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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.

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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