Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Ireland; an ancient family, who were among the first English settlers in that part of the United Kingdom. Sir Richard de Rochfort was Lord of Crom and Adare, 27 Henry III., a.d. 1243; Sir Maurice Rochfort was Lord Justice of Ireland, 30 Edward I., A.D. 1302; Sir William Rochfort, Lord of the Manor of Kill, co. Kildare, was summoned as a baron to the Parliament held at Dublin 13 Edward III., A.D. 1339; John Rochfort was seated at Kilbride, co. Meath, 1415; his representative in 1569, Robert Rochfort, of Kilbride, m. twice; by his first wife be had a son, Christopher, ancestor of Rochfort, of Kilbride and Vesington; and by the second wife two sons, 1) James, of Laragh, co. Kildare, whose representative, James Rochfort, of same place, was 6. 1704; 2) Walter, ancestor of the Earl of Belvedere, extinct; Rochfort, of Rochfort Bridge; and Rochfort, of Clogrenane). (Rochfort Bridge, co. Donegal; representative of Rochfort, co. Westmeath; Charles Gustavus Rochfort, Esq., male representative of the Earl of Belvedere, descended from George Rochfort, Esq., of Rochfort, younger son of Right Hon. George Rochfort, M.P., and brother of Robert, first Earl of Belvedere). Motto—Vi vel suavité. (Clogrenane, co. Carlow; Horace William NoeL, Rochfort, Esq., J.P., D.L., High Sheriff co. Carlow 1839, descended from John Rochfort, Esq., younger brother of Right Hon. George Rochfort, M.P.). Az. a lion ramp. ar. armed and langued gu.
2) (Earl of Belvedere, extinct 1814; Robert Rochfort, eldest son of Right Hon. George Rochfort, M.P. co. Westmeath, was created Baron Bellefield 1737, raised to a viscounty 1751, and to an earldom 1756; the second earl d. s. p.). Same Arms. Crest—A robin redbreast ppr. Supporters—Two stags ppr. ducally gorged and chained or, chains reflected over the backs. Molto—Candor dat viribus alas.
3) (Kilbride, co. Meath; Fun. Ent. Ulster’s Office, Eleanor, wife of Robert Rochfort, Esq., of that place, d. 26 Feb. 1607). Az. a lion ramp. or, armed and langued gu. and bound round the dexter hind gamb with a ribbon tied in a bow of the last.
4) (Brennanstown, co. Dublin; Fun. Ent. Ulster’s Office, 1621, Anne, wife of William Rochfort, of that place). Az. a lion ramp. ar. a mullet for diff.
5) (co. Meath; Reg. Ulster’s Office). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, az. a lion ramp. ar. armed and langued gu.; 2nd, ar. a bend engr. betw. three bears’ heads erased sa.; 3rd, erm. a cross az. Crest—A robin redbreast ppr.
6) (Limerick; Reg. Ulster’s Office, 1638, to David Rochfort, of that place). Az. a lion ramp. ar. Cresl—A robin redbreast ppr. Motto—Stat fortis in fide.
7) (Tagunnan. co. Wexford; James Rochfort, of that place, temp. James I., was son of Hugh Rochfort, grandson of James Rochfort, and great-grandson of Hugh Rochfort, Seneschal of co. Wexford, all of the same place. Visit. Wexford, 1618). Ar. a lion ramp. gu. armed and langued az. over all a fess or.
8) (England). Quarterly, or and gu. in the 1st quarter a fleur-de-lis sa. Crest—The branch of a rose tree bearing roses ppr.