The Blencowe bleeding heart

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The crest of the Blencowe family is a pale silver sword plunged into a red heart between two expanded silver wings and is common to both the Cumberland and Northamptonshire branches of the family.

The 1858 edition of Burke's Landed Gentry gives this description for the arms of the Blencowes of Blencowe and Thoby Priory. "1st, Blencow, gu., a quarter erg. 2nd, Greystoke, augmentation with a difference. 3rd, Laton Dalemain. 4th, Prescott.' The third and fourth were quarterings from later marriages. The first two suggest that Adam de Blencowe had a coat of arms before being granted that of the Greystokes. The 1858 edition also says concerning the crest of the Blencowe arms; 'A legend In the family refers this curious crest to the circumstance that, In the Border wars [with Scotland], a Blencowe, whose crest was a sword, having slain a Douglas (no small honor In those days), was permitted to unite It In the present form, the the bleeding heart of the Douglas" .

If so, this would have been before 1462, when the Earls of Douglas, rivals to the Scottish royal house of Stewart. were finally reduced, by the King of Scotland, who confiscated their lands, and not by the English.

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