The Langworthy Coat of Arms




First, a few facts:
  • Arms were granted to an individual, and were sometimes passed on to his eldest son. They do not belong to everyone with the same surname.
  • The Langworthy arms were granted to a man in Bath, England. There is no known connection between the family in Bath and the Langworthys of Widecombe or Ashburton, where Andrew is alleged to have come from.
  • Therefore the Langworthys in America have no claim to the arms.

But no one likes bare walls, so if it suits your fancy:

Burke's Encyclopedia of Heraldry, or Genearal Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland, London, 1844 says:

  • Langworthy (Bath): Sa three greyhounds courant in pale ar. Crest - a demi stag ppr.
  • In English, this says: The arms consist of a shield with three silver greyhounds running on a black background, and a stag in natural colors rises behind it.

The motto, Pro Aris et Focis, was apparently added later and (according to William Franklin Langworthy) means "For Our Homes and Firesides". He says (p.299) "It is said to have been granted to a Langworthy who lived at Bath, Somersetshire, England by King Henry VIII for some distinguished feat on the hunting field. It seems an appropriate arms for such a service. They say it conferred exemption from the fire tax which was levied on all who kept fires. The motto seems fitting."


Here are two versions of the Langworthy arms:




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