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Musgrove Coat of Arms / Musgrove Family Crest

Musgrove Coat of Arms / Musgrove Family Crest

The surname of MUSGROVE was a locational name 'of Musgrave' a parish near Brough, County Westmorland. A locational name usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The original bearer would take his name from the village, town or the area where he dwelt. This name would identify his whole family, and would follow them wherever they moved. Following the Crusades in Europe a need was felt for a family name. This was recognized by those of noble blood, who realised the prestige and practical advantage that it would add to their status. The name was originally derived from the Old Norman surname de Mucegros, and was established in Herefordshire in the 12th and 13th centuries. A family of this name trace their descent from Thomas de Musgrave, who represented Westmoreland in Parliament in the year 1350. Other records of the name mention Roger de Mussegrave who was recorded in the year 1277 in Westmorland and Thomas Musgrave was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). William Musgrave of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Mosgrove of County Devon, registered at Oxford University in 1581. Thomas Tompkins married Mary Musgrave, St. Antholin, London in 1708. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The name is also spelt MUSGROVE.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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