Author Topic: Deciphering the description of a Family Crest please  (Read 1897 times)

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Re: Deciphering the description of a Family Crest please
« Reply #18 on: Friday 05 July 19 19:24 BST (UK) »
Hi, and welcome to RootsChat  :)

Does it just mean that the six lions are also 'or' ?

Yes, it means the same tincture/colour as last mentioned.

I'm also puzzled by the "Temp. (temporary?) Richard I" part.

It stands for tempore (Lat.) and means 'in the time of Richard I'.

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Re: Deciphering the description of a Family Crest please
« Reply #19 on: Saturday 06 July 19 09:46 BST (UK) »
Many thanks 'Bookbox' for the quick reply. Much appreciated!

The "time of Richard I" is also most useful, 1189-1199, as the family name d'Orescuilz was relatively short lived after the Norman Invasion but I wasn't sure for how long. I may well be descended from one of the grandsons of Orescuilz, namely the Payn family of Stourpaine, Dorset.

As an aside, I think that this Old French name is pronounced 'Horse Coys', and some wag latinised the name in 1166 as "Aureis Testiculis" i.e. 'Golden Balls'.

Thanks again, Phil