HERALDRY – BOTELER FAMILY Illuminated heraldic tree of the Boteler (Butler or Pincerna) family, residing in Yatton, Somerset during the reign of Edward II, [mostly prior to 1604, with early seventeenth and eighteenth century additions]
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HERALDRY – BOTELER FAMILY
Illuminated heraldic tree of the Boteler (Butler or Pincerna) family, residing in Yatton, Somerset during the reign of Edward II, [mostly prior to 1604, with early seventeenth and eighteenth century additions]
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 3,923) inc. premium

Lot Details
HERALDRY – BOTELER FAMILY
Illuminated heraldic tree of the Boteler (Butler or Pincerna) family, residing in Yatton, Somerset during the reign of Edward II and latterly in Droitwich, Worcestershire, Sharnboke, Bedfordshire, and Teston in Kent, comprising twenty illuminated coats-of-arms of the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century, with at the end an flourished eighteenth century full achievement, on five skins or parchment, one with remnants of paper backing, usual dust-staining and creasing but overall in good and attractive condition, 2120 x 330mm., [mostly prior to 1604, with early seventeenth and eighteenth century additions]

Footnotes

  • A FINE ELIZABETHAN ILLUMINATED GENEALOGY, with early seventeenth and eighteenth century additions. The three skins that make up most of the genealogy are written in a neat late Elizabethan Secretary hand; to which two shields have been added by a Jacobean or early Caroline herald with explanatory text. To this late Elizabethan torso, two smaller skins have been added; that at the head being contemporaneous with the early seventeenth century additions, while that at the foot would appear to date from the eighteenth century. The main genealogy was evidently drawn up in the late sixteenth century for Sir Oliver Boteler, whose entry is written in the same neat Elizabeth script as the rest but with a "sr" [i.e. "Sir"] added above his name and note in an early seventeenth century hand in the margin: "Be it Remembered that this Sr Oliver Boteler was Knighted at ware [Herts] by King James the 20 July 1604". The same hand has added the arms of Boteler's father-in-law, Sir Nicholas Heron, with gloss on his quarterings and the note: "Be it remembered that their is no Isue Male Remayninge of Sr Nic Heron and thearefore his Daughters Children may quarter These Armes".

    Sir Oliver (whose ancestor John is cited by Burke as being High Sheriff of Kent in the reign of Richard II) married the heiress of the Barham family (described by VCH Kent as originally named Fitzurse and descended from the murderer of Thomas Becket), owners of Barham Court, Teston, Kent, where Sir Oliver settled. His half-brother was the Nathaniel Boteler (more commonly called Butler) who wrote a history of the Bermudas and was Governor of Bermuda and Providence Island, and led an expedition into Virginia in 1622 (see ODNB).

    Details of a genealogy very similar to ours are given by a correspondent to the Gentleman's Magazine, writing from Alton on 19 May and 12 July 1812, and signing himself 'Genealogist': 'The above particulars are extracted from an old illuminated pedigree, on vellum, of the Botelers, consisting of 19 descents to the present time, without the omission of a single generation, and which, as representative of that family, is now in my possession' (Vols. 111 and 112, pp. 432 and 35). The Alton manuscript, like ours, has the glossed arms of Sir Nicholas Heron interpolated; but unlike ours is extended to the early nineteenth century while ours ends with the children of Sir Oliver Boteler in the mid seventeenth, having only twelve descents. It seems not unlikely that the Alton version was copied from ours and then extended.
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