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Visitations of Derbyshire

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What is a Visitation?

Heraldic visitations (see Wikipedia) were undertaken in England between 1530 and 1688 to regulate and register coats of arms, as there was widespread misuse of coats of arms. As part of the inspection process, the heralds recorded the pedigrees of individuals entitled to use coats of arms (known as armigers), and sometimes note the ages of people in the pedigrees. In England, only the armiger is entitled to the arms and passed the entitlement to their heir; coats of arms do not apply to a whole family or surname. An armiger might include the arms of his wife or mother in his own arms (by 'quartering') if she was an heiress. A younger son might be awarded arms similar to, but not identical to, his father's.

Information for the pedigrees was usually given by the current armiger. The information in the pedigrees is therefore reliable for the people living at the time the pedigree was given, and for the parents and grandparents of the informant. The earlier generations can be less reliable, depending on the sources used by the informant.

Visitations in Derbyshire

There have been four visitations taken in Derbyshire: 1569, 1611, 1634 and 1662-1663.

Three of these have been published, two of them in one volume:

  • Derbyshire visitation pedigrees, 1569 and 1611 (London: 1895), available at HathiTrust
    • This privately printed volume combines together pedigrees from two different Visitations, in a form that does not always make it easy to distinguish which information comes from which visitation
  • The Visitation of Derbyshire, taken in 1662, and reviewed in 1663, by William Dugdale, Esq., Norroy King at Arms (London: 1879), available at archive.org
    • Compared with many published visitations, this edition has little or no information added by 19th century editors. Most pedigrees extend back only two or three generations from the informant and are therefore more likely to be correct. There are few spouses or siblings named.

Families listed in the Visitations

Buxton of Bradbourn
Buxton of Brassington
Clarke of Ashgate
Clarke of Somershall
Cooke of Frusby
Cooke of Trusley
Eyre de Hassop
Eyre de Rowter
Eyre de Stratton
Harpur of Littleover
Harpur of Trocford
Low of Aldewasley
Low of Denby
Poole of Radbourne
Poole of Wakefordge

1662 Visitation

Family name Informant (assumed)Whole family in WikiTree?Connected?NotesBlazonArms
AgardCharles AgardNoYesArgent, a chevron Gules between three boar's heads Sable
Arms of Agard of Foston
AkneyGeorge AbneyYesYesAKA Abney. Arms by descent from the family of InwardbyOr, on a chief Gules a lion issuant Argent
AllenJohn AllenNoNoSable a cross potent Or
AllestryWilliam AllestryNoNoArgent, a chief Gules, on a bend Azure three escutcheons Or, each having a chief Gules, a martlet for difference
AlsopAnthony AlsopYesYesAlsop of Alsop en le DaleArms: Sable, three doves volant Argent, beaks and legs Gules. Crest: A dove close Argent, beak and legs Gules.
Arms of Alsop of Alsop en le Dale
AshenhurstRandal AshenhurstYesNoArms: Or, a cockatrice Sable, combed and legged Gules. Crest: A cockatrice as in the arms.
Arms of Ashenhurst
BachWilliam BachNoNoBach of StantonOr, a lion rampant Sable, a bordure Azure semée of bezants
BagshawThomas BagshawNoNoBagshaw of RidgeOr, a bugle horn Sable between three roses Gules
BalidonPaul BalidonYesYesArgent, two bars Vert, each charged with three cross crosslets Or
BatemanHugh BatemanNoNoBateman of HaltingtonOr, three crescents, an estoile issuant from each Gules, a canton Azure
BennetGervase BennetNoNoBennet of SnelstonArgent, on a cross between four demi-lions rampant Gules, a bezant
BeresfordFrancis BeresfordYesYesArms: Argent, three fleurs de lis between nine cross crosslets fitchee Sable, a bordure engrailed of the last.
BilgayHenry BilgayNoNoNo arms provedN/A
BlithCharles BlithNoNoBlith of BurchetErmine three stags trippant Gules
BoningtonRafe BoningtonNoNoBonington of BarrowcoleSable, a chevron Or between three roses Argent
BoothbyWilliam BoothbyNoYesArgent, on a canton Sable (?Gules) a lion's gamb erased and erect Or
BraylesfordThomas BraylesfordNoNoAKA Brailsford of SemerOr, a cinquefoil pierced Sable
BrowneEdmund BrowneYesYesBrowne of Hungry BentleyErmine on a fess crenellé Sable three escallops Argent (arms not proved)
BullockN/AN/AN/ABullock of Norton and Onston; no names given, only armsErmine, on a chief Gules a label of five points Or
BurtonFrancis BurtonNoNoGules, a crescent within an orle of estoiles and a bordure Or
Buxton of BradbournHenry BuxtonNoNoSable, three mullets between two bars Argent, on a canton of the last a stag of the field
Buxton of BrassingtonJohn BuxtonNoNoSable, three mullets between two bars Argent, on a canton of the last a stag of the field
CharletonJohn CharletonNoNoAzure, on a chevron Or three cinqufoils Gules between as many swans Argent
Clarke of AshgateSamuel ClarkeNoNoGules, a bear rampant between three mullets Argent
Clarke of SomershallGodfrey ClarkeNoYesAzure, three escallops in pale Or, between two flaunches Ermine
Arms of Clarke of Somershall
ColwichAnthony ColwichNoNoColwich of Stud [Stydd]Argent, a fess between three bats volant Sable (arms not proved)
Cooke of FrusbyRobert CookeNoNoGules, three crescents and a canton Or
Cooke of TrusleyJohn CokeYesYesUsually known as Coke of TrusleyCoke of Trusley - Arms: Gules, three crescents Or. Crest: A crescent Or. Coke of Melbourne - Arms: Gules, three crescents Or with a canton Or charged with a fleur de lis Gules.
Arms of Coke of Trusley
DakinArthur DakinNoNoDakin of StubingGules, a lion passant bewteen two mullets in pale Or, two flanches Argent, each charged with a griffin rampant Sable
DaltonJohn DaltonNoNoDalton of DerbyAzure, a lion rampant within an orle of cross crosslets Argent
DeggeSymon DeggeYesYesOr, on a bend Azure three falcons rising Argent, jessed and belled Or
DraperRobert DraperNoYesDraper of CullandArgent, on a fess between three annulets Gules, as many covered cups Or
DraycottJohn DraycottNoNoDraycott of LoscoPaly of six Argent and Gules, a bend Ermine
EverySir Henry EveryYesYesArms: Or, four chevronels Gules. Crest: An Unicorn issuant Gules, horn and mane Or. Not proved.
Every Family Coat of Arms
EyreJoseph EyreNoNoLater generations of CrankhillOr, on a chevron Gules three quatrefoils Argent with a bordure
Eyre de HassopJohn Eyre and Thomas EyreYesYesArms: Argent, on a chevron Sable three quatrefoils Or. Crest: A leg couped above the knee, quarterly Or and Gules, spur Gold. With a crescent for difference for the descendants of the younger branch.
Arms of Eyre of Hassop
Eyre de RowterThomas EyreYesYesArms: Or, on a chevron Gules three quatrefoils Argent. Crest: A leg couped above the knee, quarterly Argent and Sable.
Arms of Eyre of Rowter
Eyre de StrattonThomas EyreNoNoArms: Or, on a chevron Gules three quatrefoils Argent, a bordure Gules
FitzherbertWilliam FitzHerbertYesYesFitzherbert of TissingtonArms: Gules, three lions rampant Or, a crescent for difference. Crest: A hand in armour couped at elbow erect having a mittin gauntlet on ppr.
Arms of Fitzherbert of Tissington
FitzherbertJohn FitzherbertNoNoFitzherbert of SomershallGules, three lions rampant, Or
FrechvilleJohn FrechvilleYesYesFrechville of StaveleyArms: Azure, a bend between six escallops Argent. Crest: A demi-angel ppr. holding with both hands an arrow.
Arms of Frechville of Staveley
GellJohn GellYesYesGell of HoptonArms: Per bend Azure and Or three mullets of six points in bend pierced and counter changed. Crest: A greyhound Sable, collared Or.
Arms of Gell of Hopton
GilbertHenry GilbertYesYesGilbert of LockoeArms: Gules, a leg in armour couped above the knee Argent, between two broken picks' heads Or, the staves Argent. Crest: A dexter arm in armour ppr. holding the head of a broken pick as in the arms.
GravesJohn GravesNoNoGraves of GravesGules, an eagle displayed Or, crowned Argent
GregsonGeorge GregsonYesYesArgent, a saltire Gules, a canton chequy Or and Azure
HardingRobert HardingNoNoHarding of KnewtonNo proof of armsN/A
HarperSir John HarperNoNoHarper of Swarckeston - no pedigreeArgent, a lion rampant, a bordure engrailed Sable
HarpurSir John HarpurNoNoHarpur of Calke - no pedigreeArgent, a lion rampant, a bordure engrailed Sable with a crescent for difference
Harpur of LittleoverNo names givenN/AN/AArgent, a lion rampant, a bordure engrailed Sable with a canton Gules
Harpur of TrocfordNo names givenN/AN/AArgent, a lion rampant, a bordure engrailed Sable with a canton of Vernon
HoldenHenry HoldenNoNoHolden of WelneNo arms provedN/A
HopkinsonAnthony HopkinsonNoNoAKA HopkintonNo arms provedN/A
HortonWalter HortonNoNoGules, a buck's head caboshed Argent, attired Or
KendallHenry KendallNoNoKendall of SmithsbyGules, a fess chequé Argent and Gules between three eagles displyed Or
LeeJohn LeeNoNoLee of LadyholeGules, a plate between three ducal coronets Or, a bordure Argent
Low of AldewasleyJohn LoweNoYesaka Lowe of AlderwasleyArms: Gules, a wolf passant Argent. Crest: A wolfs head Argent, collared Gules, charged with three bezants.
Arms of Low(e) of Alderwasley
Low of DenbyJohn LoweYesYesVisitation not added as a source to earlier generations of family as there appear to be some errors.Arms: Gules, a hart trippant Argent. Crest: A wolf passant proper.
MellerHenry MellerNoNoMeller of DerbyArgent, three wood pigeons proper
MerryHenry MerryNoYesUnclear which Henry in the pedigree Arms: Ermine, three lions rampant Gules, crowned Or, a canton Gules. Crest: A demi-lion Ermine crowned and out of a crown Or.
MeverellCromwell MeverellNoNoArgent, a griffin segreant Sable, membered Gules
MilwardWilliam MilwardNoYesOnly the post-1500 Eaton Dovedale branch is in WikitreeArms: Ermine, on a fess Gules three plates (or bezants).
Arms of Milward of Eaton Dovedale
MorewoodJohn MorewoodYesYesMorewood of AlfretonArms: Vert, an oak tree Argent acorned Or. Crest: out of a wreath Argent & Vert a dexter & sinister Arm armed ppr. supporting a chaplet of oak branches vert acorned or.
MundayJohn MundayYesYesUsually known as MundyArms: Quarterly. Gules and Sable, on a cross engrailed Argent five lozenges Purpure, on a chief Or three eagles' legs erased and erect Azure. Crest: A panther's head erased Sable, spotted Or.
Arms of Mundy and Markheaton
NewtonThomas NewtonNoNoNewton of DuffeildSable, two shin bones in saltire Argent
OsbourneEdward OsbourneNoNoOsbourne of DerbyOr, on a bend Sable three dolphins Or between two wolves' heads erased Sable
PeggeEdward PeggeNoNoNo arms provedN/A
PooleGeorge PooleNoNoPoole of HegeArgent, a chevron between three crescents Gules, a mullet for difference
Poole of RadbourneN/AN/AN/ANo names given, only arms
Poole of WakefordgeGervase PooleNoNoArgent, a chevron between three crescents Gules, a canton Or
PowtrellHenry PowtrellYesYesArms: Argent, a fess between three cinquefoils Gules. Crest: A boar (? a porcupine) passant Gules, collared and chained Or.
Arms of Powtrell of West Hallam
RevellFrances RevellNoNoRevell of OgstonArgent, a chevron between three trefoils slipped Gules, a bordure engrailed Sable
RhodesFrancis RodesYesYesRodes baronets of BarlboroughArms: Argent, a lion passant gardant Gules, between two acorns Azure (or trefoils slipped) in bend between 2 bendlets ermine. Crest: A dexter arm holding a sapling oak proper.
RoperSamuel RoperYesYesSable, a parrot Or
Arms of Roper of Heanor
RossingtonClement RossingtonNoNoRossington of SooptonArgent, a fess between three crescents Gules
SaleRichard SaleNoNoNo arms givenN/A
SavillWilliam SavillNoNoArgent, on a bend between two cottises Sable 3 owls Argent
ShoreJohn ShoreNoNoShore of SnittertonArgent, a bend Sable between three oak leaves Vert
SheldonRichard SheldonNoNoNo arms provedN/A
SitwellGeorge SitwellYesYesArms: Barry of eight Or and Vert, three lions rampant Sable. Crest: A demi-lion holding an escocheon per pale Or and Vert.
Arms of Sitwell of Eckington and Renishaw
SleighSir Samuel SleighYesYesSleigh of Ashe HallArms: Gules a chevron between three owls Argent. Crest: A demi-lion rampant Ermine, holding a cross crosslet fitchée, and crowned Or.
Arms of Sleigh of Ashe Hall
SpatemanJohn SpatemanYesYesErminois, on a fess Gules between two bars gemel, three griffins' heads erased Or
Arms of Spateman of Road Nook
StaffordTristram StaffordNoNoStafford of BothamOr, a chevron Gules between three martlets Sable, a mullet for difference
TaylerGeorge TaylerNoNoErmine, on a chevron Gules between three anchors Sable as many escallops Argent
ThackerThomas ThackerNoNoThacker of Repton and HegeGules, on a fess Argent between three lozenges Ermine a trefoil Azure between two falcon's heads Gules, collared Or
TunstedFrancis TunstedNoNoTunsted of TunstedSable, three falcons close Argent
WaklynJohn WaklynNoNoArgent, on a cross Sable five lions rampant Or
WigfallJohn WigfallYesYesArms: Sable, a sword erect Argent, hilt Or, on a chief indented Gules a ducal coronet between two escallops Or
Arms of Wigfall of Renishaw
WigleyHenry WigleyYesYesArms: Paly of eight indented (or crenelly) Argent and Gules. Crest: A griffin's head Sable, collared Or, beaked Gules.
Arms of Wigley of Wigwell
WillymotNicholas WilmotNoYesWilmot of Osmaston, cadet of ChaddesdenGules, on a fess Or between three boars' heads Argent as many escallops Gules
Arms of Wilmot of Osmaston
WolleyAnthony WolleyNoNoWolley of RiberSable, a chevron vairé Or and Gules between three maidens' heads Argent, crined Or
WoolhouseThomas WoolhouseNoNoWoolhouse of GlapwellPer pale Azure and Gules, a chevron erminois between three plates
WrightWilliam WrightNoNoWright of LongstonSable, on a chevron engrailed between three unicorns' heads erased Or as many spear heads Azure
WrightWilliam WrightNoNoWright of UnthankSable, on a chevron engrailed between three unicorns' heads erased Or as many spear heads Azure with a crescent for difference

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