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25 May 2012

New Armorial: Wogdon Armorial

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:13
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I have now added a single entry Armorial for Wogdon to my site.

The entry came about from various genealogical correspondence I had recently by email.  The blazon is from the efforts of The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) in Layston Church.  NADFAS blazoned the impaled Arms of Robert Wogdon (b.1734 d.1813), a gunsmith of some fame, and his wife Jane as follows:

Per chevron Or and Gules a chevron invected per chevron of the second and of the first between, in chief two unicorns of the second and in base two spears saltirewise Proper above a lion rampant of the first [WOGDON] impaling Barry of six Azure and Or [MERTON]

It seems that the shield has become separated from the monument and it has become so badly defaced that, in the one image I have seen, the chevron is the only visible component of Wogdon.  I have, therefore, taken NADFAS’ word for it at this time.

Looking at some entries at ancestry.co.uk reveal that Jane Wogdon was originally a Holmes.  The “stem” design for the Arms for Holmes is Barry of six Or and Azure rather than the Barry of six Azure and Or as actually displayed on the monument.  This explains NADFAS’ identification as Merton.

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