Genealogy Notes for the Village of Islip, Oxfordshire
A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them).
This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution. For related information see, Ancestor List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

Cotswold stone cottages alongside a road    Playground equipment, with a church tower inthe background

Description pending


Details pending identification of those that are of interest. 



In the church at Islip is a memorial to Henry NORREYS and his wife Susanna (nee HATTON), who appears to have been linked with the HATTON family of Noke, Oxon. The Visitation of Oxford  describes their monument, against the north wall of the Chancel, as follows:

Brass memorial on a marble surround

In Islip Church, against the north wall of the Chancel, is a plate of brass fixed whereon are the pictures of a man and woman engraven kneeling before a table before them, on the table are two books, and their arms, viz. Quarterly
1. A falcon sergreant upon a mount.
2. Three lions passant in pale.
3. On a bend 12 lozenges 4. 4. 4.
Behind the man are 9 boys, and behind the woman 10 girls, under them the following inscription :-

To the memory of Henry Norrys, Esquire
who deceased the 19 of Janu. 1637. And
Robert Bancks, gent. Who deceased th 18. of
Novenb. an. Dom. 1605. Together with Mrs
Susanna, first wife of the said Robert
Bancks, and had by him eight sons and ten
daughters, and afterwards wife to the said
Henry Norreys, and had by him one son, who
deceased the 28th. Of Aug. Am. Dom. 1634.
which said Hen. No. and Susanna doe all ly
burried within this channcell.

Under all, these arms, As. a cross moline quarter pierced or, Quartering
1. Sab. Fretty arg., a pile of three points or,
2. Sab, a lyon ramp, arg., charged on the shoulder with a chess rooke gules.
3. Gules, on a barr or 3 lyons pass. sab.
Over all, NORRIS as before, with the former guarterings, impaling, this latter coat with the same quarterings, with mantle, crest, &c.

Dunkin (1823, 281) recounts a description of these arms, attributed simply to "a visitor in 1660," and clearly based upon the same source, but with some significant differences, viz:

The arms, as described above, are difficult to determine, but having visited Islip and photographed the arms in question, some corrections and suggestions are offered below.

  1. NORREYS of Speke (top left as viewed), quartered with
  2. The suggestion that this is a falcon segreant upon a mount is clearly wrong as segreant is a posture used only for winged quadrupeds, although Anne BOLYNE is cited as using a device which has been similarly described. The bird is clearly not a heraldic falcon, but appears to be a raven rising. In the time of Henry V, Alice, daughter and heir of Roger ERNEIS, by his wife daughter and co-heir of  Sir John MOLYNEUX of Crosby, married Sir Henry NORRIS, whereupon sir Henry took the ERNEIS charge, an eagle sa. rising from a mount vert., as his crest.  In some of the descendants of  NORREYS of Speke the eagle is replaced by a raven, either rising or with wings raised [Burke & Burke 1851, NORREYS; NORREYS-JEPHSON]. ERNEIS, of Esfeake, co. Lancaster, bore arg. a raven rising sa. on a mount vert., and is found associated with MOLYNEUX of Sefton and Crosby [ Burke & Burke 1846, Plate CXIX]. A son of this NORREYS/ERNEIS union might quarter his mother's paternal arms into his own arms.
  3. 3 lyons passant in pale: CANVILE=Azure 3 Lyons passant in pale arg; CAREW, of Mouns Otery=Or, 3 lyons passant [in pale] Sable; GIFFORD=Gules 3 lyons passant in pale argent; AMUNDEVILLE=Arg. 3 lyons passant in pale barways, G.; Combe=ermine, 3 lions passant in pale gules; ERDINGTON=Or, 3 lions passant in pale azure; ENGLISH=Sable 3 lions passant in pale Argent. 
  4. On a bend 12 lozenges, 4, 4, 4. is also misleading. A more normal description of this arrangement would be as follows: on a bend three lozenges, each charged with a saltire. URSWICK bore "Argent on a bend sable three lozenges of the field, each charged with a saltire gules" [Farrer & Brownbill 1914, n.p.]. URSWICK seem about the only family with this pattern on their arms. They also appear to have moved in the same circles as some of the other names here. However, this could just possibly also be a differenced coat from say CARRINGTON of Chester (NORREYS of Speke seem close to them through various marriages).
  1. MOLINEUX, Hawkley, Lanc.=Azure, a cross moline or, quartered with
  2. Sa. Fretty Ar., a pile [actual inscription has a label] of three points Or. : HARRINGTON (of Lancs or Cheshire)=Sabel fretty Argent, a label of three points Or. 
  3. Sa, a lion rampt. Ar. charged on the shoulder with a chessrook Gu.: VERDON (of Lancs or Cheshire)=Sable a lion rampant Argent charged on the shoulder with a chess-rook Gules.
  4. Gules, on a barr or 3 lyons pass. sab. : WYNNESBURY=gules, on a bend or three lions passant sable 

The Visitation of Northamptonshire (pg 181) identifies that Sir Richard HARRINGTON married the daughter and heir of . . . . VERDUN, citing the arms she brought as Sable, a lion rampant Argent vulned on the shoulder Gules. It goes on to show that his grandaughter, Clemence, daughter of Sir James HARRINGTON and . . . . RADCLIFF, married Henry NORRIS of Speake in 1500. Earlier, about 1416, Sir Henry NORREYS made provision for his son William on his marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of Sir James de Harrington. The HARRINGTON and NORREYS families were therefore fairly interlinked. 

From 1568 the NORREYS family took over full manorial responsibility for Speke, for centuries prior to that they had shared this with the family of MOLYNEUX, who continued to act as nominal overlords (, accessed 8 Aug 2011).

The WYNNESBURY family was connected by marriage with the MIDDLETONs of Chirbury and gules, on a bend, or, 3 lions passant, sable, is one of the coats found on the arms of Sir Thomas MIDDLETON, one of the Colonels of the city of London. William NORREYS of Speke, son of Henry and Clemece (nee HARRINGTON) married firstly Ellen BULKELEY and secondly Anne MIDDLETON, co-heir of David MIDDLETON. By his first marriage this William NORREYS had a daughter Clemence, who married Adam HULTON of the Park (license granted in 1534)

Robart BANCKES  married  Susan HATTON on 24th December 1587 in the adjoining village of Noke, Oxon. BANCKES died on 18 Nov 1605 and then Susan BANCKES of Islip married Henry NORREYS of Tidbury [sic Idbury?], Gloucs, on 3 Aug 1607, at All Saints, Oxford. 

Some other monuments in the church

James Harrackes

Here lieth buried the body of
James Harrackes late parson of
this parish and one of the bro-
thers of the hospital of the
Davoy who lived resident upon
this parsonage allmost twelve
yeares and departed this life
February. 15. 1625.

Edward Dewe

Here is sowne in Corruption to be raised
in incorruption, the bodye of
Edward Dewe Gent:
Who having lived Eleven yeares in wed-
lock, left three Sonnes, & two Daughters
living, and dyed Jany the 21th [sic]: 1656
Aged 57
Whose death was a gaine to himselfe,
a great loss to his friends, Greater to ye poore,
but Greatest to his wife.
my life to mee I feare a loss might bee,
my death to mee I hope a gasine shall bee.
Marye Dewe his sadde widdowe caused
this to bee dine, in memorye of her
deare husband deceased.

Above is a shield bearing, impaled:

  1. Sa. on a fess between three dragon's heads erased or., langued, as many cinquefoils of the field;
  2. azure, a cross engrailed sable between four fleur-de-lis argent.
Sa. on a fess between three dragon's heads erased or., langued gu., as many cinquefoils of the field is attributed by an old parchment to DEWE of Bucks, but in Burke's Heraldry we find "Sa. on a fess argent, between three dragon's heads erased or., as many cinquefoils of the field." attributed to DEWY [Dewey 1898, 39]. Edward DEWE married Mary BANKES at Oxford, St Peter's, 1 Jan 1645. Both were "of Islip"

In the family of BANCKS of Manchester, Lancashire (descendants of  BANCKS of Bank Newton, Gargrave, WestRiding, Yorkshire) occurs the somewhat similar sable, a cross engrailed or. between four fleur-de-lis argent, so this may be a differenced set of BANCKS arms.

Luke Clapham

In memorie of
Luke Clapham Esq. who died the
12th day of April in the yeare of 
our Lord 1676: in the 39th yeare
of his age and of
the said
Susanna late wife of Luke Clapham of
Gais Inn in the County of Midsex Esq. &
Eldest Daughter of John Herne of Amring
hall in the County of Norfolk Esq: who in
the 24th yeare of her age on her Journey
with her husband from London into his
owne Countrey departed this life the 15th
day of Novenber in the yeare 1669:
And here lieth expecting the Second coming
of their redeemer Jesus Christ

Above are arms worked without colours, impaled:

John Aglionbie [aka Aglionby]

Unfortunately the age is difficult to read from my photograph due to a focusing error, alas nor can the arms be clearly made out
Here Under Resteth The Body
Of John Aglionbie D'of Divinity
Sometimes Parson Of This Towne
Ans Fellowe Of The Queene's Coll
And Principal Of Edmund Hall In Oxon
And Chaplaine In Ordinary To Queene
Elizabeth And King James Who Departed
This Life The VI Day of February Ano Dni
1609 And In The XLIII Year of His Age
Here Also Was Buried John His Sone Aug XXII 1610 Ano Aetatis V

In his Athanae, Anthony Wood, states ”What he hath published I find not; however, the reason why I set him down here is, that he had a most considerable hand in the Translation of the New Testament, appointed by King James I., in 1604.” [McClure 1848, 2:509].

Jacob Peake and his wife Ann

A stone set in the floor, between pews:
Jacb Peake
Aug 1610 Aged 65
Ann Peake
His Wife
Died June 1795

Related links

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