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"The Mottershead Coat of Arms"
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The Mottershead family lived in Cheshire as Lords of the Manor of Mottram from whence they took their surname.
MOTTERSHEAD OF MOTTRAM
Mottram St. Andrew
The same Gamel holds Motre. His father held it. There is one hide and a half rateable to the gelt tax the land is four caracates. It is waste. There is a wood three leagues long and two broad and two hedged enclosures and an aery for hawks.
Harl. MS. 2146 f.95d 1692. - An ancient l2th century deed without date records, Gamel lord of Mottram gave William his son and heir, all that land in Mottersheved in the vill of Mottram with the messuage and other its appurtenances, from which place he was called William de Mottershead and his descendants Mottershead of Mottram.
Coat of Arms as above. These are entered in the Book of Arms at College of Arms collected by Robert Glover, Somerset Herald and made c.1566 No. 405. "He beareth Sable on a chevron Argent, three cinquefoils Gules, between three cross crosslets Or, as the cost of Mottram of Mottram which after took the name of Mottershead from the owning of an ancient parcell of lands called Mottersheved in the lordship of Mottram" Enrolled, College of Arms dated April 1692 and signed by, - "Sr.Jo.Dugdale, Norroy, and Gregory King, Lancaster Herald, Register of the College of Arms.
Battle of Shrewsbury - 21st July 1403.