HOLLINGSWORTH   FAMILY

COAT  OF  ARMS

  Naturally the coat of arms or family crest should be thought of as art or entertainment and not taken too seriously.   The arms on this page are an attempt to illustrate the descriptions from the Burke's General Armory and some other sources.   Whether or not they can be actually connected to our modern-day families is in dispute.  The original illustration was purchased by me and belongs to me - copy or vary it as you like.  Suggestions and corrections for the illustrations and information are welcome (Donna Hollingsworth Hocking  olivhill@flash.net).
  It’s doubtful that (being Quakers) the Hollingsworths of America had any interest whatever in crests.  The Quaker Hollingsworth line was indeed descended from Valentine Hollingsworth but which Hollingsworth crest (if any) can be associated with Valentine is in dispute.
  Popular belief is that Valentine is associated distantly with the family of Hollingsworth Hall.   DNA may someday prove what coat of arms may have been associated with Valentine’s ancestors. 
  Harry Hollingsworth did fairly extensive research on the three crests.  Anyone wishing to follow up on this subject would do well to read his research printed in the Hollingsworth Register, Volume I, number 2, page 87, July 1965; number 3, page 140, October 1965; number 4, page 154, December 1965.
  As for my family, DNA tests have proven that Levi Hollingsworth (1805-1869) -father of Henry M., grandfather of Roy Sr- was descendant of Valentine and even if a crest for Valentine were proven it would be still be just for fun.  
  Click on any image for a larger view.
   

These arms are described in The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales : comprising a registry of armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time
by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892. (pub. 1884)

HOLLINGSWORTH
York Herald, Temp. Richard III   

 
  • BLAZON:
  •     Azure on a bend argent three leaves slipped vert.
          Shield of blue. A silver bend (sash) with three leaves separated from each other. 
     
  • CREST:
  •     A stag couchant argent.  
          Stag is lying on all fours with its head erect like the sphinx- argent   (silver). 
     
  • MOTTO:
  • HOLLINGSWORTH
    (of Co. Chester)   

     
     
  • BLAZON:
  •     Azure on a bend argent three leaves slipped vert. 
          Shield of blue. A silver bend (sash) with three leaves separated from each other. 
     
  • CREST:
  •     A stag lodged proper.  
          Stag is lying on all fours with its head erect like the sphinx- proper  (natural color). 
     
  • MOTTO:
  •     Disce ferenda pati. 
          Bear what must be borne. 
    The family name was formerly spelt Holyngworthe, and is evidently derived from the holly tree, called in Cheshire "Hollyn Tree" with which the estate abounded. 

    HOLYNGWORTHE
    of Holyngworthe Hall
    Co. Chester   

     
  • BLAZON:
  •     Sable on a bend OR three holly leaves vert.
          Shield of black. A gold bend (sash) with three leaves separated from each other. 
     
  • CREST:
  •     A stag lodged proper.  
          Stag is lying on all fours with its head erect like the sphinx- proper  (natural color). 
     
  • MOTTO:
  •     Disce ferenda pati. 
          Bear what must be borne. 
    The family name was formerly spelt Holyngworthe, and is evidently derived from the holly tree, called in Cheshire "Hollyn Tree" with which the estate abounded. 

    HOLLINGSWORTH
    of Surrey and Hartlepool,
    Co. Durham   

     
     
  • BLAZON:
  •     Argent, a chevron ermine between three stags trippant proper.
          Shield of silver. A chevron of ermine fur with tails showing, set between three naturally colored stags in a trotting attitude.
     
  • CREST:
  •     A crescent argent.  
          A crescent silver. 
     
  • MOTTO:
  •     Lumen accipe et imperti.
          Acquire wisdom and impart it. 

    These arms are described in A Selection of Arms Authorized by the Laws of Heraldry
    By Bernard Burke (pub. 1860)

    -- a representation of the arms is found in the window of Hollingworth Chapel at the Parish church at Mottram-in-Longdendale.  It was placed there by Robert de Holyngworthe when he occupied Hollingsworth Hall (between 1831 - 1865).

    HOLYNGWORTHE
    - From the Mottram Parish Church -
    Hollingworth Chapel  

    The window in Hollingworth Chapel

    Rendition of the window in Hollingworth Chapel

    Rendition of the window in Hollingworth Chapel

     
  • BLAZON:
  •     Quarterly of six in two rows:
         
    1 Azure on a bend engrailed argent three leaves slipped vert. [Hollingsworth]
    2 Vert, a double-headed eagle displayed argent, on a chief Or three billets sable [Gren]
    3 Argent two bends within a bordure Gules [Heywood]
    4 Argent, on a chevron azure between three cross-crosslets fitchee sable, a crescent of the first [Davenport?]
    5 Argent, a fesse sable, between three squirrels sejant cracking nuts proper
    6 Or, a lion passant proper
     
  • CREST:
  •     A Stag couchant regardant, proper.  
          Stag is lying on all fours with its head turned back- proper   (natural color).  
     
  • MOTTO:
  •     Disce ferenda pati. 
          Bear what must be borne. 

    These arms are described in The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester: Compiled from Original Evidences in Public Offices, the Harleian and Cottonian Mss., Parochial Registers, Private Muniments, Unpublished Ms. Collections of Successive Cheshire Antiquaries, and a Personal Survey of Every Township
    By George Ormerod, Thomas Helsby (pub. 1980)

    HOLLINGWORTH
    - of the Old Hall -
    (Nether Hall) of Co. Chester
    the Junior Line  

     
  • BLAZON:
  •     Azure on a bend argent three holly leaves vert.
          Shield of blue. A silver bend (sash) with three leaves separated from each other.
     
  • CREST:
  •     On a wreath, a hart recumbent proper.  
          On a wreath a stag proper (natural color) in a recumbent position.
     
  • MOTTO:
  •     Disce ferenda pati. 
          Bear what must be borne. 
    It is presumed that the Junior line were the ancestors of Higam Hollingsworth who seems to be the vendor of the Nether-Hall estate.

    These arms are described in A History of the College of Arms, and the Lives of All the Kings, Heralds, and Pursuivants, from the Reign of Richard III., Founder of the College, until the Present Time
    By Mark Noble (pub. 1804)

    JOHN HOLLINGSWORTH
    - Gent (patent 1557-1559) -
    Blue-Mantle  

     
  • BLAZON:
  •     Azure on a bend OR three leaves slipped vert.
          Shield of blue. A gold bend (sash) with three leaves separated from each other.
     
  • CREST:
  •     A stag lodged proper.  
          A stag lodged proper. Stag is lying on all fours with its head erect like the sphinx- proper   (natural color).
     
  • MOTTO:
  •     Disce ferenda pati. 
          Bear what must be borne. 
    Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary is a junior officer of arms of the College of Arms in London.

    These arms are described (and pictured) in Burke's Peerage & Gentry LLC. (Burke's Peerage & Baronetage 107th Edition, Burke's Landed Gentry 19th Edition) and Burke's Peerage Partnership.
    (Burke's Landed Gentry 18th Edition).

    JOHN HOLLINGSWORTH
    of Cedar Court,
    Cheltenham, Glos, F.I.C.E.  

     
  • BLAZON:
  •     Azure on a bend argent between in chief a lion rampant and in base three cross crosslets fitchy OR, three holly leaves vert.
          Shield of blue. A silver bend (sash) with three leaves separated from each other. Above the bend a gold lion standing and below 3 crosses each having the three upper ends terminating in three little crosses and fitchy (or sharpened at the lower part; pointed like a dagger).
     
  • CREST:
  •     In front of a castle with two towers argent a stag lodged proper between two bezants each charged with a cross crosslet fitchy gules.  
          In front of a silver castle with two towers a Stag is lying on all fours with its head erect like the sphinx- proper   (natural color) between two gold coins each imprinted with a red sharpened crosslets.
     
  • MOTTO:
  •     Ferenda pati. 
          Borne with patience. 

    Signature Seal of Valentine Hollingsworth found on a trip to Belfast by John Hollingsworth.

    You can read more about the seal on Tom Hollingsworth's site. The artist rendition of the seal was done by Toni Hollingsworth (Tom's wife).

    VALENTINE HOLLINGSWORTH
    of Ballyvickcrannel,
    County Armagh, Ireland   

     
  • BLAZON:
  •     (possibly argent), a chevron (possibly ermine) between three stag's heads eras'd (possibly proper)
           
     
  • CREST:
  •      
     
  • MOTTO:
  •  
    John says he could not make out the writing around the shield but assumes it must some Latin phrase. I can possibly make out an H and O but maybe it's wishful thinking.
    Corrections or Comments? Contact Donna Hollingsworth Hocking