Heraldry - Coats of Arms

To verify these Coats of Arms,

several independent source have been used.

(Note - most of the coats of arm illustrated here are shown as finger-prints

double click on them to enlarge)

 

An attempt to list all the Coats of Arms granted to the Bagnall families was made by Philip Bagnall in 1925, but his book only contains the written descriptions. Listed below are some of the interpretations of these found in various publications

 

Philip H. Bagenal. OBE. BA (Oxon)

VISSITUDES of An Anglo-Irish Family 1530-1800 A story of Irish Romance and tragedy.

Published 1925 London - Page 4 - Sir Ralph Bagenal - "knighted at Roxburgh, after the 'cruel battle of Musselburgh,' by the Duke of Somerset in 1547. Metcalf's Book of Knights gives his arms thus: 'Sable on an escutcheon ermine within an orb of marlets Argent, A leopard's face gules.'

From Appendix C the author list out his findings on the armorial crests

Appendix C.

ARMORIAL BEARINGS OF THE BAGENAL FAMILY.*

In medieval times the right to bear heraldic arms carried with it great social significance. It meant a distinct rise in the social scale of life and once given was hereditary. The word "gentleman" to-day means legally a person entitled to carry armorial bearings. The first armorial bearings apparently in the Bagenal family were those of Sir Ralph Bagenal consequent on his Knighthood after the battle of Musselburgh 1547. The arms conferred on him then are given as follows:-

ARMS. Per saltire or and ermine A lion rampant azure. "Claudius c e gives Sir Ralph Bagenal's Arms as sable within an orle martlets argent, an inescutcheon Ermine charged with a leopard's face gules. Crest on a wreath and sable a dragon's head erased gules charged with 2 bars or" Cotton MSS.

AUTHORITIES. Hart MSS. 2043, 4269 C D.S.P. No. 2, etc. Various crests in the various Branches of the Family as the name is variously given.

CREST. There are several variants of the Bagenal Crest as there were of the spelling of the name. Fairbairn in his Book of Crests gives the folllowing , illustrated in excellent plates.

1. BAGENHALL. A Dragon's head erased gules gorged with a bar gemelle or.

2. BAGENHOLT. A horse courant, bridled, proper.

3. BEAUCHAMP FREDERICK BAGENAL. Co. Carlow. Heraldic ante- lope sejant vert, attired (i.e., antlered) ungu, ducally gorged and chained.

4. BAGNALL (Kent). A dragon's head erased gules gorged with 2 bars or

5. BAGNALL, JOHN, Esquire, Water Orton, near Birmingham; and Benjamin Bagnall, Esqre., Ellerslie and Eaton Gardens, Hove, Sussex. . A Lion rampant holding between the paws an hour glass. Motto: Fugit hora.

6. BAGNAL, Staffs. and Wales. An Antelope sejant argent billettee sable, ducally gorged, ti ...... armed and tufted or

7. BAGNALL, of Wicklow and Worcester. A heraldic antelope sejant argent, billettee sable, horns and tail or collared and chained of the same the chain reflexed over the back.

8. BAGNALL (Ireland). A heraldic antelope sejant vert ducally gorged and chained or

9. BAGNALL. - Wild Ralph B Esq. 'M.A. J.P. Costock, Notts.

(1) A demi stag sable guttle d'oi attired and resting the sinister foot on escallop (for Wild).

(2) Upon the trunk of a tree fess-ways eradicated and sprouting ppr an heraldic antelope sejant drg. bezantee gorged with a collar gemel and attired or (pr Bagnall). * Fairbairn's Book of Crests..

 

 

 

 

        Sir Bernard Burke

 "The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales" Published 1884

  1. Bagnall (Kent). Barryof six or (another, erm) and sa. over all alion ramp. az. Crest--A dragon's head erased gu. girged with two bars or.

  2. Bagnall (Staffordshire and Wales). Erm. two bars or. over a lion ramp. az. Crest--An antelope sejant ar. billettee sa. ducally gorged, lined, armed, and tufted or.

  3. Bagnall (Sir Henry Bagnall of the Newry, co. Down, knighted at Christ Church, Dublin, 24 April 1579). Erm, two bars or, over a lion ramp, az. Crest--An heraldic antelope sejant vert crined ducally gorged and chained or.

  4. Bagnall (Wick and Worcester. After the Battle of Worcester William BAGNALL, of Upper Wick, who d. 21 Sept 1652 aged 36, gave his horse to Charles II., on which His Majesty fled through St. Martin's Gate). Ermines two bars or, over all a lion ramp, double quequed vert. Crest-- An antelope sejant az. billettee sa. horns and tails or, collared and chained of the same, chained reflexed over the back

  5. Bagnall (Staffordshire). Sa an inescutcheon erm. charged with a lion's head erased vert within an orle of eight martlets or.

  6. Bagnall (Staffordshire). Sa. an  inescutcheon erm. charged with a leopard's face. within an orle of  martlets or.

  7. Bagnall Sa an  inescutcheon erm. charged within an orle of  martlets or.

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H. Sydney Grangebrook

The Visitations of Staffordshire AD 1583

Published 1883 - Historical Collection - Staffordshire Vol III (Wm Salt) - original document made by Robert Glover, al's Norrey King of Arms, Anno D'ni 1583 - shows early family pedigree of Bagnall, Baginholde, arms of Bagenholte (see Heraldry link)

Page 26 "In Deamulatorio Baronis de Burleygh and Thibaulde's"

(Theobald's, Herts, then the seat of the famous Lord Burleigh, but afterwards the royal palace of King James I., who acquired it from Sir Robert Cecil in exchange for Hatfield. We learn from a survey of crown lands, made in 1650 by the Parliamentary Commissioners, that on the east side of the house was a cloister and over it a long gallery, called the "Green Gallery", in which were "excellently well painted" the arms of the noblemen and gentlemen in the "several shires in England"

Bagenholte ---- Sable, an inescutcheon argent charged with a leopard's face gules within an orle of eight martlets of the second

 

 

 

Llewellynn Jewitt

The Reliquary

Published 1869-70, p111/112 - article wrote by John Sleigh, esq.ed by L Jewitt, Qtrly Archaelogical Journal & Review (copy at Hanley Library, Stoke on Trent) - (first name on pedigree William Bagenall, [Bagnall] of Castorne; living 1460) (quotes arms of Sir Ralph)

(Sir Ralph's seal, attached to old conveyances and other deeds bears, per saltire or and ermine, a lion rampant azure. Crest - an antelope sejant argent, ducally gorged or. Motto - Seur et loyal. But in Cotton MS, Claudius, C. 3, his arms are given as - Sable, within an orle of marlets argent, an inescoheon ermine, charged with a leopard's-face gules. Crest- On a wreath or and sable, a dragon's-head erased gules, charged with two bars or).

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Percy Walter Lewis Adams

A History of the Adams Family of North Staffordshire

Published 1914/15 - Lists Bagnall family on pedigree (copy at Hanley Library, Stoke on Trent) (page 268 - quotes "Where ye Bagnalls were ever lords here {Bagnall Village} is uncertain, though no question they took their name from ye place. . . "Notes to Chetwynd's Pirehill Hundred, edited by the Rev. F. Parcker, S.H.C., vol. XII, N.S., p28, we see that in A.D. 1299 the Abbott of Combermere sues William de Bagenholt for half the Manor of Bagnall." (page 99 show Bagnall arms)

 

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Dr. Roger Plott LLD

The Natural History of Staffordshire

Published Oxford 1686 - reprinted 1973 - in the front section of the  book it shows a map with place names of Staffordshire and this is surrounded by the arms of the Staffordshire nobles/gentry -(because it a small shield when enlarged some of the definition is lost-it should be noted that this coat of arms has the added half moon above the Lions head added)

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John Sleigh

A History of the Ancient Parish of Leek, in Staffordshire

Published during the later half of the 19th C (about 1883)- has pedigrees of the Bagnalls of Bagnall (14th C to 17th)

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John Sleigh

A History of the Ancient Parish of Leek, in Staffordshire

shown on Bagnall of Broseley Pedigree

 

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John Ward

The Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent

First pub 1843- this crest taken from the pedigree printed 

Fairbairn's Crest of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland - ISBN 1 85079 063 9 - pub 1986

Bagnall, Kent, a dragon's head, erased, gu., gorged with two bars, or.

Fairbairn's Crest of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland - ISBN 1 85079 063 9 - pub 1986

Bagnall, Staffs. and Wales, an antelope, sejant, ar., billettee, sa., ducally gorged, lined, armed, and tufted, or.

Fairbairn's Crest of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland - ISBN 1 85079 063 9 - pub 1986

Bagne, and Bague, on a chapeau, a pelican vulning, ppr.

Fairbairn's Crest of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland - ISBN 1 85079 063 9 - pub 1986

Bagnel, Bagnell, Bagnill, or Bagnoll, a galley, sails furled, ppr.

Fairbairn's Crest of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland - ISBN 1 85079 063 9 - pub 1986

Bagnell, a goat, rampant, ducally gorged, and staked to the ground.

Fairbairn's Crest of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland - ISBN 1 85079 063 9 - pub 1986

Bignell, Salisbury, Wilts, Norf., and London. a wyvern, gu., wings elevated and addorsed, or (dexter on an anchor, gold).

 

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This illustration is supposed to be based on information found in Burkes's General Armory - see below

 

 

Sir Bernard Burke

 "The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales" Published 1884

Bignell (Salisbury and London). Erm  lion ramp. gu. on a chief az an ear of big-wheat couped and bladed or, betw, two endorsed or, resting the dexter foot on an anchor of the last

 

At this web site of Phil Bagnall he has made some interesting heraldic shields of the Coats of Arms- Click on the Shield to go to his site.

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