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Derbie Coat of Arms / Derbie Family Crest

Derbie Coat of Arms / Derbie Family Crest

This surname DERBIE was a locational name 'of Derby' the capital of the county of that name. Early records mention Robert de Derby who was recorded in the County Lancashire in the year 1332. William de Dereby, ibid. Robertus de Derby of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Walthall and Sarah Darby were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1733. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. 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.

A notable member of the name was James Derby, 7th Earl (1606-51) the English soldier, known as the 'Great Earl of Derby'. He fought on the Royalist side throughout the Civil War. After the battle of Worcester in 1651, he helped Charles 11 to make his escape but was himself captured by the Parliamentry forces and beheaded at Bolton. His countess, Charlotte de la Tremouille (died in 1663) is famous for her heroic defence of Lathom House (1644) and of the Isle of Man (1651).

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