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From: Jean WOOD <>
Subject: Re: [B&S] Family Crest help needed BECHER & ?
Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 09:08:18 +0200 (CEST)
25 years ago I did some heraldry as part of my City and Guilds embroidery course.
I make absolutely no promises, but I still have most of my heraldry books and if I can help at all I will try. Do send me the picture, with any transcription you have already made. At least if I can read it, I should be able to help with the meaning of the words..
Unfortunately my husband recently bought the cheapest printer/scanner he could find to replace one that had died and I am disgusted at what it does not want to do! So I will probably need to work off whatever image I see on screen.
> Message du 20/05/09 05:32
> De : "Jenny Stiles"
> A : "Bristol & Somerset List"
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> Objet : [B&S] Family Crest help needed BECHER & ?
> Hi list,
> My BECHER family of Bristol had members living in Kingston, Jamaica & sent trade goods there frequently. Recently I found in a book of monumental inscriptions of Jamaica, an inscription at Kinston of a John BECHER, native of England, Barrister & resident for many years [in Jamaica] died 22.9.1762, aged 35. This gives him a birthdate of abt 1727, which is not a good match for any of the known Bristol Bechers, although I do have a few candidates among their distant cousins.
> Included with the inscription though is a further clue, a crest. Unfortunately, the book was a scanned one online & the resolution was very low but I was able to get a screen capture of the image, but I can't quite make out the heraldic jargon! The left side of the crest is the standard Becher one, but the right side [representing I believe the female line] are three lions heads, mouths open, facing to the left. Two are on the top row, with two rows of "crenulations" [like the top of a castle wall] & the third head below this. If I could identify this side of the crest it would probably tell me which branch this John BECHER belongs to. Can anybody help me in identifying it?
> >From Jenny
> P.S. I can send the picture to anybody interested.
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