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Blazons & Genealogy Notes1) (Baron Musgrave; Sir Adam Musgrave, temp. King John, whose ancestor came to England with William I., was ancestor of Sir Thomas Musgrave, a commandcr in the English army, 20 Edward III., 1346, which defeated David II. of Scotland at Durham. He was summoned to Parliament 1350, but the writ was not renewed to any of his descendants). (Edenhall, co. Cumberland, bart.; descended from Baron Musgrave). (Tourin, co. Waterford, bart.). (Hartley Castle, co. Westmoreland). (Borden, co. Kent, and Shillington Manor, co. Bedford). (Fairbank, or Musgrave Hall). (Crookdale, co. Cumberland). Gu. six annulets or. Crest—Two arms in armour embowed ppr. the gauntlets grasping an annulet or. The following tradition has been handed down as the origin of the arms of the family:—The Emperor of Germany had two generals, who both wooed his daughter at the same time. Having had experience of the good services of each, he did not care to prefer one to the other, but, to decide the matter, ordered the rival generals and lovers to “run at the ring"—a favourite feat then—for his daughter. Musgrave, a Lord Marcher, one of the Rivals, had the fortune to pierce the ring with the point of his spear, and as a reward of his dexterity and valour obtained the lady as his bride, and had “six annulets or ” given him for his coat of arms, and “two arms in armour holding an annulet” for his coat. Motto—Sans changer.
2) (Hayton, bart.; descended from Edenhall). Same Arms. Crest—Two arms in armour embowed sustaining the sun ppr.
3) (Ashby Musgrave, co. Westmoreland). Same Arms. Crest—Two arms in armour embowed ppr. grasping an annulet or.
4) (Sagar-Musgrave, Sandford House Leeds, co. York; exemplified to Joun Musgrave Sagar, Esq., upon his taking the additional surname of Musgrave). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. on a pile per pale az. and gu. six annulets, or, for Musgrave; 2nd and 3rd, per bend or and az. a cross moline counterchanged, a chief paly of six of the first and gu.. for Sagar. Crests—1st, Musgrave: Two arms embowed ppr. holding an annulet or, encircling a tilting spear erect also ppr.; 2nd, Sagar: Upon a rock ppr. an eagle reguard. or, each wing charged with three bendlets gu. resting the dexter claw upon a cross moline az. Motto—Valde et sapienter.
5) (Speldhurst, co. Kent, bart.). Ar. two bendlets engr. az. betw. three lozenges, one and two, of the last, each charged with a fleur-de-lis or. Crest—A demi lion ppr. gorged with a double collar gemelle sa. and holding betw. the paws a lozenge az. charged with a cross crosslet or. Motto—Nil desperandum.
6) (exemplified to John Musgrove Musgrove., Esq., of Raworth, near Hadleigh, Suffolk, on his assuming by royal licence, 1882, the surname and arms of Musgrove, in lieu of those of Norman, in compliance with the testamentary injunction of Sir John Musgrove, bart.). Ar. two bendlets engr. az. betw. three lozenges, one and two, of the last each charged with a fleur-de-lis or. Crest—A demi lion ppr. gorged with a collar gemelle sa. and holding betw. the paws a lozenge az. charged with a cross crosslet or. Motto—Nil desperandum.