Thursday, 23 June 2011

Heraldry at Hillsborough

The church at Hillsborough bears two coats of arms for the Hill family.

The coat of arms of Hill is given as sable on a fess argent between three leopards passant guardant or, as many escallops gules.

The motto is ‘Per deum et ferrum obtinui’, By God and my sword I have obtained.

Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire (30 May 1718 – 7 October 1793), known as the Viscount Hillsborough from 1742 to 1751 and as the Earl of Hillsborough from 1751 to 1789, was a British politician of the Georgian era.

The coat of arms dated 1774 also include the supporters Dexter:  a Leopard Or spotted Sable ducally gorged and chained Gules;  Sinister:  a Reindeer Gules attired unguled and plain collared Or

Viscount coronet bearing eight strawberry leaves (four visible) and eight silver balls (or pearls) around the rim (five visible).

Hillsborough Castle was the residence of the Governor of Northern Ireland from 1922-1973. Their arms can be seen on the building outside as follows:

The arms of Duke of Abercorn (1922-45)

The arms of Lord Granville (1945-52)

The arms of Lord Wakehurst (1952-64)

The arms of Lord Erskine of Rerrick (1964-68)

The arms of Lord Grey of Naunton (1968-73)

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