The eagle and child and the Stanley family

The eagle and child and the Stanley family

Anon.

1561

England

manuscript

In a Tudor heraldic collection are depicted the arms of Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby (1508–72). They include the Stanley emblem of three stags’ heads; the motto ‘Sans changier’ ('without changing'); the garter belt denoting Edward’s status as a Knight of the Garter; and the supporting griffon and stag. The crest at the top relates to a romance-style legend about a Stanley ancestor, who supposedly found a child in an eagle’s nest. It is preserved in several pub signs, including The Eagle and Child in St Giles’, Oxford, where J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and the other Inklings gathered to drink and talk about their ideas.

Comments

11/06/2017

Jane Costello

Also found on currency of the Isle of Man while Lord Derby was the Lord of Man

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