Holford Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History
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Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Holford, co. Chester, temp. Edward II.; the direct male line of the family became extinct about the year 1600, when the heiress brought Holford to the Cholmondeleys. The Holfords, of Weston Birt, are a branch of this ancient house). Ar. a greyhound pass. sa. Crest—A greyhound’s head sa.
2) (Weston Birt, Tetbury, co. Gloucester). (co. Lancaster). Ar. a greyhound pass. sa. Crest—A greyhound’s head couped sa.
3) (Davenham, co. Chester). Same Arms, a canton sa.
4) Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. on a mount vert a greyhound pass. sa. collared or, for Holford; 2nd and 3rd, sa. a fesse.
5) (co. Rutland). Az. on a fesse ar. betw. three fleurs-de-lis or, a greyhound courant sa.
6) (co. York). Ar. a greyhound in full course sa.
7) (Lieut-Colonel James Price Gwynne Holford, of Buckland, near Brecknock, eldest son of John Josiah Holford, Esq., of Kilgwyn, co. Carmarthen, who m. in 1830, Anna Maria Eleanor, dau. of Thynne Howe Gwynee, Esq., of Buckland, and assumed in consequence, the following year, the additional name and arms of Gwynne). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. on a mount vert a greyhound pass. sa. collared or, for Holford; 2nd and 3rd, sa. a fesse cotised or, betw. two swords ar. hilts and pommels gold, the one in chief pointing upwards, the one in base downwards. Crests—1st: From the sun in splendour or, rising from behind a hill vert a greyhound’s head issuant sa.; 2nd: A dexter arm in armour ppr. issuant from a crescent ar. holding a sword erect also ppr. hilt and pommel gold, enfiled by a boar’a head or, erased and vulned ppr. Mottoes—Over the crest; Vim vi repellere licet; under the arms: Toujours fidele.
8) Ar. a chev. betw. three text T’s (old English characters) sa.