North of the Sands

Westmorland Church Notes - Middleton


Middleton Beetham

(In. E. south side of the chancel, altar tomb with recumbent figures, a man in armour, & his lady) arms; (N. side) I. chief indented (Betham)* ; 2. lion's head affronte (Fitzroger) †; 3. cross fretty (? Thwaites but ? meant for Banister) ‡; 4. a quatrefoil; (S. side) 5 saltire engrailed (hidden by benches) (Middleton) ; 6. 3 escallops, (Strickland) ; 7. 6 annulets 3, 2, 1, (Musgrave) ; 8. cross raguly (? Lawrence) ; ( W. side) 9. fretty (Fleming?} ; 10. 2 crowns; 11. 3 combs (Tunstall) §. * E. died N. alphabet, {one of 2 Betham coats given}. Vincent's Ordinary Vol. II. p. 935. Coll. Arms gives ar. chief indented az bendlet gu. to " Sr: Richard Bethum de com. Lanc." An. indented chief was Fitzrandolph of the North, Lord of Mlddleham. West {Antiquities of Furness) notes this bearing to Beetham and N. and B. {1. 224. appendix 628-30). and Whitaker {Richmondshire II. 334}, the former in their notice of old stained glass formerly at Beetham assign a like coat to Burton. The herald Vincent, however, {supra p. 1092) attributes to the latter sa. saltire engr. ar. a chief of last. † N. & B. Mr. Norcliffe calls it a Saracen's head in a note to Mr. Bellasis. ‡ Fusily or loxengy according to N. and B. {1. 628-30) and ascribed by them to Croft {see infra, under Legh). § Tunstall, Musgrave, Strickland, Middleton, and Banister figure n the Betham descent. N. and B. make no note of the Tunstall and Fleming coats, and the two crowns, nor does Mr. Norcliffe of this latter. This tomb would seem in some respects a hard heraldic nut for Westmorland to crack, and to require separate treatment to an extent somewhat beyond the scope of the present general work. Hill MSS. II. 296. also note as "unknown," 41y; I and 4, 3 annulets; 2 and 3, saltire within border engr .

Middleton Burton In Kendal

(Arms in Burton church as shown in Hill MSS. ii. 305). 41y. I. ar. saltire sa (Middleton); 2. or. 3 fleurs de lis az. (Betham); 3. ar chief indented az. (Burton of Burton ?) 4. fusily ar. & sa. (Croft).

Middleton Kirkby Lonsdale

(In. Window E). Cragg and Middleton. Arms, i gu. fess between 3 mullets in chief, and 3 cross crosslets in base ar. On inescutcheon 41y. 1 & 4. ar. saltire engrailed sa. (Middleton), 2 & 3, 41y per fess indented or & gu. on bend az. cinquefoil between 2 martlets of lst (Bindloss). ii. Hebblethwaite & Middleton ar. 2 pallets az.; on canton or, mullet sa. On inescutcheon Middleton & Bindloss 41y. iii. Moore and Cragg. Arms, or, on chevron erminois between 3 wreathed negro's heads couped ppr., pheon of the field. On inescutcheon 41y. 1 & 4. Cragg, 2 Middleton, 3 Bindloss. iv. Fawcett and Hebblethwaite. Arms, ar. on bend az. 3 dolphins embowed or. On inescutcheon 41y. 1 & 4 Hebblethwaite,2 Middleton, 3 Bindloss. v. 41y. of 6, 1 & 6, Moore; 2, Cragg; 3, Middleton; 4, Bindloss, 5 ?–––On inescutcheon 41y. 1, Fawcett; 2, Hebblethwaite; 3, Middleton; 4, Bindloss; vi. Fawcett. Arms, 41y. 1, Fawcett; 2, Hebblethwaite; 3, Middleton; 4, Bindloss.

Middleton 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.

Middleton Kirkby Thore

(S). To the memory of John Lancaster of Hale Field who died May 3rd 1853 aged 64 years. , in life respected, in death lamented, also of Mary Errington his mother-in-law and daughter of the late Reverend Joseph Middleton, Rector of Farlington, Middlesex,who died October 12th 1845 aged 72 years. Her end was peace.