IRYSHE, IRISHE, or IRISH
~~~ COAT OF ARMS ~~~
Sir Adam de Ireys (b. abt 1070)
The earliest known ancestor. He accompanied Godfrey of
Bouillon to the Holy Land on the First Crusade. During the Crusade,
he slew a Saracen leader of high rank, severing his head from his
body by one blow of his sword. For his service in the Crusade, he was
knighted and given the right to a Coat of Arms.
A cross arranged between twelve
billets (or gold) crest; an oak tree
eradicated; charged with a dragon or
pierced through the breast with a sword.
~~~ Edmund D'Iryshe (b. abt 1150) ~~~
Accompanied Richard the Lion-Hearted on the
Third Crusade (1189-1192) and died near Jerusalem.
It was he who was awarded the St.Georges Cross which
appears on the shield of the family Coat of Arms.
Semper constans fidelis. (Always constant and
faithful) a Crusader.
Indicates diplomatic service to the State.
~~~ Sir William Irishe (b. abt 1480 - d. 1513) ~~~
William was knighted from the Earl of Surrey after
the battle of Flodden Field, England, on September
9, 1513. He was killed at Kelso, Scotland, in 1513 at
the time that Surrey was restored. Sir William Irishe
is responsible for the twelve billets on the shield
of the family Coat of Arms.
Indicates strength and firmness.
The dragon pierced with a sword:
Shows that while being with courage and
determination, a wound has been received with that weapon.
"Descendants of John Irish; The Immigrant 1629-1963 and
Allied Families," by Willis Luther Irish and Stella Bertha
(Putnam) Irish. The Dingley Press: Freeport, Maine. 1964.