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William Brewster

Registration number 20150203G

This certifies that the heraldic arms of William Brewster born c 1566 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England and died 1644 in Duxbury, Massachusetts, United States of America are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Sable a chevron Ermine between three estoilles Argent.
Crest: On a wreath Argent and Sable a bear's head erased Azure.
Motto: V�rit� soyez ma garde (Truth, be my shield)


According to Steele, the design represents "stars breaking through the darkness of night."


This coat of arms is associated with William Brewster in the following publications, some with more certainty than others.

Crozier, William Armstrong. Crozier's General Armory. 1904; rpt. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1972. 27.
Jones, Emma C. Brewster. The Brewster Genealogy, 1566-1907. New York: The Grafton Press, 1908. xvii, xxxvii.
Steele, Ashbel. Chief of the Pilgrims, or, The life and time of William Brewster. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1857. 38.

Registered by

Rachel Spitler


Personal, Original, US, B

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