert, the hand praper holding a spear or headed argent.
Thomas Gilbert Image 2

GILBERT. Ar. a chev. betw. three negroes' heads couped ppr.

GILBERT. Or, (another, ar.) on a fesse betw. three annulets gu. as many erm. spots of the first.

GILBERT. Barry of six or and az. a bend gu.

GILBERT. Ar. on a chev. gu. three cinquefoils of the first pierced of the second, a bordure engr. of the last.

GILBERT (Dublin ; Fun. Ent. of the wife of Mr. Sheriff Gilbert, buried at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 17 June, 1651). Ar. a chev. engr. per pale gu. and or, betw. three Moors' heads erased ppr. wreathed about the temples of the second and third.

A George Gilbert was Sheriff of Dublin in 1650

GILBERT (Reg. Ulster's Office, to Sir William Gilbert, of Queen's co.). Ar. on a chev. sa. three roses of the first, quarter- ing, 1st, Castillon, gu. a castle ar. issuing from the battlements a demi lion ramp, or, a canton erm. ; 2nd, Poyton, or, a bend sa. in sinister chief a rose gu. Crest — A squirrel sejant gu. holding betw. the paws a nut or.

GILBERT, or Giles. Or, on a cross sa. five plates.

GILBERT. Barry wavy of six ar. and az.

Gilbert (Scotland). Ar. on a chev. az. betw. three trefoils slipped vert as many fleurs-de-lis or.

GILBERTSON. Gu. an armed leg couped at the thigh in pals betw. two broken spears ar. headed or. Crest — A snail in the shell ppr.

Visitations

Derbyshire: Visitation Pedigrees of 1569 and 1611:[8]

Gilbert of Locko: A long way down the pedigree that goes back a further 18 generations is William Gilbert the first to live at Lockoe.
Arms: Sable, a man's leg in armour couped at the thigh between two upright spears, the handles crossed, Argent, the heads Or.
Crest: A man in armour embossed proper, the hand grasping a broken spear, Or, the head proper. [9]
Gilbert of Youlgrave: Head of pedigree: Richard Gilbert
Arms: Quarterly 1 and 4. Gules, a bend vair Argent and Sable ; 2 and 3. [Argent a fess between three crescents Gules (Rosson).]
Crest: Out of a ducal Coronet Or a griffin's head Gules.

Devon: Visitation Pedigrees of 1564:[10][11]

Gilbert of Compton: Head of pedigree: Galfrid (Geoffrey) Gilbert
Arms:
1. Argent, on a chevron sable three roses argent.
2. COMPTON. Gules, a chevron ermine between fowls argent (or according to others) sable, three helmets argent.
3. CHAMPERNON. Gules, a saltire vair argent and azure between twelve billets or.
4. VALETORT, vulgo VAULTER. Gules three bends argent, on a bordure sabe ten plates.
5. RAYNEWARD. Azure, or sable, a castle or with three battlements between.
6. TRENOUTH. Argent, on a fess sable three chevronels argent.
7. LITTLETON. Argent, a chevron between three escallops sable.
8. Sable, a chevron between three feathers pendant argent.
9. Sable, a lion rampant argent between two acorns or.
Gilbert of Whitcombe: Head of Pedigree John Gilbert [Also in Somerset Visitation below]
Arms: Arg. a chevron ermine between three moors' heads enwreathed.

Devon: Visitation Pedigree of 1620:[12]

Gilbert of Compton: Head of Pedigree Otho Gilbert shown erroneously as Peter Gilbert]]
Arms: Argent, on a chevron sable, three roses of the field.
Gilbert of Bridgerule: Head of Pedigree William Gilbert from the Youlgrave pedigree shown for Derbyshire:
Arms not mentioned

Essex: Pedigree produced by Berry[13]

Gilbert of Colchester Head of Pedigree Hierome Gilbert
Arms: Argent, on a chevron between three leopards' faces azure as many roses of the field. Picture of Arms here

Leicestershire: Visitation pedigree of 1619:[14]

Gilbert of Selby: Head of pedigree: Hugh Gilbert father of William Gilbert of Lockoe above in Derbyshire Pedigree.
Arms: Field (untinctured) a leg couped at the thigh in armour proper, spur or, between two broken spears in fess argent, in chief a mullet for difference.
Crest: An arm couped at the shoulder, embowed in armour proper, grasping a broken argent, the point downwards, staff or.

Norfolk: Visitations 1563, 1589, and 1613:[15]

Gilbert of North Birlingham: Head of Pedigree Richard Gilbert
Arms: Gules, two bars ermine, in chief three fleurs-de-lis or.
Crest: Out of a ducal coronet or , a buck's head ermine, attired of the first.

Somerset: Visitations 1531 and 1573, together with additional pedigrees, chiefly from the visitation of 1591:[16]

Gilbert of Whitcombe in Corton Denham, Somerset: Head of Pedigree John Gilbert [Also in Devon Visitation above]
Arms: Arg. a chevron engrailed between three roses Gu.

Staffordshire: Visitation Pedigree 1614, 1663 and 1664:[17] and Pedigrees 1680-1700[18]

Gilbert of Fradley: Head of pedigree John Gilbert
Arms: Gules, a leg in armour embowed, couped at the thigh, in pale between two spears argent, headed or ; a canton of the second.
Crest: A dexter arm embowed in armour gules, holding a broken spear in arms sinister, point downwards argent, headed or.
John Gilbert Image 1

Sussex: Visitations 1530 and 1633-4:[19]

Thomas Gilbert of Kent father of John Gilbert of Willingdon in Sussex, father of Nicholas Gilbert of Blechington, father of Thomas Gilbert born in 1634.
Arms: Argent, on a chevron gules three roses of the field.

Other Pedigrees

The Pedigree of Gilbert of Antigua[20] with a Daniel Gilbert of Christ Church, Barbados who died in 1675 as the assumed head, has the same Arms as the Gilberts of Locko and Fradley and Cotton.

Other Pictures

The origin of the following picture is not known but is for Henry Gilbert (the great great grandson of William Gilbert the first Gilbert of Lockoe in Derbyshire). It may be a sketch of a memorial which may have been one of those reported to have been removed at Spondon Church in the early 1800s. He is probably the Henry Gilbert who gave the church a communion plate which has his arms on it (image not available but being investigated)

Henry Gilbert Image 1

Archbishop John Gilbert (1693-1761) the great great grandson of the Reverend Reverend William Gilbert who died in Warwickshire in 1635 (with ancestry so far not yet established) shows the same coat of arms as the Cotton Hall, Fradley and Lockoe Gilberts.

Archbishop John Gilbert

Summary

To follow...

Sources

  1. A COMPLETE GUIDE TO HERALDRY BY ARTHUR CHARLES FOX-DAVIES OF LINCOLN'S INN, BARRISTER-AT-LAW 1909
  2. Grantees of arms named in docquets and patents to the end of the seventeenth century : in the manuscripts preserved in the British museum, the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Queen's College, Oxford, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and elsewhere : alphabetically arranged by the late Joseph Foster and contained in the Additional ms. no. 37,147, in the British museum by Foster, Joseph, 1844-1905; Rylands, W. Harry (William Harry), 1847-1922
  3. The visitations of Essex by Hawley, 1552; Hervey, 1558; Cooke, 1570; Raven, 1612; and Owen and Lilly, 1634 : to which are added miscellaneous Essex pedigrees from various Harleian manuscripts, and an appendix containing Berry's Essex pedigrees v.13 by Metcalfe, Walter C. (Walter Charles)
  4. The general armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; comprising a registry of armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time 1884
  5. Encyclopædia of heraldry, or General armory of England, Scotland and Ireland : comprising a registry of all armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time, including the late grants by the College of arms by Burke, John, 1787-1848; Burke, Bernard, 1814-1892
  6. Dugdale, W. (1895). Derbyshire visitation pedigrees 1569 and 1611. London: [s.n.].https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.c2524486&view=1up&seq=56
  7. Image of actual grant provided by Maria Castro
  8. Derbyshire visitation pedigrees 1569 and 1611
  9. Dugdale, W. (1895). Derbyshire visitation pedigrees 1569 and 1611. London: [s.n.].https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.c2524486&view=1up&seq=56
  10. The Visitation of the County of Devon, 1564 page 111
  11. The Visitation of the County of Devon, 1564 page 111
  12. Gilbert Pedigree in the 1620 Visitation of Devon
  13. The visitations of Essex by Hawley, 1552; Hervey, 1558; Cooke, 1570; Raven, 1612; and Owen and Lilly, 1634 : to which are added miscellaneous Essex pedigrees from various Harleian manuscripts, and an appendix containing Berry's Essex pedigrees v.13 by Metcalfe, Walter C. (Walter Charles)
  14. The visitation of the county of Leicester in the year 1619
  15. THE VISITATIONS OF NORFOLK, 1563, 1589, AND 1613.
  16. The visitations of the county of Somerset, in the years 1531 and 1573, together with additional pedigrees, chiefly from the visitation of 1591
  17. The heraldic visitations of Staffordshire made by Sir Richard St. George, Norroy, in 1614, and by Sir William Dugdale, Norroy, in the years 1663 and 1664. Ed. and annotated by J. Sidney Grazebrook, esq.
  18. Staffordshire pedigrees based on the visitation of that county made by William Dugdale...v.63
  19. The visitations of the county of Sussex made and taken in the years 1530, Thomas Benolte, Clarenceux king of arms; and 1633-4 by John Philipot, Somerset herald, and George Owen, York herald, for Sir John Burroughs, Garter, and Sir Richard St. George, Clarenceux.
  20. Entry in the History of the Island of Antigua by Vere Langford Oliver published in 1896




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