Appendix of Arms


A History of Great Torrington. Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1875, Vol VII, pp. 100-101.


Rev Frederick D. Colby

Prepared by Michael Steer

The major paper, presented at the Association's June 1875 Torrington meeting provides a sweeping panoramic display of the ancient town's history. Its Appendix presents a comprehensive list of civic and family heraldic blazons related to places and people mentioned in Colby’s comprehensive account. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Barons of Torrington. Gules, two bars, and in chief a lion passant or.

Borough of Torrington. Argent, two bars wavy, over all a fleur-de-lis, and within a bordure engrailed, all sable.

Bryan. Argent, three piles fitchée in point azure.

Byng {Viscount Torrington). Quarterly sable and argent, in the first quarter a lion rampant of the second.

Christ Church, Oxford. Sable, on a cross engrailed argent a lion passant gules between four leopards' heads azure ; on a chief or a rose of the third, seeded of the fifth, barbed vert, between two Cornish choughs proper.

Coplestone. Argent, a chevron engrailed gules between three leopards' faces azure.

Fortescue. Azure, a bend engrailed argent, cotised or.

Goodwyn. Or, a fesse between six lions' heads erased gules.

Herbert {Earl of Torrington). Per pale azure and gules, three lions rampant argent

Howe. Argent, a fesse between three wolves' heads erased sable.

Martin. Argent, two bars gules.

Merton. Azure, three bends argent.

Monk {Earl of Torrington). Gules, a chevron between three lions' heads erased argent.

Richmond, Margaret Countess of. 1 and 4 ; azure, 3 fleurs- de-lis or. 2 and 3; gules, three lions passant guardant on

Risdon. Argent, three bird-bolts sable.

Rolle. Or, on a fesse dancettee between three billets azure, each charged with a lion rampant of the field, as many bezants.

Stevens. Per chevron argent and gules; in chief two falcons rising proper, belled or.

St. John of Lapford. Argent, a bend sable, on a chief gules two mullets or, within a bordure engrailed of the second.

Sully. Argent, two chevrons gules.

Tracy. Or, two bendlets gules. (William Tracy, or, an escallop in chief sable between two bends gules. Pole.)

Umfraville of Lapford. Gules, crusilly and a rose or.

Way. Azure, three luces hauriant argent.

Wellington. If this family was a branch of the Wylyngtona of Umberleigh, the arms would be: gules, a saltire vair.