The most remote ancestor of whom we have any authentic information was Edward, or Everard Favell, who died in 1307. He left a son Thomas, who was born in 1267. The record recited that Sir Edward "held, the king in capit, and of the honor of Skipton, a capital message and land in Thorolby, Stretton, Broughton and Setton." This legel pharseeology merely means that as a reward for some distingushed service he received direct from the King a tract of the "crown lands" which a chief dwelling house and all appurtenances, which has orchards, cartiage, outbuildings, and everything with which the baron of that day was surrounded.
Just what service old Sir Edward had rendered to his sovereign to secure and generous recognition at the hand of Edward I is not recorded but he must have been a man of no small importance to be thus signally honored.
I can remember, as a boy on an Iowa farm, that I read Jane Porter thrilling book, "The Scotish Chiefs" and reveled in the exciting and blood-curdling tales of Sir William Wallace and his heroic followers who fought King Edward and his boasts. It is likely that Wallace and Sir Edward Fauvell may have crossed swords on more than one battlefield, back in those heroic days of 1267.
Queen Elizabeth knighted another ancestor whose identity is nor absolutely certain. Just what particular deed secured this distinguished favor from the Virgin Queen can not be asscertain, but certain it is that the honor was conferred upon him and his escutcheon duly recorded at London. The coat of arms of this family is described as "sable, a chevron with three escallops argent" with the motto "En Dieu ma foi"
Interpreted into plain English, the coat of arm is a chevron and the escallops in silver on a black background.
This a correct copy:
It has been said: "The knights of the early days of Heraldry ransacked the animal, the vegetable, and mineral kingdoms, as well as the range of things natural and artificial, for congnizance which would be distintive and at the same time suggestive of the name and title of the bearer of them." They were accustomed to adopt the most common things in their escutcheons and give them a symbolic meaning.
The chevron was originally copied from the angle formed by the union of the two rafters of a house thus. It is apparent that this was symbolical of strenght. The rafters support the weight of the roof. The chevron has become a distinctly military badge. It
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