The coat of arms of Richard Bartlett of Newbury, Massachusetts.
The Coat of Arms Blazoned: Sable, three falconers’ sinister gloves pendant argent, tasseled or..
Crested: A swan argent, couched with wings expanded.
Motto: [None Recorded].
The arms were most likely awarded in England by the College of Arms of Great Britain.
As cited on page 19 in the 1904 Edition of Crozier’s General Armory; William Armstrong Crozier, Fox Duffield & Company, New York.
In times of old, when a coat of arms was found emblazoned in print or carved in stone, color was not usually an option, unless the art was hand-painted after the fact. To surmount this technological shortcoming, heraldic artists devised a system of “hatchings” or carved lines to represent each of the tinctures or colors used in heraldry. You can see Richard Bartlett’s coat of arms, shown in hatchings below.
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It is important to note that Crozier was more interested in coats of arms than in genealogy, as such many mistakes and misattributed family legends made their way into his work. It is therefore advisable to always look for multiple collaborating sources when building your own family history and not to rely upon the work of a single source.
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Some History of North America in 1634
Newbury, Massachusetts was much different when the Bartlett family came to North America from Ernely, Sussex, England. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded by Royal charter in 1629. Early settlements were in the area of Boston and Salem. The original colony included most of the area of what is today Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, in addition to what is now Massachusetts. The Great Migration as in full swing as Puritans left England in great numbers for the promise of the North American colonies.
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Other people noted as having the same or similar Coats Armor according to Crozier’s General Armory
Listings for Bartlett Coat of Arms and Crests found in Bolton’s American Armory
In 1927, Charles Knowles Bolton published Bolton’s American Armory with much much the same scope as Crozier’s earlier work, but Bolton endeavored to dig deeper than previous studies. Under the heading of Bartlett, we find the following on page 10 of Bolton:
Bookplate of John Russell Bartlett, 1902
Older arms in the name of Bartlett can also be found by looking in A Complete Body of Heraldry.
Notes about the Bartlett arms & symbols used in heraldry
The charges (symbols) used on a coat of arms usually have links to the name of the bearer or the place they were from, often in the form of puns (called canting in heraldry): John Ashman, would likely have an Ash tree on his arms, Robert Bakerridge might have a loaf of bread on top mountain, while Joshua Talbot, would likely have a type of dog, called a Talbot, figuring prominently on either the shield or crest. Other times, the charge might have to do with some accomplishment of the armiger, perhaps the man who lent the King a horse may be granted arms with a mighty steed. Sometimes less specific symbolism was used. Over the years, some generic meanings for many charges were developed which could add some flair to describing the merit of less illustrious charges. Can you see any puns in the blazon: Sable, three falconers’ sinister gloves pendant argent, tasseled or. used in the Bartlett arms?
The following heraldic elements are predominate in the Bartlett coat of arms:
Falconers’ Glove. (Glove)
Can be used to represent ready for high pursuits. In 1898, W. Cecil Wade wrote in The Symbolisms of Heraldry concerning Falconers’ Glove, “the falconer’s glove alludes to the same symbology as the falcon itself.”
There may be more specific and important meanings for the Bartlett family. Unfortunately, without reading the original grant of arms from Ernely, Sussex, England, we are only able to assume the more generic meaning of the symbols used in the coat of arms.
The colors or tinctures used in this coat of arms also have traditional meanings. The primary tincture of the arms, Sable (black) can be used to represent Wisdom, Constancy and Prudence. The connection of black with grief and mourning is a modern connotation, not appropriate for traditional armory. The secondary tincture of the arms, Or (gold) traditionally means as Wade writes, Or denotes Generosity and, according to Sir John Feme, Elevation of Mind. This
and the next color represent the two Metals of Heraldry.
The student of heraldry should always note that these “traditional” meanings of the colors used in heraldry may not be the reason the color was used in these specific arms. The achievements of the original Bartlett to carry these arms may have granted some more specific meaning for these arms, but the details would be contained in the original grant of arms from Ernely, Sussex, England. More information about the colors, furs, and metals used in heraldry can be found by clicking this link.
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What was the Coat of Arms of the Bartlett family from Newbury, Massachusetts?
Sable, three Falconers’ sinister Gloves with pendant Argent, tasseled Or.
What is the family crest for the Bartlett family of Newbury, Massachusetts?
It is important to know that coats of arms are awarded to individuals, not to families per se. This is the reason there are no family crests which broadly apply to all members of a given family. This coat of arms would apply only to direct male-line descendants of Richard Bartlett. This is not to say though that it isn’t nice to discover the coat of arms of all your ancestors and heraldry is great as a form of family-oriented folk art. More information on family crests: click here.
Coat of Arms of Richard Bartlett of Newbury, Massachusetts: Sable, three Falconers’ sinister Gloves with pendant Argent, tasseled Or. Richard Bartlett came to North America about 1634 from Ernely, Sussex, England.
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