Significant insignia

Lisa.Ford | April 23, 2013


The Coat of Arms with Garter insignia on the Surrey Tomb

The Coat of Arms with Garter insignia on the Surrey Tomb

Looking at the calendar reminds me of the reason why I first came to look at the Framlingham tombs, and why I became interested particularly in Surrey’s tomb.  On this St. George’s Day, one does not have to look far for the insignia of the Order of the Garter in St. Michael’s.  It is all around you in the chancel…on the tomb of the 3rd Duke, the tomb of the Duke of Richmond, and on Surrey’s tomb as well.  All were members of the order…but both the 3rd Duke and Surrey were degraded from the order upon their attainders, as was the 4th Duke in his time.

The Coat of Arms with Garter Insignia on the 3rd Duke's tomb

The Coat of Arms with Garter Insignia on the 3rd Duke’s tomb

The 3rd Duke was restored to his honours upon Mary I’s accession to the throne…but Surrey was never restored and thus the Garter insignia on his tomb is an interesting anomaly.  All three of the tombs mentioned bear the usual forms of the insignia one would expect to see on such monuments…the garter with its motto surrounding the coats of arms, the knee garters on the left leg of the effigies, the brightly gilded collars on the effigies of Surrey and his sons…all in all, a robust display of the family honours!


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