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14 December 2007

Unthank Arms

Filed under: People,Places — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:14

Arms were granted to Unthank of Intwood Hall, Norfolk in 1863 – Vol. LV fol. 68

Or a saltire Gules beween two crescents in pale of the last and as many gryphons’ heads erased in fess Sable.

The grantee was most likely to be Clement William Unthank JP, DL. He married in 1835 Mary Anne Muskett the only daughter and heir to Joseph Salisbury Muskett of Intwood Hall. Joseph Muskett died in 1860. No doubt the inheritance of the estate of over 2,400 acres prompted Clement Unthank to petition for a grant of Arms. Clement died in 1884 aged about 79.

His immediate descendants;

  1. Lt-Col Clement William Joseph Unthank b.1847 m.1873 Judith Sarah Onley d.1936
    1. Lt Clement William Onley Unthank b.1874 d.1900 at Lucknow
    2. John Salusbury Unthank b.1875 m.1909 d.1959
      1. Margaret Beatrice Unthank b.1910 d.1995
    3. Judith Marian Unthank b.1876
    4. Maria Janet Unthank b.1877
    5. Ralph Arthur Unthank b.1880
    6. Marjory E Unthank b.1881
    7. Ursula Clementine Unthank b.1886
    8. Dorothy Mary Unthank b.1888 m.1928 William Edward van Cutsem
    9. Cicely May Unthank b.1889
    10. Amy Violet Unthank b.1893 m.1916 John H Leche (tbc)
  2. John Unthank b.1849
  3. Mary Anne Clementine Unthank b.1843
  4. Elizabeth Salisbury Unthank b.1845

Given that Mary Anne Muskett was also a heraldic heiress, her children could quarter her Arms with those of their father;

Quarterly 1st & 4th Or a saltire Gules beween two crescents in pale of the last and as many gryphons’ heads erased in fess Sable (for Unthank) 2nd & 3rd Argent two bars between six lions’ heads caboshed Gules (for Muskett).

The Intwood estate was inherited by Miss Margaret Beatrice Unthank from her father, John Salusbury Unthank, in 1960. When she died in 1995, her cousin, Mrs. Jan Darling and family continue to live at Intwood Hall. It would appear that the Hall has be subsequently sold – http://www.ckd.co.uk/intwood.html .


  1. Having delved a bit more on the Internet, it would appear that Clement Unthank’s father, William, used Arms on his wife’s memorial. It seems that this were assumed Arms and that the subsequent grant “legalised” the position.

    Unthank Armorial added to the Heraldry Online site.

    Comment by Stephen J F Plowman — 15 December 2007 @ 18:35 | Reply

  2. A bit more genealogical information. Clement had a brother, William Samuel Unthank, who was killed in 1812 leading the “Forlore Hope” at the siege of Badajoz. His sister, Emma May Unthank, married a Richard Lubbock.

    Comment by Stephen J F Plowman — 27 October 2009 @ 09:44 | Reply

  3. Amy Violet Unthank married John Hurleston Leche on 28 June 1916 at St Peter’s, Eaton Square, London. This information came from The Times of Friday, Jun 30, 1916; pg. 1; Issue 41207; col A

    Comment by chowleecat1 — 5 May 2010 @ 08:36 | Reply

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