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Coats of arms of the various MERRYWEATHER branches.

This is believed to be the first.
Worn by Godfrey Bouillon Duke of Lower Lorraine 1099 to 1100.
Passed to William de Mereworth 1272.

Description.
A Chevron Gules (Red), Between Ten Crosses Potent Sable (Black).
(Cross Potent are also known as a Jerusalem Cross.
One Problem with this description it does not give Field colour (Background)  it is believed to be Gilt (gold or Yellow) if this is the case then the word Or (Gold) seems to be missing from the beginning of the description! This is being researched !

In the Cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral the Armorials are shown as
Bay 19, Or a chevron gules and ten crosses formy sable.
Bay 28, Argent a chevron gules and ten crosses formy sable.
This may bring light to the above enigma.

The Cloisters where begun by Archbishop Courtney, orbit 1396, Contributions for the building of the Cloisters were given by the nobility and gentry of Kent.
Two branches of  Mereworth gave contributions!

This one is in doubt as it may not be complete. And colours incorrect.
The three Martlets ( Swifts) indicate a fourth son of a fourth son of a fourth son  of the original grant .
The nearest is
In November, 1607, Armorial Bearings were granted to Edward Merywether of Barfreystone, Kent. They are blazoned as follows:--Or, three martlets sable, on a chief azure, a Sun in Splendour, or, Crest, an armed hand, holding a sword Argent, Pommel and Hilt or, on each a serpent involved proper. Motto: Vi et consilio.
OR
By patent dated 26th July 1609, the Arms were confirmed and a Crest granted to John Merywether, son of Richard, son of Edward, and his posterity. They are blazoned as follows:--Arms: or three martlets sable, on a chief azure a Lion passant guardant of the First. Crest: out of a Crown or an armed hand holding a sword argent, thereon a Lion's head erased proper. Motto: Virtute et vulneribus.
If anyone knows the origin and truth of this ARMS please let us know and we will correct this doubt.

This one was supplied by David Merryweather of Perth, Australia.
A descendant of  Richard Merryweather Born Cer   1665 of Bedale, Yorkshire.
Full Description yet to be found !
The following is the closest but the Motto is different
In November, 1607, Armorial Bearings were granted to Edward Merywether of Barfreystone, Kent. They are blazoned as follows:--Or, three martlets sable, on a chief azure, a Sun in Splendour, or, Crest, an armed hand, holding a sword Argent, Pommel and Hilt or, on each a serpent involved proper. Motto: Vi et consilio.

found By Alexy  Alexey0001@aol.com glued on the inside cover of the 1887 edition of "My Autobiography and Reminiscences" by W.P. Frith, which He purchased on one of New York's flea markets. Our Thanks to Alexy.

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