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Quartered Coats of Arms for the Golden valley Family

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Thomas and Agnes Parry

In the church at Turnastone, Herefordshire, is a sculptured slab showing the figures of Thomas Parry ("Thome Apparri") and Agnes, ("Agnet"), his wife. According to Robinson (1872, 2001) this was erected during the lifetime of Agnes, in memory of Thomas who had died in 1522. A drawing was made of the slab (some time around 1840, I think), the full version of which can be seen within the discussions of their pedigree, along with a photograph of the slab taken during 2003. Below is the portion of the slab showing the coats of Arms (with descriptions taken from Robinson - but see notes below image).

The coats of arms of Thomas Parry and Agnes, formerly Bodenham The Arms & their families
1. Parry
Argent a fess between three lozenges azure
2. [effaced by Robinson's time]
3. [unnamed]
Barry three crescents, 2 and 1
4. Delahay
an estoile
  
 [unnamed]
Three lions passant, 2 and 1

Notes

Underneath the altar at Turnastone is a tablet, now badly damaged, which commemorated Richard ap Harry who died in 1626. Richard was the great grandson of Thomas above and, according to the church booklet, the Arms displayed are said to be those of Parry, Waterton, Delahay and Thunder.

The 1569 Herefordshire visitation gives the Arms for the Parrys of Poston as:

  1. Parry Arg. a fess between three lozenges Az. within a bordure of the last.
  2. Waterton Barry of six Erm. and Gu. over all three crescents Sa.
  3. Delahay Arg. a sun Gu.
  4. Thunder Arg. a fess between two (three?) trumpets Sa.

The 1634 Herefordshire Visitation gives the Arms for the Parrys of Poston [signed by James Parry of Poston, who married Winifred Clough) as:

  1. Parry Argent a fess between three lozenges Azure.
  2. Waterton Barry of six Argent and Gules three crescents Sable.
  3. Delahay Argent a sun in splendour Gules.
  4. Thonor Argent a fess between three arrows* fesswise Sable.

* note says these might be canting arms, the charges being 'thunder arrows'.

For the Wilmiston branch (signed by George Parry, who married Margaret Batt) the Arms are given [with differences to Poston highlighted here by italics] as:

  1. Parry Argent a fess between three lozenges a bordure Azure.
  2. Waterton Barry of six Ermine and Gules three crescents Sable.
  3. Delahay Argent a sun in splendour (with a face) Gules.
  4. Thonor Argent a fess between two arrows* fesswise Sable.[note in a later hand in pencil] Suppose Arrows.

* note says these might be canting arms, the charges being 'thunder arrows'. derived from 'thoner flone'.

The James and George who had given the details to the Herald in 1634 would have been cousins, once removed, but this is unlikely to account for the differences, since the relevant marriages had occurred several generations before their two lines separated. There is obviously some confusion with regard to the family names of Thunder or Thonor, although the Poston pedigree in the 1634 Visitation does indicate a link to the Toner family, through Margaret Delahay. Perhaps the 1569 identification of 'trumpets' and the name 'Thunder' are errors by Meyrick [the original manuscript would need checking in order to confirm that.]

So far I have been unable to identify the 2nd quarter in the drawing and it is possible, if the stone was already defaced, that the artist just filled in the quarter with something that looked heraldic. If it was meant to be the Thunder/Thonor Arms, then it is unclear why the order of the quartering had changed by the time of the Visitations. One possible thought is that there was originally another coat and that, if Margaret Delahay became an heiress of the Thoner Arms at some later date (even after her own death), the family decided to use those Arms but dropped the 2nd quarter rather than display six quarterings.

The three lions passant is reminiscent of the English Royal Arms. However, those are not usually in the 2 and 1 formation. But they are not the Arms of the Bodenhams either.


Llandefailog Tre'r Graig, Breconshire

Llandefailog Tre'r Graig, Breconshire, became the home of one branch of the Parrys from the Golden Valley. As far as I can tell, at one time there were monuments in the church to both Joan Parry, wife of James Parry of Poston, and also to their son, Blanch Parry, who was sheriff of Breconshire in 1619. Jones only mentions the monument to Blanch but even that had been destroyed by the time he was writing (early 1800s).

There exists two drawings of the monuments, the full versions of which can be seen within the discussions of their pedigree. The following are the parts relating to the coats of Arms. As is usual, the left-hand side of the shield as you view the images contains the Arms of the husband and the right-hand side, those of the wife. (Note that the correct heraldic description for the left hand side is 'dexter', and the right hand is 'sinister' - the opposite of what might be expected.)

The description of the arms is taken from Jones's account of Blanch's monument (vol.4, p.1), apart from changing the numbering to separate the two sides. Further details of the Arms will be added as they are identified.

Joan Parry, formerly Morgan. Wife of James Parry of Poston

The Arms from the monument to Joan Parry, at Llandefailog Tre'r Graig.
Husband - James Parry's Arms
1. Parry2. a lion rampant3. Tydwal gloff
4.Rhys ap Tudor5. a lion rampant6. a lion rampant
7. barry of eight, argent & gules, three crescent sable for Waterton8. Delahay9. A fess between (three) arrows fesswise
 
Wife - Joan's (formerly Morgan) Arms
1.2.3.4.
5.6.7.8.
9.10.11.12.
13.14.15.

Blanch Parry, sheriff of Breconshire in 1619. Son of the above James Parry and Joan, formerly Morgan

The Arms from the monument to Blanche Parry, at Llandefailog Tre'r Graig.
Husband - Blanch Parry's Arms
1. Parry2. a lion rampant3. Tydwal gloff
4.Rhys ap Tudor5. a lion rampant6. a lion rampant
7. barry of eight, argent & gules, three crescent sable for Waterton8. Delahay9. a fess between two arrows fesswise
 
Wife - Ann's (formerly Morgan) Arms
1.Herbert2. two martlets in pale under a label of three3. Milo Fitzwalter
4. a fess engrailed5. Bleddin Broadspear6. Progers
7. a cross in saltire, borne by some of the Progers8. a fess, in chief three escutcheons9. a lion passant, between three fleurs de lis, for Sir David Gam
10. a lion rampant11. Delahay12. a fess between two arrows fesswise

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