Monday, June 28, 2010

Personal Heraldry in the Jamestown Church, Part 1

The first coat of arms that I am going to discuss displayed in the church at Jamestown tare those of William Claiborn.

As the monument to him notes, “William Claiborn son of Thomas Cleybourn of Reyford, Kent, Gentleman, and Sara Smith-James. Born 1587 Settled in Virginia 1621 … At Kent Island he made the first settlement within the present boundary of Maryland.”

The arms are hatched: Quarterly, 1 and 4, Argent three chevronels braced and a chief sable; 2 and 3, Argent a cross engrailed vert. The crest is a bit harder to make out, but appears to be A demi-wolf erect reguardant.

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