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Jonathan Belcher

Registration number 20061018U

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757) which were borne by his 3rd great-grandfather William Belcher are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Paly of or and gules, a chief vair.


Belcher Foundation website:

Ancestors who bore these arms

  • Armiger's father: Captain Andrew Belcher, Jr. (1648-1717) of Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Grandfather: Andrew Belcher (d. 1673) of Sudbury and Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1st GGrandfather: Thomas Belcher (d. 1618) of London, England
  • 2nd GGrandfather: Robert Belcher of Kingswood, Wiltshire, England
  • 3rd GGrandfather: William Belcher (d. 1580) of Guilsborough, Northamptonshire, England

Historical note

One of the most fascinating men of his time, Governor Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757), the colonial governor of Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, and New Jersey, was a highly influential figure in the early history of America. Governor Belcher held together the colonies during one of the most important times in American history — just before the American Revolution. At the same time, he made many contributions to American society, not the least of which is Princeton University, now one of America’s leading ivy league universities.

Belcher's coat of arms served as a template for the Great Seal of the United States.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Personal, Ancestral, US, B

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