Crest Identification

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Crest Identification

Post by J Duncan of Sketraw » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:10 am

A Lisa Evangeline Sproul-Crawford sent in a picture of a crest on a house in Barrhead, Scotland. The houses were built by her Grandfather but she is unsure what the crest represents.
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Re: Crest Identification

Post by Mark A. Henderson » Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:14 am

That is indeed interesting. I did not see it listed in Fairbairn's book of crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland. I could have missed it however,
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Post by J Duncan of Sketraw » Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:50 am

Looks like the date on the panel is 1937, so it wouldn't be in Fairbairn's Mark. Not an easy one to determine.
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Re: Crest Identification

Post by Chris Green » Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:13 am

Trawling the internet I find the Irish Crowley/O'Crowley CoA has such a crest:

http://www.crowleyclan.com/council/Arms_usage.html

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If you believe anything issuing from a bucket shop the Spear family also uses the same crest:

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The latter CoA, if accurate, seems to be Scottish - note the boars heads couped close in the Scottish fashion.
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Post by J Duncan of Sketraw » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:12 pm

That's the problem I think Chris, it is difficult to ascertain who's crest it is as it is not unique enough to pinpoint the owner.
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Re: Crest Identification

Post by Chris Green » Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:28 am

That's the problem I think Chris, it is difficult to ascertain who's crest it is as it is not unique enough to pinpoint the owner.
The problem is in fact not so much heraldic as the time-consuming issue of researching who owned the house previously: census records, local council records etc. Given the surname of the first owner, the heraldic issue of whose crest is involved should not be insoluble - assuming that the first owner was entitled to it!
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Re: Crest Identification

Post by Martin Goldstraw » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:59 pm

I've only just found this thread and can't provide an immediate answer however, this building is hardly a stately home and it reminds me of the arms on a house (a semi detached pebble dashed one) very similar to this in the suburbs of the town of Congleton, Cheshire. In the case of the Congleton house, it used to be a police house and it bears the arms of the Cheshire Constabulary. Nowadays it is a simple ex-council house and the only thing which sets it apart from the neighbours is the arms above the door. This may be a similar building.
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