Old Hampshire Mapped
Coats of Arms, HeraldryWriothesley
Thomas Wriotheosley created Earle of Southampton An~o. 1551 by K: Ed: 6t.
The Wriothesley arms are described by St George making a
visitation in 1686:- |
azure, a cross argent between four falcons close or
which is in the 1st quarter of the arms on Speed's map.
The 2nd quarter of the arms is a bit like those of Bill described by Berry:-
or, a fret sable within a bordure engrailed azure, on a canton argent, five martlets in saltier, of the second
The 3rd and 4th quarters are unidentified:-
3 argent five fusils conjoined in pale gules, a bordure sable charged with seven bezants or (??)
4 per pale indented gules and azure, a lion [rampant] or (??)
King Edward the Sixth, in the first yeere of his reigne conferred the said honor [Earl of Southampton] upon Thomas Wriotheosley Lord Chanceller, whose grand-child Henrie by his sonne Henrie, enjoieth the same at this day: and in the prime and flowre of his age hath by good literature and militarie experience strengthend his honorable parentage, that in riper yeeres he might be more serviceable to his Prince and country.
The coat of arms on Blaeu's map of Hampshire, 1645.
The coat of arms on Jansson's map of Hampshire and Berkshire, 1646.
Tho. Wriotheosley created Ear. of Southampton by Kin. Edward 6. Anno 1.
Thomas Wriothesley, or Wrythe, who had been before created Baron of Tichfield in this County by King Henry VIII. Reg. 35. Lord Chancellor of England, and one of the Knights of the Garter; and being made one of that King's Executors, and Council to the Prince Edward, his Son, was three Days before the Coronation of King Edward VI. made Earl of Southampton. He died at Southampton House (then called Lincoln-place) in Holborn, July 30, 1550.