Lawton's Valley
Lawton Family Coat Of Arms

  Story of the Lawton Coat of Arms
Works on genealogy and heraldry contain various though similar descriptions of authenticated Lawton arms, Ormerod's famed history presenting the fullest, accompanied by a good-sized engraving. A copy of the latter in smaller size will accompany this writing. Ormerod's reference to the family arms is as follows:

"Arms - Argent, a fesse Sable between three cross crosslets of the second, on the fesse a cinquefoil Argent. [The original coat, however, was Or, a chevron between two cross crosslets in chief, Gules, and a dolphin in the base, Azure, being a combination of the coats of the early Lautons and the Davenports. The mantle of the present coat, given in the annexed engraving, is copied from the Arms of the family, carved on a snuff box formerly of Car. II.]

Crest - On the wreath a demi-wolf rampant Argent, licking a wound in the right shoulder, Gules. [Arms - Or, a chevron between three dolphins, Gules, for Lauton ancient.]"

Interpretations: Or, gold or yellow, represented by dots if in black. Argent, white representing silver. Gules, red, represented by perpendicular lines. Sable represented by vertical and horizontal lines. Silver shield means clear conscience. Sable fesse, sash of commander. Cinquefoil on sash also means commander. Black cross crosslets with point at base means pilgrimage and applies. Dolphin means strength and swiftness; king of fishes; seeks its enemies furiously. Wolf, fierceness and a brave strategist. Rampant, standing upright on hind legs as if attacking a person. Chevron represents a rooftree and means protects country from its enemies. Mantle, "that appearance of folded cloth drawn about a coat of arms," - Webster. Man on whom arms conferred by sovereign said to have paid some $3,000, although supposed to be free.

From "Visitation of Cheshire," 1580, Harleian Society publications, another version:

"Arms - Argent, on a fesse between three cross-crosslets fitche Sable, a cinquefoil of the first, pierced of the second.

Crest - A demi-wolf salient, regardant Argent, vulned in the back Gules, and licking the wound. These Arms and Crest were granted by Robert Cook, Clarencieux by l'res patentes. Dated 14 R. Elizabeth (1572)."

Clarencieux - (klar-en-shu) - In Great Britain, the second king at arms, so called from the Duke of Clarence, and appointed by Edward IV. His office is to marshal and dispose the funerals of all baronets, knights, and esquires, on the south of the river Trent.
-- Old Webster

Still another description of the Lawton coat-of-arms is given in Burke's General Armory, 1884:

Arms - "Argent, on a fesse between three crosses crosslet fitche sable, as many cinquefoils of the field."

Crest - "A demi wolf salient regardant argent, vulned in the breast gules."

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  A Children's Adventure

In My Valley
by Julia Ward Howe

From the hurried city fleeing,
From the dusty men and ways,
In my golden sheltered valley,
Count I yet some sunny days.

Golden, for the ripened Autumn
Kindles there its yellow blaze;
And the fiery sunshine haunts it
Like a ghost of summer days.

Walking where the running water
Twines its silvery caprice,
Treading soft the leaf-spread carpet,
I encounter thoughts like these:�

"Keep but heart, and healthful courage,
Keep the ship against the sea,
Thou shall pass the dangerous quicksands
That ensnare Futurity;

"Thou shalt live for song and story,
For the service of the pen;
Shalt survive till children's children
Bring thee mother-joys again.

"Thou hast many years to gather;
And these falling years shall bring
The benignant fruits of Autumn,
Answering to the hopes of Spring.

"Passing where the shades that darken
Grow transfigured to thy mind,
Thou shalt go with soul untroubled
To the mysteries behind;

"Pass unmoved the silent portal
Where beatitude begins,
With an equal balance bearing
Thy misfortunes and thy sins."

Treading soft the leaf-spread carpet,
Thus the Spirits talked with me;
And I left my valley, musing
On their gracious prophecy.

To my fiery youth's ambition
Such a boon were scarcely dear;
"Thou shalt live to be a grandame,
Work and die, devoid of fear."

"Now, as utmost grace it steads me,
Add but this thereto," I said:
"On the matron's time-worn mantle
Let the Poet's wreath be laid."


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