Hadley Coats of Arms

This is Jim Hadley's collection of Hadley Coats of Arms. Here's part of Jim's message he sent with these:

According to some notes made by Chalmers Hadley in preparation for some of his books almost a hundred years ago, he states that some of these English arms carried a motto "Deo auxilium mihi est". I'm not a Latin expert but I believe this means "God is my Help". A few of the Irish Hadley arms carried the motto of "victorious fidelity in authority". He also states that the Hadley arms were entered in the notebook of one Sir Richard Carney, Ulster King of Arms, from 1683 to 1692 and were of the Hadley family of Somerset and Ireland. At that time they had been used in Ireland considerably for over a century for identification, seals, etc.

The only problem with these shields is that other than George Hadley (b-1625) I have not been able to identify any specific individual with any one shield. Maybe some other members of the family can add information that I have been unable to locate. Interesting, Huh. Any feedback. Send it my way. Always glad to reply.

Thanks, Jim, for scanning and sending your collection for display.

Under each shield is the registered description. The first set of shields is from England.



Shield: gu. Two chevronels between three falcons ar. Beaked, legged and bellied or.

Above the shield and helmet is the crest which is described as: A falcon ar. beaked, legged and bellied or., holding in the mouth a buckle of the last.


gu. A chevron or.

gu. A chevron between three falcons ar.


gu. Two chevronels between three falcons ar.

az. A chevron and fesse ar. In chief three annulets or.


gu. Three plates or.

gu. A chevron ar. between three plates, over all a fesse az.


ar. A pair of compasses and in base an annulet sa.

gu. Three chevronels between as many falcons or. In third center chief a buckle, the tongue erect. Of the second.

(There was also a shield similar to this only with argent, or silver, falcons on the field.)


gu. On a chevron or. three crosslets sa.

(There was also a shield similar to this only with a chevron of argent (silver) on the field. According to Thomas Girard of Trent, this shield was later added to with:

a chief or. (gold) with a bear sa. (sable)

as alluding to the Hadleys' descent from the Fitzurse family.

gu. On a chevron or. three crosses patonce of the first.


gu. On a chevron or. three crosses moline of the first.

az. A chevron between three annulets ar. Over all a fesse or. with three martlets gu.


The following shields are from Ireland:

gu. Three round buckles, tongues to the dexter side ar.

gu. Three round buckles, tongues to the chief ar.


gu. Three round buckles, tongues to the sinister or.

gu. Three square buckles, tongues to the dexter or.


gu. Three square buckles, tongues to the dexter ar.

gu. Three round buckles, tongues fesseways ar.

An early edition of Burke states that this coat of arms was recorded in both England and Ireland. The possibility exists that whichever Hadley belongs to this shield is the one that transplanted the family into Ireland. Alas, if we only knew what that name was.


gu. Three round buckles, tongues to the sinister ar.


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October 2, 1998