The Usher Armory

The Usher Armory

As time goes on I hope to be able to upload an image of the various arms to help people researching their lines. If you have any images already, then please send them to me so I can include them on this page.

as listed in Burke's - The General Armory circa 1850.

Usher: (Featherstone, co. York.). Argent. three lions' paws couped and erect sable.

NOTE: This is only my interpretation of the Arms.

Usher: Featherstone, Yorkshire

Usher: Or, a chevron between three billets ermine Crest - A Doric pillar argent winged or.

NOTE: This is only my interpretation of the shield. There is no crest displayed.

Usher

Usher: Argent, three lions' paws couped gules.

NOTE: This is only my interpretation of the Arms.

Usher

Usher: Sable three lions' paws couped and erect argent armed gules.

NOTE: This is only my interpretation of the Arms.

Usher

Usher: (New England; borne by the Hon. JOHN USHER, Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire). Argent. three lions' paws couped and erect sable Crest - A lion's paw couped and erect sable holding a wand argent.

NOTE: This is only my interpretation of the shield. There is no crest displayed.

Usher: New England; borne by the Hon. JOHN USHER

Usher: (Santry and Cromlin, co. Dublin; descended from ARLAND USHER, Baliff of the city of Dublin, 1460-62, and Mayor of the city, 1469 and 1471, who by his first wife, ALSONE TAYLOR, had one son, THOMAS USHER, whose only dau. and heir ALSONE USHER, m. first WILLIAM BOTTE Esq., [sic. This should be William  BATHE or de BATHE] of Athcarne, co. Meath, and second, JOHN BELLEW Esq., of Bellewstown, same co.; by his second wife, ANNE BIRFORD, he had two sons, JOHN USHER, ancestor of USHER, of Santry, Dublin, Balsoon, and USHER, Archbishop of Armagh, and CHRISTOPHER USHER, ancestor of USHER, of Donnybrook, and of cos. Monaghan, Waterford, and Wexford; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office, 1615, RICHARD USHER, great-grandson of the above ARLAND USHER, by his second wife). Azure a chevron ermine between three batons or.

NOTE: This is only my interpretation of the Arms.

Usher: Santry and Cromlin, co. Dublin

Usher: (city of Dublin; descended from THOMAS USHER, second son of JOHN USHER, ancestor of USHER of Santry; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office, 1636, Alderman WALTER USHER, of Dublin, son of JOHN USHER, Sheriff of Dublin 1592, who was eldest son of the above THOMAS USHER). Quaterly, 1st and 4th, same Arms; 2nd and 3rd, argent. three lions' gambs couped and erect sable armed gules

NOTE: This is only my interpretation of the Arms.

Usher: city of Dublin

Usher: (HENRY USHER, Archbishop of Armagh and Lord Primate of all Ireland, 1595-1613, brother of JOHN USHER, Sheriff of Dublin 1592; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office, of the Archbishop). Same Arms, over all a crescent gules for diff.

Note: This picture is taken from the Funeral entry in the Ulster Office. The arms shown here are "impaled" of which no mention is made above.

Usher: HENRY USHER, Archbishop of Armagh and Lord Primate of all Ireland

Usher: (Balsoon, co. Meath; descended from MARK USHER, eldest son of the Archbishop of Armagh; impalement Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office, WILLIAM HAMILTON, Esq., of Erenagh, co. Down, whose second wife was CHRISTIAN, dau of JOCELYN USHER, Esq., of Balsoon, grandson of HENRY, Archbishop of Armagh). Azure a chevron ermine between three batons or.

Usher: Balsoon, co. Meath

Usher: (Terfeghan, co. Meath; descended from Ven. LUKE USHER, Archdeacon of Armagh, 1622-32, second son of HENRY, Archbishop of Armagh; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office 1633, of his second son, CHRISTOPHER USHER, Esq., of Terfeghan). Same Arms, with a crescent on a crescent for diff.

Usher: (Baltro, co. Louth, Sutton and Warrenstown, co. Meath; descended from JOHN USHER of Baltro, third son of HENRY, Archbishop of Armagh; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office, 1658, of ELIZABETH, wife of Captain HENRY USHER, of Sutton, son of the above JOHN USHER). Same Arms.

Usher: (GEORGE USHER, of Dublin, merchant, brother of HENRY, Archbishop of Armagh, Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office, 1609). Same Arms, a martlet on a crescent for diff.

Usher: (JAMES USHER,  Archbishop of Armagh, 1624-55, nephew of HENRY, Archbishop of Armagh 1595; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office 1598, of his father, ARNOLD USHER [sic ARLAND USHER]; the Archbishop left an only daughter and heir, ELIZABETH, who m. Sir TIMOTHY TYRRELL, Knt., of Oakley, co. Salop). Quaterly, 1st and 4th, azure a chevron ermine between three batons or; 2nd and 3rd, argent three lions' gambs couped and erect sable armed gules a mullet on a crescent for diff.

NOTE: This is taken from British Museum Add.MS., 5855,fc.66b as in the book "The Ussher Memmoirs".

The mullet and the crescent seem to be missing. There is no mention of the crest shown here, nor of the motto.

Usher: JAMES USHER,  Archbishop of Armagh

Usher: (CHRISTOPHER USHER, Ulster King of Arms 1588-97; from his Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office). Azure a chevron ermine between three batons or, an annulet on a crescent for diff.

Usher: (Donnybrook and Portrane, co. Dublin, the Castle of Grange, co. Wicklow, and Bridgefoot Street, Dublin; descended from CHRISTOPHER USHER, Mayor of Dublin, 1518 and 1524, second son of ARLAND USHER, Mayor of Dublin 1469. Sir WILLIAM USHER, Knt., of Donnybrook, knighted by Sir George Carey, Lord Deputy of Ireland, St. James Day, 1603, was grandson of the above CHRISTOPHER USHER by ALSONE, his wife, dau. of THOMAS FITZ-WILLIAM, Esq., of Merrion, co. Dublin; his son, ARTHUR USHER, Esq., of Donnybrook, had two surviving sons : I. Sir WILLIAM, Knt., of Portrane, who m. twice and had several sons; II BEVERLY, ancestor of ST. GEORGE USHER, Lord St. George, USHER, of Camphire, co. Waterford, USHER, of Cappagh, same co., and USHER, of Landscape, co. Wexford). Azure on a chevron ermine between three batons or, a lozenge, thereon the arms of FITZ-WILLIAM, viz., Gules on a bend cotised argent three popinjays vert. Crest - An arm couped below the elbow and erect, vested bendy or and azure holding in the hand proper a baton gold.

Usher: (Eastwell, Co. Galaway, Mount Usher, Co. Wicklow, and Co. Monaghan: descended from JOHN USHER, Master in Chancery, second son of Sir WILLIAM USHER, Knt., of Portrane). Azure on a chevron ermine between three batons argent. Crest - A cubit arm vested azure cuffed argent grasping a baton also argent. Motto - Ne vile velis.

Usher-St. George: (Lord St George, extinct). See ST. GEORGE.

 

Usher: (Camphire, co. Waterford). Same Arms and Crest as USHER, of Eastwell. Motto - Amor vincit omnia.

 

Usher: (Cappagh, co. Waterford). Same Arms and Crest, and Motto.

 

Usher: (Landscape, co. Wexford). Same Arms and Crest, and Motto.

 

Usher: (ADAM USHER, Ulster King of Arms 1629-33, second son of Sir WILLIAM USHER, Knt., of Donnybrook; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office). Same Arms as USHER, of Donnybrook, a crescent for diff.

Usher: (Ballysaggartmore, co. Waterford; exemplified to ARTHUR KELLY, Esq., of Ballysaggartmore, on his assuming by royal license, 1843, the surname of USHER, in lieu of KIELY, in memory of his grandmother, SARAH, dau. of ARTHUR USHER, Esq., of Camphire, co. Waterford). Azure a chevron erminois between three batons or. Crest - A dexter cubit arm in pale, vested by bendy of six gules and or, cuffed erminois, in the hand proper a baton argent Motto - Ne vile velis.

as listed in Debrett's, Illustrated Peerage 1951.

Usher: Creation (U.K.) 1899, of Norton, Ratho, Midlothian, and of Wells, Hobkirk, Roxburghshire.

Arms - Gules, a saltire between four batons argent, garnished sable. Crest - A dexter arm couped below the elbow, vested azure, cuffed argent, holding in the hand a baton proper. Motto - Ne vile velis.

This was subsequently re-martriculated in 1901 by Frederick, second son of JOHN USHER, 1st Bt.

Usher: Arms as above, and (rematric. 7 Dec. 1901) "a bordure of the second." Crest (in lieu of above)- On a wreath of his liveries, a demi-fox proper, holding in its paw a baton argent, garnished sable. Motto as above., 

NOTE: There is no mention of the canton displaying a hand.

Usher: of Norton, Ratho, Midlothian, and of Wells, Hobkirk, Roxburghshire

as listed in Burke's, Landed Gentry Of Ireland.

Beverley Grant Ussher USSHER formerly OF CAPPAGH:

ARMS (U.O.) - Azure, a chevron ermine between three batons or. Crest - An arm couped below the elbow and erect, vested bendy or and azure, holing in the hand proper a baton or. Motto - Amor vincit omnia.

 

USSHER formerly OF CAPPAGH
Henry Ingham Ussher USSHER OF GERARDSTOWN formerly OF EASTWELL  

John Matthews, Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book.New York, NY: Crest publishing Company, Inc., 1907.

Usher Colonel John Usher
, Lieut.-Governor of New Hampshire , 1692 .
Arms -
Argent, three lions' gambs sable.
Crest - A lion's gamb sable holding a wand
argent.

 

Mottos

There are three mottos that have been found to be used by the Usher families.
The first NE VILE VELIS is a motto used by the Neville family - a clever pun upon the Neville name. It is possible to come up with many translations of the Latin, word for word, as a phrase or as a poetical translation.

Here are some of the translations I have come across so far.

Ne Vile Velis Incline to nothing base
Never do a mean action
Will nothing base
Form no vile wish
Majoribus Cede Majoribus cede could certainly be translated as "Make way for your elders", as well as "Obey" or "yield to your elders".  But "cede" also has a nuance of giving up to become like something, so that "Become like your elders" or "Imitate your forebears" would also be adequate translations.

Rev. Philip Bochanski

Amor vincit omnia Love conquers all

 

Variants

During some of my surfs I have found some pictures of arms that claim to be Usher arms, but as yet I cannot find any evidence of a matriculation. They are mostly similar to those listed above.

J. M. Elliot has a heraldic graphics site called Designs Of Wonder well worth a visit.

Designs of Wonder - Usher

 If you are would like to know about some of the heraldic terms used then a glossary can be found here.

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Mark Usher 07 Mar 2010

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