The Spencer family is one of Britain's preeminent aristocratic families. Over time, several family members were made knights, baronets and peers. Hereditary titles held by the Spencers include the dukedom of Marlborough (since 1733), and the earldoms of Sunderland (since 1643), Spencer (since 1765) and the Churchill viscountship (since 1902). Two prominent members of the family were Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965) and Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–1997).
The coat-of-arms of Nitra is among a group of seals from counties whose “hereditary” counts were bishops, and therefore are dominated by a hagiographic theme. The current Coat-of-arms refers to one of several medieval legends surrounding St. Ladislaus, who was King of Hungary in 1077-1095. In this legend, he rescues a princess from the pagan Cumans, a local version of the story of St. George, the patron saint of knights, who saves a princess from a dragon, the embodiment of the devil and…
Walter FitzAlan Stewart, High Steward Scotland - was the 1st hereditary High Steward of Scotland (ca. 1150-1177), and described as "a Norman by culture and by blood a Breton". He was the third son of a Breton knight, Alan fitz Flaad, feudal lord of Oswestry, by his spouse Aveline, daughter of Ernoulf de Hesdin.
Effigy of Robert, at the Everingham tombs at Laxton- Robert Everingham, who died in 1287, was a baron in the reign of King Henry II. He made Laxton his principal home, and was the last of the chief lords of Laxton and hereditary chief keeper or custodian of the royal forests of Nottingham and Derby. Robert was a Knight of King Edward I, and possibly a participant in the crusade led by Prince Edward, 1270-74. From his effigy in stone it is likely that he was clad in armour of ring-mail.
WALTER FITZ ALAN 1106-1177 was the 1st hereditary High Steward of Scotland and described as "a Norman by culture and by blood a Breton". He was the third son of a Breton knight, ALAN FITZ FLAAD, feudal lord of Oswestry, by his spouse AVELINE. He's my 26th Great Grandfather on my mothers side!
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Manderston: Sir James Miller, 2nd Baronet. A Baronet is essentially an hereditary knight. The Miller fortune was made by James's father, who sold herring to the Russians. He also served as ambassador, so he was hardly uncouth. James married an aristocrat after he inherited Manderston, and transformed the house to conform with her lifestyle. Tragically, he died soon after the house was complete. JC