Colbrand & Shakespeare

Colbrand & Shakespeare

Colbrond Coat of Arms

William Shakespeare

Over the years the family name has been spelt  in many ways because the person recording the event spelled the name the way they understood it to be said. Colebran, Colbron, Colbrond, Colbrand, Coalbran, Colbrun, Colbren and Colbran are a among the many ways that the name has been spelt.
It is most likely that the name was Scandinavian in  origin and the early spellings of the name were Colbrond and Colbrand, the "D" not being sounded. The original Saxon spelling is thought to be Colbran.

Enough of this what about Mr. Shakespeare?

Colbrand gets two mentions in plays by Shakespeare and they are:

King John   ACT 1 Scene 1

Where is that slave, thy brother? where is he,
That holds in chase mine honour up and down?
My brother Robert? old sir Robert's son?
Colbrand the giant, that same mighty man?
Is it sir Robert's son that you seek so?
Sir Robert's son! Ay, thou unreverend boy,
Sir Robert's son: why scorn'st thou at sir Robert?
He is sir Robert's son, and so art thou.

Henry V111   ACT 5  Scene 2
Alas, I know not; how gets the tide in?
As much as one sound cudgel of four foot--
You see the poor remainder--could distribute,
I made no spare, sir.
You did nothing, sir.
I am not Samson, nor Sir Guy, nor Colbrand,
To mow 'em down before me: but if I spared any
That had a head to hit, either young or old,
He or she, cuckold or cuckold-maker,
Let me ne'er hope to see a chine again
And that I would not for a cow, God save her!

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