Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

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Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Postby oel » Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:43 am

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Family crest what I believe to be a dove holding In the beak a wheat-stalk. I would appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks.

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Re: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Postby trevorg » Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:23 pm

Hi Peter,
I believe this crest is for Oldfield of Durington, Lincolnshire (a dove close arg holding in it’s beak an ear of wheat).
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Re: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Postby trevorg » Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:34 pm

Further research indicates that the spelling of the village of Durington in Fairbairns has either changed over time or is mis-spelled and is actually Dorrington in Lincolnshire. There are monuments to the Oldfield family (Anthony Oldfield) within the parish church of St James and St John that was erected according to a will of 1715.

https://www.lincstothepast.com/Church-o ... ecord?pt=S

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Re: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Postby oel » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:00 pm

Hi Trevorg,

Thank you very much for the assistance and valuable information. Much appreciated
Regards,

Peter.

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Re: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Postby JayT » Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:48 am

Are you certain this bird is a dove? It might not make a difference for the attribution, but to me this looks like a grouse or a partridge: general profile, feathers on top of head, markings on wings, and legs. Just a thought.

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Re: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Postby trevorg » Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:42 pm

The only crests listed and illustrated in Fairbairns for a bird holding an ear of wheat vertically as that shown in the photo are described either as doves, birds or doves beaked and legged (whatever that is). I cannot comment on whether or not this is an accurate description or that engravers followed a common prescribed illustrative design as this would be for others with a better knowledge of heraldry.
Fairbairns has various families associated with this crest (Godding, Goding, Littlefield, Ouldfield) but, with the exception of Tallis of Ireland, all are described as being on a garb (a bundle of grain) and it is only Oldfield of Durington that excludes the garb.
I have excluded Tallis of Ireland, who in Fairbairns does describe the crest as a dove holding an ear of wheat (and whose arms were granted by Roberts, Ulster 1644 to Thomas Tallis Muster Master General of Ireland), as the description of the associated crest in The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales has the dove holding in it’s beak an olive branch but, similarly, this may not be fully accurate and so should probably not be excluded.

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Re: Family crest bird with wheat stalk in beak

Postby JayT » Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:38 pm

Thanks for the clarification. I guess species of bird is not as important as what said bird is holding in its beak.


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