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  • ID: I21115
  • Name: Robert CARY , of Cockington & Clovelly, Sir 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1377 in Cockington, Torquay, Devon, England
  • Death: BEF 1435 in Clovelly, Bideford, Devon, England 1
  • Note:
    Sir Robert Cary, of Cockington and Clovelly; married 1st Margaret, daughter of Sir Philip Courtenay; married 2nd Mrs. Jane Wadham (died 4 Dec 1449), daughter of Sir William Hangesford, and died by 1435, having by his 1st wife had [Sir Philip]. [Burke's Peerage]

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    Sir Robert Cary, son of Sir John, was born about 1375. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Philip Courtenay, Knight. He married (second) Jane, daughter of Sir William Hanchford, Knight. He defeated in single combat a Knight of Arragon, for which Henry V restored to him a good part of his father's land, and at the same time Robert took the coat-of-arms of his opponent, which he and his successors have since borne: Argent of bend sable three roses argent. Before that the arms were: Gules, chevron entre three swans argent. The motto is: "Virtute excerptae."


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    Following copied from Hibbard Family Website,
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    The Story of the Cary Coat-of-Arms, as told by Old Chroniclers.

    "In the beginning of the reign of Henry V (1413-1422) a certain Knight-errant of Arragon, having passed through divers countries, and performed many feats of Arms, arrived in England, where he challenged any man of his rank and quality to make a trial of his skill in arms. This challenge was accepted by Sir Robert Cary8, between whom a cruel encounter and a long and doubtful combat was waged in Smithfield, London. But at length this noble Champion vanquished the presumptuous Arragonois, for which King Henry V restored unto him a good part of his father's lands, which for his loyalty to Richard II he had been deprived of by Henry IV and authorized him to bear the Arms of a Knight of Arragon; for according to the laws of Heraldry, whoever fairly in the field conquers his adversary may justify the wearing of his Arms."

    --Burke's Heraldry.

    Another account is so quaint that it is placed before the reader.

    "In the time of Henry V came out of Arragon a lusty gentleman into England, and challenged to do feites of armes with any English gentleman without exception. This Robert Cary hearing thereof, made suite forthwith to the Prince, that he might answer the challenge, which was granted, and Smithfield was the place appointed for the same, who, at the date and time prefixed, both parties mett and did performe sundrie feates of armes, but in the end this Robert gave the foils and overthrow to the Arragon Knight, disarmed and spoiled him, which his doinge so well pleased the Prince, that he receyved him into great favor, caused him to be restored to the most part of his father's landes, and willed him also for a perpetuall memorie of his victorie, that he should henceforth give the same armes as the Arragon Knight, which both he and all his successors to this day enjoyed, which is Argent, on bend sable three roses argent for before they did bears, gules, chevron entre three swans argent."

    --Herald's Visitation 1620.

    Motto: Virtute Excerptae. "Plucked by Valor."

    Father: John de CARY , Baron of Exchequer, Sir b: ABT 1356 in Cary Manor, St. Giles on the Heath, Devon, England
    Mother: Margaret HOLEWAY b: ABT 1358 in Northlew, Okehampton, Devon, England

    Marriage 1 Margaret COURTENAY b: ABT 1379 in Powderham Castle, St Thomas, Devon, England
    • Married: in 1st wife 1
    1. Has Children Philip CARY , of Cockington, MP, Sir b: ABT 1400 in Cockington, Torquay, Devon, England

    Marriage 2 Jane HANGESFORD b: ABT 1380
    • Married: AFT 1400 in 2nd husband 2nd wife 1

    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1027
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