North of the Sands

Westmorland Church Notes - Bellingham

 

Bellingham Beetham

(" In High quire S. side in wainscot." Machell). F. died 1614. Also rough note of Arms. 41y of 6; I. sa. saltire ar. (Duckett) ; 2. saltire betw. 12 cross (crosslets) (Windsor) ; 3. bend; 4; guttee (Coll. Arms c. 39) ; 5. cornucopia stringed (Bellingham) ; 6. 3 bendlets, on canton lion rampant (Burneshead) Crest, of Duckett. These arms also appear on a monument in Jesus College, Cambridge, with the positions of 3 & 4 reversed, to Lionel Duckett 1603. Hill MSS, II. 296. N. & B. I.

Bellingham Crosby Ravensworth

Two crosses in ye church yard and these arms in the window. Wharton (ar. Maunch gu.?) impaling erm. fretty gu., chief last (Thornborough) and in a lozenge shield 3 cornucopias (Bellingham). Hill MSS. Vi. 437.

Bellingham Kirkby Lonsdale

(" This coat of arms was on ye Casterton pew on ye south side on wainscot A.D. 1605 in Kirkby Lonsdale church." Hill Memory of SS 11,328 citing Machell). Crest. (Over an esquire's helmet) a stag's head cabossed* Arms, 41y of 6. 1 & 6 ar. on chevron 3 cross crosslets fitched, a crescent for difference. (For Braithwaite, i.e. gu. on chevron ar. 3 cross-crosslets fitched sa.); 2, barry ? lion rampant vert; 3 vert, a bend erm.; 4 or, a bugle horn sa. (for Bellingham); 5, ar. 3 bendlets gu., on canton of last, lion rampant (of field) (Burneshead). * This is not the Braithwaite crest at Coll. Arms (C. 39, 7, & 2 died 14.) The collar and line round the "couchant greyhound" were taken away by Segar at the College in 1601.

Bellingham Kirkby Lonsdale

(" This coat of arms was on ye Casterton pew on ye south side on wainscot A.D. 1605 in Kirkby Lonsdale church." Hill Memory of SS 11,328 citing Machell). Crest. (Over an esquire's helmet) a stag's head cabossed* Arms, 41y of 6. 1 & 6 ar. on chevron 3 cross crosslets fitched, a crescent for difference. (For Braithwaite, i.e. gu. on chevron ar. 3 cross-crosslets fitched sa.); 2, barry ? lion rampant vert; 3 vert, a bend erm.; 4 or, a bugle horn sa. (for Bellingham); 5, ar. 3 bendlets gu., on canton of last, lion rampant (of field) (Burneshead). * This is not the Braithwaite crest at Coll. Arms (C. 39, 7, & 2 died 14.) The collar and line round the "couchant greyhound" were taken away by Segar at the College in 1601.

Bellingham Kirkby Lonsdale

(Middleton chapel, N. E). Hill MSS. II, 328, citing Machell, has the following note with tricks of arms :-" E .end N. aisle, Middleton quire, where are ye ruins of a fine mon : made of alabaster of a reddish brown colour, below wh. these coats of arms ; on wh.were ye effigies of Edwd. Middleton Esq. & his wife." 1 (one end) saltire engrailed (Middleton) ; II. Middleton impaling 3 combs (Tunstal) ; III. (5. side) Middleton im paling on chevron between 10 cinquefoils, 6 in chief, & 4 in base, 3 mullets (Carus) IV. Middleton impaling 3 bugle horns (Bellingham) v. (N. side) per fess ? plain & lozengy, a fess chequy (sic. ? for lozengy, a label, i.e., Fitzwilliam see note below) impaling Middleton. VI. Middleton impaling Bellingham.* * Such is Machell's and Hill's account. The old tomb, (formerly in the centre of this chapel, when it extended further into the churchyard) is now (1888) more than half destroyed. The lady's figure, cut to the waist, appears, and such of the structure as remains is run (end on) against the north wall. Canon Ware (Cumbd. & Westmd. Antiq. & Arch. Soc.Trans. pt. II, vol. I pp. 193-4) cites Whitaker as noting Middleton impaling Tunstal, and (if Mr. Bellasis understands him rightly) suggests Fitzwilliam Instead of Tunstal (i.e. lozengy and a label). Now Fitzwilliam may be intended for the strange trick above in No. v, & the Middleton coat on the sinister side of the shield may stand for Eleanor Middleton married to Fitzwilliam c. 1330., but this Tunstal on the sinister side of the shield would have to be dexter, if it is to make way for John Fitzwilliam. The known Middleton-Tunstall match is later than this tomb's probable date. Whitaker apparently only follows Machell with these 3 combs; & some such early Middleton- Tunstall match is quite as possible as the Fitzwilliam-Middleton alliance; and neither need make way for the other.

Bellingham Lowther

(in. N. Transept, brass). Magistratus indicat virum. Henry Earl of Lonsdale, Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Westmoreland & Cumberland, Colonel of the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Cavalry, Hon: Colonel of the Royal Cumberland Militia, Hon: Colonel of the Cumberland Volunteers, late Captain in the 1st Life Guards. Rep. Westmoreland in Parliament 25 years. B. Mar: xxvii A.D. mdcccxviiiD. Aug: xv A.D. mdccclxxvi. To whose beloved memory, the best of husbands and fathers and the most upright of gentlemen, this monument is erected by his wife. The memory of the just is blessed. (This is on either side of a full length figure, full face, in uniform of the 1st Life Guards, holding the helmet in the right hand; being a portrait of Henry Lord Lonsdale. Mr. Grump). Two shields of Arms (above), 1. or. 6 annulets 3, 2, I, sa. (Lowther) (with ulster badge). 2. Lowther impaling barry of 10 ar. & gu. on canton of 2nd lion passant guardant or (Caulfeild). Also 2 medallions each containing 5 small shields. On 1st medallion are I. Lowther (with ulster badge); II. Sa. 3 escallops within bordure engrailed ar. (Strickland); III. Gu. 3 lucies hauriant or (Lucy); IV. Ar. lion rampant sa. (Stapleton); V. Erm. on canton az. cross calvary or, (Quaile). On 2nd medallion, I. Sa.3 covered cups ar. (Warcop); II. Sa. 3 martlets volant ar. (Coll. Arms C. 39, 15 born ); III. Ar. 2 bars gu. on canton of 2nd, mullet of the field (Lancaster of Sockbridge); IV. Ar.3 bugle horns sa. (Bellingham); V. Ar. chevron gu. between 3 torteaux (Sherard).