Vaughan of Ottery St Mary

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11 (1920), pp. 40-41.


Lord Coleridge

Prepared by Michael Steer

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VAUGHAN OF OTTERY ST MARY (X, p. 108, par 102). - Your correspondent, A. J. P. Skinner, quotes from Mr Davidson's Manuscript Collections for East Devon Churches, 1829, to the effect that at that time there were four coats of arms of the Vaughan family on four stone shields against the walls of the choir in the Church of Ottery St Mary. These shields were removed at the restoration of the church in 1851, as they were on a plastered surface concealing the remains of niches over the chancel arches. These niches were conjecturally recarved. The shields were removed. For years they lay about in a builder's yard. Some time ago I rescued two of them:-

(1) VAUGHAN: Gules, three boars heads erased, in pale, argent armed or, impaling DREWE, ermine, a lion passant gules. These are the arms of Charles Vaughan, b. 1648, d. 1698, who married in 1679 Margaret, dau. of Francis Drewe of Grange.

(1) VAUGHAN, impaling UPTON, argent, a cross moline sable. These are the arms of John Vaughan, b. 1619, d. 1653, who married in 1638, Elizabeth, dau. of John Upton of Lupton.

These coats of arms I have had repainted and placed again in the church, on the west wall of the Dorset aisle.