Coat Of Arms

Alliston Coat OF Arms

In the Collins Roll I ‘Erdeswickes version’ (lost original from circa 1295) the Arms of Mane de Eglestone are given as Per pale Gules and Vert an Eagle displayed Argent

In Collins Roll II ‘Dethick’s version’ ( lost original, 15th century additions to above only), the Arms of Malg’ de Eyleston are again given as Per Pale Gules and vert an Eagle displayed Argent.

It was then recorded in the Essex visitation of 1634

Arms-Per pale gules and vert an eagle displayed argent,membered or.
Crest-Out of a ducal coronet an eagles head gules, beaked or.

Mathew Elliston of Castell Hedingham in com. Essex ==
Mathew Elliston of castell==Anne d. Will’m Harrington of maplestead
Joseph Elliston 2 sonn of Tillingham==Mary d. Geffrey Binks of Tillingham==
Joesph Elliston 4 years old

Again in the Visitation 1664-1668
Arms – Per pale gules and vert, an eagle displayed argent charged on breast with a crescent for difference.
Crest – An eagles head argent, erased gules, murally gorged azure.

John Elliston of Black Notley==Alice Pilgrim
Mathew eldest sonn mar. Mary Champion ———— Isaac Elliston Of little Coxall alias Cogeshall
Mathew Mary

Further details can be found here page 401

Other references can be found in St Mary’s church at Gestingthorpe where John Elliston of Gestingthorpe has his memorial.

John Elliston Gestingthorpe

John Alliston Gestingthorpe

The arms were also in use by James Elliston of Clare on Merchant Tokens he issued.
quarterly, 1-4 eagle displayed, 2-3 fess between two helmets “James Elliston 1659″ Clare, Suffolk (Corder col. 119, 324)

James Elliston of Clare Suffolk Farthing
Farthing of James Elliston

John of Gestingthorpe and Jospeh Elliston of Tillingham and Issac Elliston of Little Cogeshall are distant cousins. The common ancestor seems to be William Alliston of Castle Hedingham c1480 to 1556 or his Father John. The college of arms was formally incorporated in 1484 so the Alliston coat of arms probably pre-dates the formation. The college of arms was created during the time of Richard the III.

Another reference to the seal of the Allistons can be found at

The coat of arms came into use by the Ellistons shortly after the battle of Bosworth about 13 miles from Ayleston in Leicetershire. William Elliston was left 40s by John De Vere the 13th Earl of Oxford who was commander at the Battle. He was called a Yeoman and as such was probably one of De Veres Guards. His father may have fought at the battle.

Could the death of this man have been when The Allistons gained the Coat of Arms.

1492, 25 July.— Will of John Eylestone, of Lincoln, esq. f. 87.
His body to be buried in the cathedral ” in illo scanno petrino in quo
corpus Roberti Bedale requiescit humatum, viz. ad pedes ejus.” The
following legacies amongst many others deserve special notice : to the
fabric of the church of Eylestone 3s. 4c?.. and to the chapel of St. Edmund
[” Edi.”] the King in the same village, xiie?. ; to the prior and convent
of Nocton Park ” unum ciphum de argento cum pede et cooportorio
swaged [a loose cover ?] ad exorandum pro animabus magistri Nicholai
Wymbysshe et mei ” ; to Thomas Wymbyssh, esq., his girdle harness
with silver, his gilt sword, ” et meum librum de campo Lincoln,” and
to John Wymbyssh, son of Thomas, ” librum de picturis armorum ; ”
to the guild of the clerks of Lincoln ‘\meum colerium quod Edward us
Rex quartus michi dedit. ,,

In the Domesday, Sudbury’s Lord in 1066 was Countess Aelfeva, second wife of King Harold, Granddaughter of Lady Godiva. She lost this land to William I.
her other Estates included Aylestone in Guthlaxton, Leicestershire which she kept. The full list is
Lord in 1066:

[Great and Little] Cornard, Babergh, Suffolk
Groton, Babergh, Suffolk
Gayton, Freebridge, Norfolk
Grimston, Freebridge, Norfolk
[Castle] Donington, Goscote, Leicestershire
Feltwell, Grimshoe, Norfolk
Hockwold, Grimshoe, Norfolk
Rising, Grimshoe, Norfolk
Rising, Grimshoe, Norfolk
Wilton, Grimshoe, Norfolk
Aylestone, Guthlaxton, Leicestershire
Kimpton, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Brandeston, Loose, Suffolk
[Wood] Rising, Mitford, Norfolk
Warkton, Navisland, Northamptonshire
Sudbury, Thingoe, Essex / Suffolk

Overlord in 1066:

Brandeston, Loose, Suffolk

In 1086 she still held
Lord in 1086:
[Castle] Donington, Goscote, Leicestershire
Aylestone, Guthlaxton, Leicestershire
Tenant-in-chief in 1086:
[Castle] Donington, Goscote, Leicestershire
Aylestone, Guthlaxton, Leicestershire

The original Alston coat of arms can be found at

Original blazon: Az. ten estoiles or, four, three, two, and one.
Crest: Out of a crescent ar. an etoile or.
Supporters: –
Motto: Immotus.
(Saxham Hall, Suffolk, and Odell, co. Beds, Extinct Baronet).

Source: Burke’s General Armory (1884)

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