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Coat of Arms For The Family Name of LOXTON (supposedly)


Disclaimer:

No claim is made that any present descendent of Anne Loxton (c1800) or her branch of the Loxton family has the right to bear any Arms, any right would have been lost for any descendents of Anne because the woman carries no right, only the eldest male heir inherits any right.
This information has been included for interest only.
(No claim is made to the accuracy of the following definitions)

Read Dick Eastman´s article about ´Shopping Mall Heraldry´ and then read the following with an open mind.

ORIGIN OF NAME:
The origin of the family name of Loxton was "Old English" (i.e. not Norman or Saxon), and as with all such names, it is not possible to even hazard an opinion as to the period of time during which the ancestors of the bearers of the name may have been in Britain. P.H. Reaney, considered the most authoritative writer on British surnames and their origins, in his "A DICTIONARY OF BRITISH SURNAMES", counters this question with another, "For what period of time would Britain have occupied her present position?"

The origin of the name was first noted and recorded in Britain in the year *1225, being noted to the person of William Loxton in the County of Worcestershire. We hasten to explain, however, that this date of recording has no bearing whatsoever on the period of time of the ancestors of this bearer of the origin of the name being in Worcestershire, or for that matter in Britain.

The name was of note in the field of military enterprise in the 'Border Country' of England and Scotland during the troubled times of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

EXPLANATION OF THE ARMS:
White: In heraldry, the colour white, when borne as a "field colour" is significant of Peace and Sincerity. It is pointed out. Last updated: 6 Jan 2007 by Guillim, considered the most authoritive of the ancient heraldic writers however, that the term "Peace" is not intended to portray one prepared to accept peace at any price, but denotes a "bearer of arms" ready to devote all his efforts to bring about a just and equitable peace, a peace which would endure because it would be such a peace.

Sable (black): Is symbolic of Constancy and, sometimes but less frequently also denotes Grief.

Ermine: The colour ermine, presented in heraldry with a white field with black arrowlike markings, is representative of the fur ermine. This fur has for so long been associated with the robes of Royalty and the Nobility that its purpose in heraldry is to lend dignity to any armorial grant. At first permitted only to those born of the Nobility, it was later also allowed to those who had achieved high rank or status from military enterprise or civic achievement.

The Chevron: From whence came the insignia of the armed forces, was granted as a reward to those who had accomplished some notable enterprise, usually of a military nature. Representative of the roof-tree of a house, that which upon all else depends, it was considered a most worthy and honourable bearing of arms. It is classified in armory as a bearing "Honourable Ordinary". Guillim, however, as if to contradict the term "Ordinary", places high significance on the Chevron, "The Chevron gives recognition to that which has already been achieved by its bearer. A reputation should not be gained from that which a person "intends" to accomplish".

The Griffin's Head: Is representative of the Griffin. This chimerical creature with the body of a lion and the head, wings and talons of the eagle is one of the principal bearings of heraldry and is usually borne as a crest. It is said to set forth the property of a valorous soldier who would dare all dangers and hazard even death itself rather than become captive of the enemy.




The Beacon: Formerly each county possessed one or more beacons in order to arouse all the country in the event of an invasion. They signify one who is watchful or who gave the signal in time of danger.

The Serpent: Was the ancient Egyptian symbol of Wisdom. It is pointed out that in heraldry the term "Wisdom" denotes one who had proven an ability to heed and benefit from wise counsel, particularly in the field of military enterprise.

The Motto:  "Fiat lux"   Latin phrase for " Let There Be Light ". No record has been found to sustantiate this claim and other members of the family who have bought shields from shopping malls have had different mottos quoted to them.

(Source unsure: possibly provided by a shopping mall genealogist when Mervyn & Rhonda Loxton had an interpretation of the above text made up as a Coat-of-Arms for display at the 2nd World Reunion, May 1985, Loxton, South Australia.)


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Updated: 6 January 2007 - minor changes only