Giles CLIFTON

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ArmsPer pale Gules and Azure two otters statant erect and addorsed Argent each crowned with an Ancient Crown and holding in the interior forepad a sword erect Or.
CrestIssuant from an Ancient Crown Or a demi Otter Sable winding a Bugle Horn Gules garnished Or.
MottoSEMPER PERSEVERANS

Mr Clifton’s Arms reflect the origins of the family. His ancestors most probably derived their surname from the hamlet of Clifton on the Oxfordshire/Northants border on the River Cherwell. The parted field is a heraldic allusion to this with the dexter representing land and the sinister water. Otters are an ancient English mammal native to Cherwell. The Crowns and Swords are a reference to the service of members of the Armiger’s family in the Armed Forces and Judiciary. The Crest is a continuation of these themes. The Bugle Horn is a nod towards the Hundred of Wirral (a Royal forest in the late Middle Ages) and the Royal Rock Beagle Hunt of which Mr Clifton is a Joint Master.

Granted28th April 2009 (College of Arms)
AgentWilliam Hunt (Windsor Herald)
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