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1) (cos. Lancaster and Cumberland, and London). Az. two bars erm. on a chief ar. three suns ppr. Crest—A lion’s head erased gu. ducally gorged or; granted 27 Queen Elizabeth, by Dethiek, Garter, to Thomas, son of William Nicholson, of co. Lancaster, an Examiner in Chancery, and confirmed by Sir William Dethick to Otho Nicholson, of London, gent., son of Thomas, son of William, son of Nicholas Nicholson, of Cumberland. Motto—Per castra ad astra.
2) (Thelwall Hall, co. Chester). Az. two bars erm. in chief three suns or. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet gu. a lion’s head erm. Motto—Per castra ad astra.
3) (Waverley Abbey, co. Surrey). Per pale dovetailed az. and gu. two bars ar. guttée de sang in chief two suns in glory ar. Crest—A lion’s head erased in front of rays.
4) (Rounday Park, co. York). Barry of six erminois and gu. on a chief az. a cross pattée ar. betw. two suns in splendour or. Crest—On a branch of a tree fesseways ppr. a lion's head erased at the neck or, and charged with a cross pattée gu. Motto—Providentiâ Dei.
5) (Alexander Nicholson, Esq., late M'Innes, of East Court, Charlton-Kings, co. Gloucester, formerly a capt. in the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards, by royal sign manual, in 1821, assumed the surname and arms of Nicholson, out of respect to the memory of his late maternal uncle, General Robert Nicholson). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, or, on a chev. embattled az. betw. three eagles’ heads erased gu. an Eastern crown betw. two wreaths of laurel of the field, for Nicholson; 2nd and 3rd, gu. two estoiles in chief ar. and a lion pass. in base or, on a chief of the second two swords in saltire ppr. pommels and hilts gold, the blades encircled by a wreath of laurel vert, in the centre chief point pendent from a ribbon of the first fimbriated az. a representation of the medal presented to him by command of his Majesty, for his services at. the Battle of Waterloo, ppr. circumscribed “ Waterloo,” in letters of gold, for M'Innes. Crests—A demi lion erased, charged with a bomb fired ppr. supporting a flagstaff also encircled by an Eastern crown or, therefrom flowing towards the sinister a banner gu. inscribed “ Barvach,” in letters of gold, in commemoration of the services of his late uncle, Lieut.-General Robert Nicholson, at the siege of that fortress in the East Indies, for Nicholson; 2nd, out of a mural crown ppr. inscribed "Vittoria," a dexter arm embowed, vested gu. entwined by a thistle ppr. the hand in a glove ar. grasping a sword all ppr. pendent from the guard the Waterloo medal, as in the arms, for M'Innes. Mottoes— Generositate, for Nicholson; and, Post Proelia premier, for M'Innes.
6) (Sydney and Luddenham, Australia, bart.). Az. two bars nebuly ar. in chief a sun in splendour ppr. betw. two stars of eight points or. Crest—On a rock ppr. a lion’s head az. charged with a star, as in the arms. Motto—Virtus sola nobilitas.
7) (cos. Cumberland and Lancaster). (London; confirmed 1596). Az. two bars erm., in chief three suns in splendour or. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet gu. a lion's head erm.
8) (granted to Patrick Charles Nicholson, Esq., of Ashton-under-Lyne, co. Lancaster). Sa. two bars chequy or and az. in chief a stag’s head cabossed betw. two suns in splendour of the second. Crest—A lion’s head erased erm. charged on the neck with a burning heart gu. within two branches of palm ppr.
9) (Virginia; Francis Nicholson, Captain-General and Governor of South Carolina, granted 1693-4). Az. on a cross ar. betw. four suns in splendour or, a cathedral church gu. Crest—A demi man habited in a close coat az. the buttons and cuffs of the sleeves turned up or, his face and hands ppr. armed with a head-piece and gorget ar. the beaver open, holding in the dexter hand a sword erect ppr. hilt and pommel of the second, and in the sinister hand a Bible open, clasps ar. Motto—Deus milii sol.
10) Erm. on a pale sa. three martlets ar.
11) Per pale wavy or and gu. six martlets, two, two, and two, respecting each other, and counterchanged.
12) (Dublin, Reg. Ulster's Office). Erm. on a pale sa. three martlets in pale ar. Crest—A pelican in her piety ppr.
13) (Ballow, co. Down; granted by Betham, Ulster, to Robert Nicholson, Esq.) Gu. two bars erm. in chief three suns in splendour or. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, a lion’s head erminois. Motto—Deus mihi sol.
14) (Roe Park, co. Londonderry; confirmed to Harvey Nicholson, Esq., son of John Nicholson, Town Mayor and Alderman of Derry). Per chev. engr. or and gu. three hawks’ heads erased counterchanged. Crest—Out of a mural crown a demi lion ramp, all ppr. Motto—Generositate.
15) (exemplified to James Custis, of Glasnevin Lodge, co. Dublin, surgeon, son of Rev. Edmond Custis, Rector of Saul, co. Down, by Elizabeth, his wife, sister and heir of James Nicholson, Esq., of Iceford, co. Sligo, on his assuming, by royal licence, 1861, the surname and arms of Nicholson). Az. on a cross engr. betw. four suns in splendour or, a wolf’s head erased ppr. Crest—A wolf’s head erased ppr. gorged with a collar engr. gu. and charged on the neck with a sun as in the arms.

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