1) (Mitford, co. Northumberland; an old baronial family, settled at Mitford, temp. William I.). (Mary Russell Mitford, the author of “Our Village,” only surviving child of the Rev. George Mitford a descendant of Mitford, of Mitford Castle). (Pits Hill, co. Sussex; descended from Mitford, of Mitford Castle, co. Northumberland) Ar. a fesse betw. three moles sa. Crest—A dexter and sinister hand couped ppr. supporting a sword in pale ar. pommelled or, pierced through a boar’s head sa. tusked gold, couped gu.
2) (Freeman-Mitford, Earl of Redesdale). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a fesse betw. three moledewarps sa., for Mitford; 2nd and 3rd, az. three fusils in fesse or, for distinction a canton erm., for Freeman. Crests— 1st, Mitford: Two hands couped at the wrist ppr. grasping a sword erect ar. the point and hilt or, the blade enfiled with aboar’s head erased sa.; 2nd, Freeman: A demi wolf ar. supporting betw. the paws a fusil or, for distinction gorged with a collar dancettee gu. Supporters—Two eagles rising sa. each gorged with a wreath of shamrock ppr. and each beaked, membered, and charged on the breast with a fusil or. Motto—Aequabiliter et diligenter.