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