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The Bishop's Seal

The Bishops Seal by Rupert Peploe

Bishop's Seal

This shows Bishop Peploe's Episcopal Seal (also his signature above) and as you can

see the Coat of Arms (on the right of the three Bishop's mitres) is not the one

confirmed to his son in 1753. It does however appear in various old books on Heraldry

and is described as "Sable, a chevron ermine between three martlets". Bishop Peploe

appears to have used this Coat at least from 1726 until 1744 when he had a search made

of the Records in the College of Arms and nothing could be found to connect it with

the name Peploe. About the same time he was shown by a Mrs Sturger(?) a painted

escutcheon, "done in a bad hand" of the Arms that we know today - the three bugle

horns, and for some reason he adopted this shield having it carved out of oak in 1745

(see Marie's website). These were said by Mrs Sturger "to be the arms of the ancient

family of Peploe of Peploe Castle which some of the name captured by killing a Danish

Giant". This Peploe Castle was supposed to have stood in Cheshire - hence the three

Wirral Horns. Perhaps the Bishop liked the story or alternatively he found that the

three Martlets coat of arms already belonged to the very ancient Jervis family of

Chatcull near Eccleshall in Staffordshire. How the Peploe family came to think it was

theirs I do not know but perhaps one of our ancestors was a servant of some kind for

the Jervis's and so came by an object with their Arms on it - who knows? By

extraordinary co-incidence my uncle was a descendent of this family and so I remember

various bits of silver with the Bishop's first Coat of Arms engraved on it, but

clearly made for the Jervis family.

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The Bishop's son had the Coat of Arms officially confirmed in 1753 as you say. He

added the Bishops mitre to the chevron, the Sword and Crozier to the main shield to

represent the Battle of Preston in 1715. You might know the story of how the Bishop,

then vicar of Preston, refused to stop saying the prayers for King George I when

threatened with instant death by a Jacobite soldier. When the story was repeated to

King George he is reputed to have said "Peep-low, Peep-low, but he shall Peep-high and

I shall make him a Bishop." The eye on the neck of the reindeer in the neck is the eye

that "Peeps-low" and it is weeping in memory of Bishop Peploe.


In 2000 a rare Queen Anne Irish wavy end spoon (dated 1704/5) with the initial F.P.

engraved on was sold at Phillips. It had an armorial shield on it and the Coat of Arms

was a Chevron ermine between three martlets, and Phillips said it was the PEPLOE

family coat of arms. Who F.P. was I don't know and were there any Peploe/w's in

Ireland at the beginning of the 18th Century? The other alternative is that It was

actually E.P. and possibly a christening spoon for Elizabeth Peploe, the Bishop's

youngest daughter who was born that year in Preston Lancashire - perhaps a christening

present from a godparent who lived in Ireland?

Owner/SourceRupert Peploe
Linked toPeploe, Samuel Bishop 1900-3
AlbumsFamily Group 1900-3

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