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Horrocks Coat of Arms / Horrocks Family Crest

Horrocks Coat of Arms / Horrocks Family Crest

HORROCKS was a locational name 'of Horrocks' in the parish of Clitheroe, County Lancashire, so called from the plural form of the dialectic term'hurrock', meaning 'heaped-up or pile of loose stones or rubbish'. Also a name for a dweller near the hoar oak or gray oak. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived.Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned. Early records of the name mention William Horrocks, 1584, of Runworth, County Lancashire, listed in the Wills of Chester (l545-l620). James Horrocks was recorded in Lancashire in the year 1604. William Horrex and Ann Parsonson were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1775. The name is also spelt HORROCK, HORROX and HORREX. Notable members of the name included Sir Brian Gwynne HORROCKS (l895-l985) English soldier. Educated at Uppingham and the Royal Military College, he joined the Middlesex Regiment in l9l4. He served in France from l9l4 - l9l8 and in Russia in l9l9. Command and staff assignments led to his appointment to command the 9th Armoured Division and the l3th and l0th Corps in North Africa. His 30th Corps struggled gamely but unavailingly to link up with the airborne troops in Arnhem. On retirement Horrocks was made Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod. He later made a reputation as a military journalist and broadcaster and wrote 'A full Life' (l960) and 'Corps Commander' (l977). 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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