On the 17th of September, 1719 the 19 year old Lady Anne Seymour
married the Third Duke of Leeds, Peregrine Hyde Osbourne. Her father
was the 6th Duke of Somerset. The table below may have been made to
celebrate the marriage, or it may have been made to commemorate her
death in childbirth in 1722.
The inscription says 'Layde Ann Osborn (nee Seymour) of Kiveton'.
The shield with the 'angels wings' (see below) is the family
shield of the ancient family of SEYMOUR.
The harp like shape is actually a "pair of wings" up-side-down on a "red back ground". In Heraldry discriptions lines running parrallel, as in the picture of that shield, signify the colour red.
The Heraldic description is in actual fact:
"Gules (red), two wings or (gold/yellow) conjoined in lure of the first."
This ancient shield is attributed to her ancestor Sir Roger Seimor (Seymour) in the time of Henry III. (heraldic information kindly supplied by a descendant of the 12th Duke of Somerset).
Further heraldic information was sent to me by Joe
Silmon-Monerri who told me:
"Hello, I enjoyed your site very much. I am a researcher (chiefly) into the Seymours and their origins. I am writing about this. However, regarding Lady Anne and the Seymour 'wings', please allow me to alert you to a slight correction:
not 'angels wings' but a 'hunting lure'
hence: 'gules, a pair of wings, tips downward, conjoined in lure, or'
bird: hawk, falcon, sparrow-hawk, goss-hawk, etc.
The noble lords of even before 1066 regarded hunting as the
highest of noble goals, and rewarded hunters
She didn't gave birth to the 4th Duke, whose park keeper was Richard Ashby and whose gravestone is pictured on the harthill church pages.Titian
Today such a collection would surely be worth in excess of £100 million.
In 1806 the Kiveton estate was visited by the then Prince of Wales and legend has it that the Duke destroyed Keeton Hall as a bet with the Prince (it's just a legend though).
The gravestone of one of the Duke's park keepers, one Richard Ashby (d1778), can be seen on the Harthill Church pages. There are lots of pubs in the area called the Leeds Arms because of succesive Dukes of Leeds. The first Duke who built the place was a knight (Sir Thomas) from 1647-1673, and then Earl of Danby 1674-1694, and finally a Duke from 1694 until his death in 1712. He was a very big political player e.g. treasurer of England 1673, and plotter against James II and for William of Orange 1688. The full list of titles held by Thomas Osbourne are: Thomas Osbourne, 1st Duke of Leeds, Marquess of Carmarthen, Earl of Danby, Viscount Latimer of Danby, Viscount Osbourne of Dunblane, Baron Osbourne of Kiveton, Sir Thomas Osbourne. Quite a collection of titles and gongs.