As a short post-script, I note the fact that the coats of arms used by Despards subsequent to 1700 were ‘argent, two bars gules’, and also ‘argent three bars gules’. The former were the same as the arms of the Earls of Kendal (who used ‘argent, two bars gules, in a canton gules, a lion passant guardant, or’ – see Richard III Article), and Jean de Foix (the Grailly line) and his inheritors were Earls of Kendal. The latter arms were the same as those used by the family of Busli (Bussey), who were relations of the de Grailly (Grelley), both arriving in England with William of Normandy in 1066. The legitimate lines of both these English based families had died out by the mid 1300’s. The earliest crest used by the Despards that I have found was an armed dexter (left) hand holding an upright dagger. I note that the Irish for dagger is grilly (eg. Lis-na-Grilly is fort of the dagger). Grilly was also the village near Lake Geneva in Switzerland from whence the de Grailly (de Foix) family originated. If a new background for the Despards was created as I have indicated, the use of this crest and the coats of arms, might also have been considered an amusing play on history.
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