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Carey Coat Of Arms
- Burke's General Armory
- There are several Carey family Arms registered through out
England and Ireland. The one that seems closet to my family tree,
is documented in Burke's General Armory and is described as:
|COAT OF ARMS:
||A bend with 3 roses
a field. Silver shield with a black diagonal bend and 3 silver
argent for peace and sincerity and Nobility;
Black sable for constancy;
Three roses for beauty and grace.
||Cary, Carey, O'Carey,
Carrey, Cari, Carew, O'Carew, Karry, Carry, Karey
||A swan argent,
Norman translation: "Without Blemish"
Latin translation: "Without Stain"
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- The College of Arms
- The Carey Arms and Crest of the Guernsey branch were registered
with the College of Arms, London on 11 November 1915 by William
Wilfred Carey , in common with the English Carys. The arms were
first noted in Guernsey, in documents borne by Nicolas Careye
as Lieutenant of Thomas Wygmore, Bailiff of Guernsey, dated 1582.
The arms for the English branch having been registered by the
Heralds College in 1531.
- Registered as follows:
- 'Argent on a bend Sable three roses of the first barbed and
seeded proper in the sinister chief point a Crescent Sable'.
And for the crest on a wreath of the colors, ' A swan Argent
wings endorsed charged on the body with a crescent as in the
Arms' to be borne and used (in lieu and in substitution of those
heretofore granted and confirmed) by him the said William Wilfred
Carey and his descendants and by the other descendants of his
Ancestor Jean Careye who was living A.D. 1393 with due and proper
differences according to the Laws of Arms.
- This registration confirmed the use of the Arms by both the
Guernsey and English branches with the Guernsey branch naming
a Crescent Sable in the shield to differentiate between the two
- Note also the motto ' Sine Macula ' meaning - Without Blemish.
- Noted in Remarkable Antiquities of the City of Exeter, originally
collected by Richard Tyzacke Esq., heretofore Chamberlain thereof;
and now improved and continued to the Year 1724, by Samuel Tyzacke
Esq., the present Chamberlain, 3rd edition, 1731, pp.71 and 72
- we find the legendary account of how the Cary Family came to
acquire the Arms:
- 'This justicier (Sir John Cary) had a numerous issue, amongst
whom Sir Robert Cary, knight, the true image of his father, not
only as Virgil said of Ascanius, resembling his Father, Aeneas,
in countenance - sic oculos, sic ille manus, sic ora ferebat
- but rather in virtues of Wisdom and Fortitude, for in skill
of Arms, ( which was not his fathers profession ), he excelled,
procuring thereby such favor of King Henry the Fifth, when in
the beginning of which King's Reign (A.D.1413) , a Knight named
Argonise, who in divers Countries for his Honor had performed
many noble Achievements, at length visited England, and challenged
many persons of his Rank and Quality, to make trial of his skill
in Arms, which the said Sir Robert Cary accepted, between whom
was waged a cruel encounter and a long and doubtful combat in
Smith-field, London; where this Mars vanquished this Argonise,
for which he was by the King Knighted, and restored to part of
his Father's inheritance; and by the Law of Heraldry, whosoever
fairly in the Field conquered his Adversary, may fortify the
wearing and bearing of his Arms whom he overcame, and accordingly
he takes on him, the Coat Armory of the said Argonise, being
Argent on a bend Sable, Three Roses of the First, and ever since
born by the name of Cary, whose ancient Coat of Armory I find
to be, Gules, a chevron between three swans proper, one thereof
they still retain in their crest.'