Arms of Hugh de Bussey

Hugh de Bussey

From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Or three water-bougets azure

I did find a considerable history of a de Bussey family, including a Hughs/Hugos/Huges that was alive at the approximate time the Dering Roll was produced… and they all lived in Lincolnshire. It’s not impossible that the de Bussey referred to here is part of the same family, but I’m skeptical, especially since the Lincolnshire de Busseys bore barry argent and sable. That being said, seven or eight hundred years of heraldic history does tend to scramble things a bit.

It’s possible that these are intended to be canting arms – “bouget” is fairly similar to the alternate surname given on the roll, “de Boues.”

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Arms of Thomas Manners

Earl of Rutland (?-1543)

Blazon: Per quarterly, I and IV or two bars azure, a chief per quarterly i and iv azure two fleurs-de-lis or, ii and iii gules a lion passant guardant or (Manners); II per quarterly, i gules three water-bougets argent (Ros), ii azue a Catherine wheel or (Belvoir), iii gules three Catherine wheels argent (Espec), iv argent a fess double-cotised gules (Badlesmere); III per quarterly i gules three lions passant guardant or within a bordure argent (Holland, Earls of Kent), ii and iii argent a saltire engrailed gules (Tiptoft); iv or a lion rampant gules (Charleton, Barons of Powys)

Seal of Beatrice Stafford

From Inquiries into the Origin and Process of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p447

c. 1404

Blazon: Tierced per pale; I gules three water-bougets argent (Ros); II or a chevron gules (Stafford); III barry of six sable and or, on a chief of the last two palets of the first, surmounted in the fess point by an escutcheon gules, three bars ermine (Burley)

The figures on either side of the escutcheon appear to be dogs, though I do not believe they are supporters proper, as it would be very rare for a woman to bear supporters in her own right at the time, and I cannot confirm that they belong either to her father or any of her husbands. I believe it is more likely that they were added as decoration.

Dallaway incorrectly identifies this seal as being of Stafford’s third husband, Sir Simon Burley, and perhaps he did possess it after her death, but only the sinistermost coat of arms properly belonged to him.

From The Grammar of Heraldry by Samuel Kent, p206

1. Captain Philip Boys  of Hawkscroft in Kent, or a griffin segreant sable within a bordure gules

2. Dennington Bradley, argent a fess azure between three round buckles gules

3. Brooke Bridges, azure three water-bougets or within a bordure ermine; a crescent on a crescent for difference*

*The blazon gives a crescent on a crescent, but it is not shown in the cutting.