Coat of Arms

Not being an expert in this field this section may be totally wrong - but all of the examples of arms found for the various Strangeways families seem to be based one common design. Whether this means they are all branches of the same family or if unconnected families have simply copied earlier designs I cannot say.

The coats of arms found all have a common armorial design; two lions with three red bars. The General Armory seems to support these results more...

This sample coats of arms is available as a JPG file for download. It is set up for printing at 300dpi at around A4 size. To view / save just click on the picture


Strangwais of Lancashire

The ancient family whose estates eventually became the Strangeways district of Manchester. more..



Strangways of Ireland

The motto "Soys Joyeux et ne Doubte Point" (and its alternative version "Ystoyeux et ne Doublero") have a common meaning - "Be Happy and Doubt Not"

Family tree...



Swainston-Strangwayes of Alne, Yorkshire

An example of two families combining their arms - 2 quarters for Strangwayes and 2 quarters for Swainston (3 maiden heads).

Family tree...


Strangways of Harsley, Yorkshire

Armorial desciption - Sable, two lions passant in pale, paly of six argent and gules, in the dexter chief a canton of the second [thanks to]

Harsley Castle..


Strangeways-Donaldson-Selby of Northumberland

Arms recorded in the stained glass window of the parish church on Lindisfarne, Northumberland - 2 quarters for Strangeways and 2 quarters for Donaldson-Selby.

Printed pedigree..


Strangeways-Donaldson-Selby of Northumberland

Another example this time from a bookplate

Printed pedigree..


More examples..

As with all these family trees there are likely to be errors and gaps - since few (no?) family trees are ever complete or provide the fully detailed story of something as complex as a family’s history . And it is impossible to wait until all the details are confirmed before publishing what fragments are known about a family tree - since family trees will always have gaps. All the information listed here has been obtained from publicly available sources. Sources put online by both official outlets and through the efforts of amateur researchers. Also note that many of the BMD entries only refer to the Quarter and the Registration District where the event was registered - since these are a main source of the public records.

Please get in touch with any corrections so that we can be as complete and accurate as possible.


BrianTownsley Brotherton Sheeky Family



The above book - Wives and Daughters by Joanna Martin - provides much background information about the Fox-Strangways family, their lives and social connections.