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.