The surname of WASHBOURNE was a locational name 'of Washbourn' a parish in County Gloucestershire; also a chapelry in the parish of Overbury, County Worcester, and there was a small place of the name in Devonshire. The name was derived from the Old English word 'waesce' literally meaning the dweller where washing of sheep or clothes was done. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention WASEBORNE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was documented as WAYSSEBURN in the year 1276, County Devon. Walter de Wasseburne, County Devon, ibid. Anthony Washbourne of County Worcester registered at Oxford University in the year 1593. Norman Washeborne and Margaret Midnall were married in London in 1598. Daniel Washbourne of London, registered at Oxford University in 1599. Samuell, son of Robert Washborne was baptised at St. Antholin, London in 1616. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on 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 flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. (Washbourne and Wichenford, County Worcester; settled there during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). The direct male line ceased with William Washbourne Esq., who left an only child Elizabeth. She married Francis Money of Wellingborough.)
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