A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1

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Harrison, 1862 - Gentry - 1759 pages
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It is an excellent reference for early English Gentlemen. I am in the mist of ancestory research with the goal of finding connections between my great grandfather Captain George Williams and his parents in Wales.

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This book has proved very useful to me. I am researching my family tree and I am descended from the FitzGerald family.. Purcell FitzGerald of the Little Island Waterford.. Without the information in the book i would not have been able to complete it...So i am really happy that this book exists.. My family descend from John FitzGerald son of Maurice 4th Earl of Kildare. Mary Frances FitzGerald and John Purcell were my 5 x Great Grandparents and it is from their daughter Frances that i am related.. 

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Page 219 - Aragon, which the noble posterity continue to wear unto this day ; for, according to the laws of heraldry, whoever fairly in the field conquers his adversary, may justify the wearing of his arms.
Page 64 - James's reign, made some preten' sions to the crown of England ; ' but, not being able to make them ' good, was forced to fly into France
Page 220 - Bay he assured the [Cary] family on the part of his royal master, the Chevalier, of that Prince's recognition of their great services, and of his wish to grant them high honours and honourable indemnification, in pledge of which he had sent them his father King James the Second's picture, with that of his mother, the Queen, enclosed in a silver box.
Page 193 - Crest: Out of a ducal coronet or a plume of five ostrich feathers argent, therefrom issuant a falcon rising of the last. O' BYRNE Gules a chevron between three dexter hands couped at the wrist argent.
Page 107 - ... all the Blairs in the south and west country ; but another family of the same name, who settled in the north, in the counties of Fife, Perth, and Angus, namely, Blair of Balthyock, always competed for the chiefship, till at last James VI., than whom none more fit to decide a question of this kind, determined " that the oldest man for the time being, of either family, should have the precedency.
Page xvi - Germany, or his excelileucy in Italy. A landlord in England, with the title of baronet, is of not less importance among his tenants, than a landlord in Sicily with the title of prince among his vassals ; and a squire in his ancient hall in Lancashire, might vie with any baron in his moated castle in Languedoc ; but should they travel, the advantage would always be in favor of the continental noblesse.
Page 204 - Locheill" in 1842, the author says—"The Camerons have a tradition among them that they were originally descended of a younger son of the Royal Family of Denmark, who assisted at the restoration of King Fergus II., anno 404. He was called Cameron from his crooked nose, as that word imports. But it is more probable that they were of the aborigines of the ancient Scots or Caledonians that first planted the country.
Page 204 - Locharkaig,2 situated upon the western side of the Lochy, were originally granted by the Lord of the Isles to the founder of the clan Ranald, from whose descendants they passed to the Camerons. This clan originally consisted of three septs, — the Camerons or...
Page 219 - This challenge Sir Robert Cary accepted, between whom a cruel encounter and a long and doubtful combat was waged in Smithfield, London. But at length this noble champion vanquished the presumptuous Aragonois, for which King Henry V. restored unto him a good part of his father's lands...
Page 147 - Ormerod, in his History of Cheshire, mentions Grosvenor, Davenport, and Brereton, as " three grantees, who can be proved by ancient deeds to have existed at or near the Conquest, though unnoticed in Domesday.

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