The surname of FERRER has the arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Baddesley, Clinton, Co. Warwick: the only remaining male branch of the house of Ferrers, represented by Marmion Edward Ferrers Esq. eldest son and heir of the late Edward Ferrers, Esq of Baddesley, Clinton, by Lady Harriet Anne Ferrers Townshend, his wife, daughter of George, second Marquess Townshend, and through his mother, now senior co-heir to the Barony of Ferrers, of Chartley). This is also the name of a great noble family who held the earldom of Derby from 1138 to 1266. Many present day descendants of this family still bear the name, although the direct male-line died out in the Middle Ages. Some members of this great family went to Spain and some notable members of the name include Fernando de Herrera (c.1534-1597) the Spanish lyric poet, born in Seville. He took holy orders. Many of his love poems are remarkable for tender feeling, while his odes sometimes attain a certain amount of grandour. He wrote a prose of history of the war in Cyprus (1572) and translated the Life of Sir Thomas More from Latin. Antonio de Herrera (1549-1625) the Spanish historian, born in Cuellar near Segovia. He wrote a history of 'Castilian Exploits in the Pacific' (1601-15), a description of the West Indies, and a history of England and Scotland in the time of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Francisco 'El Viejo' Herrera (the elder) (1576-1656) was the Spanish painter born in Seville. He painted historical pieces, wine shops, fairs, carnivals and the like. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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