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Selby Coat of Arms / Selby Family Crest

Selby Coat of Arms / Selby Family Crest

The surname of SELBY was a locational name 'of Selby' a parish and market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention William de Seleby, 1273 County Yorkshire. Robert de Selby (barber) was documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Willelmus de Selby of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Baptised. Edward George Selbye, St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1618. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function of the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The arms are registered at The Mote, County Kent. Descended from George Selby Esq, to whom the Mote was devised by Sir William Selby, Knight; the said George Selby, Sheriff of Kent, 24 Charles I died in 1667, leaving two sons; I William Selby of the Mote, whose grandson, William Selby, devised the Mote to his kinsman, John Browne; and II Sir Henry Selby, Knight, Serjeant-at-law married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Amherst Esq, of Ballyhall and died in 1715 leaving (with a son Charles of Bayhall, who assumed the name of Amherst in 1745), a daughter Dorothy, wife of John Browne and mother of John Browne, who succeeded to the Mote under the will of William Selby Esq, and assumed by Act of Parliament in 1784 the name of Selby; his son Thomas Selby Esq of the Mote died in March 1820 leaving, by Elizabeth his wife to whom he bequeathed the Mote, daughter of Robert Walford, County Essex, a son, Rev. Charles Bridge Selby, who at his decease in August 1820, left a son Thomas Selby Esq, who succeeded to the estate of Whitley under the will of his kinsman, Thomas Walford in 1833. Early connections in Denmark note here a Baron de Selby.

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