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locality of this family, was called the Book of Kilronan, or, sometimes the


* O'Duibhgenain : Other authorities give the name, in Irish, as O'Doighnain
("doigh :" Irish, hope ; Gr. "do-keo," to thuik). — See the " Dinan" pedigree.

t Proprietors : See the Paper in the Appendix of our Irish Landed Gentry, headed
*' Books of Survey and Distribution ;" under the barony of Dromaheare, and county of


'ook of the O'Duigenans. That Book was one of the Chronicles from which
iie Four Masters (one of whom was Cucoigcriche or Peregrine O'Duigenan)
^llected their great work in 1632.

The Four Masters record, as might be expected, numerous obits of the
>'Duigenan family ; each of whom is commemorated as a learned historian
r philosopher.

In 1588, Duffy O'Duigenan wrote a history of the Sept of the

Patrick Duigenan, LL.D.,* who was M.P. for the Borough of Old
-eighlin, in the Irish ParHament of 1797, was a member of this family.
*hat Patrick Duigenan was one of the King's Counsel, Advocate-General
f the Admiralty, Judge of the Prerogative Court, Professor of Common
aaw in the Dublin University, Vicar-General of Dublin, a Doctor of
iaws, Vicar-General of the Diocese of Meath and Leighlin and Ferns,
Ldvocate in the Ecclesiastical Courts, etc.

In O'Clery's Genealogies the pedigree of the family is recorded down
3 John Ballach O'Dugenan, who was Chief of his name, when the family
^as dispossessed of their Kilronan patrimony ; but, from his time down
3 the Cromwellian Confiscations, the family genealogy is not forthcoming.
Ve have therefore been able to trace only one branch of the family ;
amely, that descended from :

1. John Duigenan, of Ardagh, in
ounty Longford, who had :

2. John, who was master of the
jr-rammar School, at Walsall, in
taffordshire, and d. there in 1845,
eaving an only surviving son, and
hree daughters :

I. Henry Duignan, of whom pre-

I. Mary, who m. Mr. Thomas
Franklin, of Walsall.

II. Emma, who m. Mr. William
Totly, of Walsall.

III. Ann. who m. Mr. William
Holden, of Walsall.

3. Henry Duignan : son of John ;
d. at Walsall, in 1873, and was
buried at Ilushall, leaving his only
child :

4. William Henry Duignan
(living in 1883) of Kushall Hall,
near Walsall, who was twice m. :
first, in 1850, to Mary, dau. of
William Minors, Esq., of Fisher-
wick, in Staffordshire, and by her
had three children :

I. Florence-Mary, the wife of
George Rose, M.A ; living in

I. Ernest-Henry.

* Duigenan .* Doctor Patrick Duigenan was twice married : his first wife was a
iliss Cusack ; his second, a Miss Heppenstal. This name reminds us of a Lieutenant
leppenstal, who, in 1798, acquired the sirname of the " Walking Gallous" from the
ollowing circumstance : *' Heppenstal," writes Sir Jonah Barrington, " was a remark-
bly tall, robust man, and had a habit of expertly executing straggling Rebels, when
iB happened to meet them, by twisting his own cravat round their necks, then throw-
Qg it over his own brawny shoulder, and so trotting about at a smart pace, with the
lebel dangling at his back, and choking gradually till he was totally defunct, which
;enerally happened before the Lieutenant was tired of bis amusement. This ingenious
lontrivance, and some others nearly as expert, has not been practised in any other part
^f the world as yet discovered ; but it was the humour of the year 1798, in Ireland,
luring martial law, and was not discountenanced by any military, or countermanded by
-ny municipal authority ; nor was its legality ever investigated or called in question
»y any Court of Justice.— At that time Lord Clare was Chancellor."— See Vol. II. of
Jaurington's Historic Memoirs of Ireland.

426 DUi.


DUX. [part III.

II. George-Stubbs.

The second wife of William-
Henry Duignan was Jenny, dau. of
HeiT J. B. Petersen, of Stockholm,
whom he there m. in 1868, and by
whom he has three children (living
in 1883):

III. Bernard.

IV. Carl.

V. Oscar.

5. Ernest-Henry Duignan : son
of William-Henry; he and his
brother George-Stubbs Duignan
living in 1883.


Arms : Az. six plates, three, two, -and one, on a chief or. a demi lion ramp. gu.
Crest : An orb ar. banded and surmounted by a cross pattee or.

CORMAC, brother of Suibneach, who is No. 103 on the "Dwyer" (of Coille-
na-Managh) pedigree, was the ancestor of MacDonnagain ; anglicised
Donegan* and JDungan, Chiefs in the county Limerick.

107. Treasach : his son.

108. Fine: his son.

109. Euadhri : his son.

110. Tighearnan : his son.

111. Euadhri : his son.

112. Maolseachlainn MacDonna-
gain : his son.

103. Cormac : son of Dunchadh.

104. Maolmaith ("maith:" Irish,
good ; Wei. " mad /' Arm. " mat") :
his son.

105. Meclachtnan: his son.

106. Donnegan ( " donnegan : "
Iiish, a little lord, or a hroiv/i lord) :
his son ; a quo MacDonnegaAn.


Princes of Ulidia.

^NEAS Tuirmeach-Teamrach, the 81st Monarch of Ireland, who (see p
355) is No. 66 on the " Line of Heremon," had a son named Fiach-Fearl
mara, who was ancestor of the Kings of Argyle and Dalriada, in Scotland 3
this Fiach (latinized " Fiachus Fearmara") was also the ancester of Mac-
Dunshleihhe SindO'Dunsleihhe, anglicised Dunleavy, Bunlief, Dunlap,'\ Belap,
Dunlevy, Don-Levi, Donleiij, Levingsione, Livingstone^ and Levenston.

* Donegan : Several branches of this family are given by MacFirbis ; the fore-
going is merely the Stem.

f Dujilap : John Dunlap, an American Revolutionary patriot, was bcrn at Stra-
bane, in 1747. At the age of eight or nine years he went to live with bis uncle William,
a printer and publisher of Philadelphia. When but eighteen betook sole charge of
bis uncle's business, and in November, 1771, commenced the Pennsylvania Packet, and
before long became one of the most successful printers and editors of the country. As
printer to Congress, he first issued the " Declaration of Independence." He died in
Philadelphia, on 27th November, 1812.


DUN. 427

67. Fiach-Fearmara : son of
68: Olioll Erann : his son.

69. Feareadach : his son.

70. Forga : his son.

71. Main Mor : his son.

72. Arndal* ("aran;" Irish,
Wead; Lat. " aran-s ;" Gr. " aroon,"
oloughing ; and " dal" or " dail :"
trish, afield): his son.

73. Rathrean : his son.

74. Trean : his son.

75. Rosin : his son.

76. Sin : his son.

77. Eochaidh : his son ; had an
jlder brother named Deadhach,
who was an ancester of Loam, the
Ast King of Dalriada, in Scotland.

78. Deithsin : son of Eochaidh.

79. Dluthagh : his son.

80. Daire : his son.

81. Fiatach Fionn : his son ; the
1 03rd Monarch of Ireland, a quo
Dal iiatach.''

82. Ogaman : his son.

83. Fionnchada : his son.

84. lomchaidh : his son.

85. Fergus Dubh-dheadach, the
11 4th Monarch : his son.

86. ^neas (or Aongus) Fionn :
lis son j who is No. 34 on the Roll
3f the "Kings of Ulster."— See
bhat Roll, in the Appendix.

87. Luigheach : his son ; is No.
36 on that Roll; was the last of the

Dal Fiatach" pre-Christian Kines
3f Ulster.

88. Mianach : his son.

89. Dubhthach : his son.

90. Dalian : his son.

91. Forga (2) : his sou.

92. Muredach Mundearg : his
son; the first Christian King of

93. Cairioll Coscrach : his son;
the second King.

94. Deman : his son ; the seventh

95. Fiachna : his son ; the twelfth

96. Maolcobhach (or Malcovus),
the 144th Monarch, and the 15th
King of Ulidia : his son.

97. Blathmac, the 150th Monarchy
and 16th King of Ulidia.

98. Beag fioirche (" boirche :"
Irish, a large hind), the 19th King;
his son.

99. Aodh (or Hugh) Roin : his
son ; the 21st King.

100. Fiachna: his son; the 23rd
King ; living A.D. 743.

101. Eochaidh : his son ; the 24th

102. Aodh (2): his son.

103. Eachagan : his son.

104. Aodh (3) : his son ; the 38th

105. Madadhan : his son.

106. Ardgal : his son; the 44th

107. Eochaidh, the 46th King:
his son.

108. Niall, the 48th King: his

109. Eochaidh ("eochaidh:" Irish,
a iMight or horseman ; from each :
Irish, a horse), a quo 0'h-£Jochaidh,
anglicised O'Heoghy, Hoey^ Hotve,
Haughy Haiighey, etc. : his son;
whose brother Maolruanaidh was
the 47th King of Ulidia, and was
slain, A.D. 1014, at the battle of
Clontarf, fighting against the

110. Dunsleibhe [dunsleive] : his
son ; a quo MacDunshleihhe and

* Arndal : This Celtic word is the root of the'sirname Aniald, modernized Arnold.

t Ulidia : In page 199 of first series, this Muredach is, through the author's mis-
take, mentioned as the son of Crimthann Liath, who was king of Orgiall (and not of
i Ulidia), at the time of the advent of St. Patrick to Ireland.

428 DUN.


DUX. [part in-

shleibhe :* his son ; living, A.D.

111. Connor: his son; whose
brother Eory was the 54th Christian
{and last) King of Ulidia.

112. Cu-Uladh [u]a] MacDun-

We are at present (1881) unable to continue the descent of this family
down to the Hereditary Prince of Ulidia,! who, for his devotion to King
blames XL, had in 1691 to quit Ireland and retire to France ; where he d.
at the Archbishopric of Treves, leaving an only son and heir — Andrew-
Maurice, who was b. in Ireland, and d. at Coblentz, on 19th June, 1751,
From him the descent was as in tg much under public
lOtice. He took, however, an active part at one time, in an undertaking promoted by
jord George Hill, Sir James Dombrain, Professor Aldridge, and others, for the purpose
£ extracting and utilizing the various valuable salts found in seaweed. Amongst the
hemists who graduated under Mr. Earl, and who now occupy high positions through-
ut the United Kingdom and the Colonies, we may mention the name^ of Sir Charles
:;ameron, M.D., Analyst to the City of


•urgeons in Ireland.

Dublin, and President of the Royal College of

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EAR. [part III.

the 4th of August, 1885. He was
married to Jane, the only daughter
of John Kearney, a Dublin Poplin
Manufacturer. This lady was de-
scended on her mother's side from
Peter La Touche, of Belfield, county
Dublin, who was erroneously de-
scribed in her obituary announce-
ment as of Bellvue, co. JViddoiv ; the
La Touches of Belfield being a much
older branch of the family. (See
Burke's Landed Gentry.)

Mrs. Jane Earl, according to the
certificate of her death issued by
Doctor More Madden (an eminent
physician, elsewhere referred to in
this volume), died of mental trouble
and decline, produced by her hus-
band's death, which event she sur-
vived only nine months ; dying on
the Uth of May, 1886, deeply
regretted by all her friends, to whom
she had endeared herself by her
exceedingly gentle and amiable dispo-
sition. We were informed that the
Rev. A. S. Fuller, D.D., Vicar of St.
Mark's, Dublin, in preaching Mrs.
Earl's funeral sermon, touchingly
alluded to " the rare instance of
inconsolable conjugal affection,
evinced in the decease of this ami-
able lady, who, from a long personal
acquaintance, he could testify, was
truly described as — a good wife and
a pious and loving mother."

The issue of Patrick William
Earl and his wife, were five sons
and three daughters :

L John-Samuelj who d. young.

II. William- Samuel, who died

III. Frederick George Earl, born
in 1852, educated at Erasmus

Smith's School, Dublin,
living unmarried in 1887.


IV. John Charles Earl, born in
1855, educated at Erasmus
Smith's School, Dublin, and
living unm. in 1887.

V. Edward H. Earl, born in 1863,
and living unmarried in 1887..
He was educated at Erasmusj
Smith's School, Dublin, and!
was subsequently a pupil in)
Chemistry, of Sir Charles!
Cameron, M.D., the distin-
guished Irish Analyst above
mentioned. EdwardH. Earl was]
for some time the proprietor
and Editor* of a Dublin Church
Magazine, which received the
support and patronage of the
Most Rev. Lord Plunket, D.D.J
and other eminent Church dig!
nitaries. He was also the authoJ
of an interesting archaeological
sketch of St. Dolough's Churchi
CO. Dublin, to which church he
received the honorary appoint-
ment of lay-reader from the
late Archbishop Trench, in
1884, the then Rector of Sti
Dolough's being the talented
Doctor Tisdall, Chancellor o\
Christ Church Cathedral^
Dublin. J

VI. Georgina Elizabeth Earlj
living unm. in 1887. '

VII. Emily Jane Earl, livina
unm. in 1887. 1

VIII. Henrietta Earl, who die|

* Editor: The Dublin Morning and Evening Mail, of October lltb, 1882, in I
very favourable review, thus alluded to Mr. E. H. Earl's first literary effort— the St
Mark" s Parv^h Magazine .... " It would be unfair to close this notice withoui
making some reference to the young gentleman, through whose energy the Magazine
has struggled into existence. He is but a boy in years, and yet we believe he cauvasse*
for the Magazine's Advertisements (of which there is a good display), supplied tb
news for its columns ,and vnrote its introductory address — in fact, did everything for if
If but half the parishioners of St. Mark's are possessed of such devotion towards thei
church as this youthful editor is, a bright prospect lies before it."



ECC. 435


Arms: The Armorial Bearings of "Eccles"* are — Ar. two halbertsf crossed
jaltier-wise az. Crest : A broken halbert az. Motto : Se defendendo.

I5IR Hugh O'Conor Dun, of BaUintubber| Castle, county Eoscommon,
!vho is No. 124 on the "O'Conor Don" pedigree, was one of the Irish
Chiefs who sat in the Irish Parliament of 1585, and sigaed a Deed of
Composition with Queen Elizabeth, as head of his family. He was
vnighted by the Lord Deputy Sir John Perrott, and was styled " Lord of
onnaught;" he d. in 1632 at a very advanced age. Sir Hugh O'Conor
)un m. the daughter of Sir Brian O'Eourke, of Breffni, and by her had
e veral sons. According to tradition the posterity of the eldest son became
xtinct since the reign of Charles II.

125. Hush Oge O'Conor, of Castle-

ea, who d. about 1635 : second son
f Sir Hugh ; m. Jane, dau. of Lord
)illon, and by her had :

126. General Daniel O'Conor, of
astlerea (who d. 1667). This
>aniel O'Conor m. Anne Berming-
am, dau. of Lord Athenry, and
ft a son :

127. Colonel Andrew§ O'Conor,
ho m. Honoria, dau. of Colonel

Luke Do well of Mantagh, and by
her had four sons :

I. Daniel, of Clonalis, of whom

IL Sir Thomas 0'Conor,|| Knight
of St. Louis, and G-eneral in the
French Service.

III. The E3V. Andrew O'Conor.

IV. Sir Hugh O'Conor, Knight
of Calatrava ; Brigadier-Gene-
ral in His Catholic Majesty's

* Eccles : For the Arms of the " O'Conor" family, see tboseof the O'Conor Don.

t Salherts : It is worthy of remark that these Arms are identical with those of
obert Bruce, to whom the " Eccles" family of Kildonan, county Ayr, were related.
he winning of these Arms by Bruce is beautifully described by Sir Walter Scott in
s Lord of the Isles.

% Ballintubber : Sir William "Wilde, in his Fisherman of the Suck, gives an amusing'
count of the siege of Ballintubber Castle. It seems that in 1786, a Will said to
ive been made by Hugh O'Conor, an ancestor of this line, was discovered accidentally
itween the leaves of a card-table which had been screwed together for a great number
years, and had lain among the effects of the late Lord Athenry. This document
com which it appeared that the castle and estate of Ballintubber, which had long he-
re passed from the O'Conor family, had not been included in the original confiscation
their estates) passed into the hands of Alexander O'Conor, a man of very eccentric
ibits, who acted thereupon without further delay. He took possession of the castle,
rtified it, and held high state for a short time until the matter was brought under the
)tice of the Irish House of Commons, which disapproved of Alexander's summary
•oceedings, and sent down a body of troops to dislodge him. The marks of the cannon
Jls fired on the occasion are yet to be seen.

^ Andrew : This Andrew O'Cjnor must have had an elder brother Roderick, who
ed young ; as a curious medallion or locket in possession of the family of the late
exander O'Conor Eccles, of Roscommon, would seem to attest. The medallion is of
Id, surmounted by a crown ; the front, of cut crystal covering a small painting of an
.egorical figure, surrounded by a chain of fine gold. The back bears this inscription -
" Rodrik O'Connor Dun dy'd the 22nd Feby., 1722."

D Thomas 0' Conor : There is in the possession of the family of the late Mr. O'Conor
jcles an old pedigree written on parchment, partly in Irish, and partly in English ;
ted 6th July, 1738 ; signed and sealed by Charles Lynegar, then King-at-Arms, and

436 Ecc.


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Service ; and Governor of

128. Daniel O'Conor Dun, of Clon-
alis (d. 1769): son of Colonel
Andrew O'Conor; m. Margaret
Ryan, and by her had three sons
and two daughters :

I. Dominic O'Conor Dun, who
m. Catherine Kelly, of Lisna-
neen, but by whom he had no
children. He willed his pro-
perty to his brothers in suc-
cession, and, failing issue by
them, to his cousin* Denis
O'Conor, of Belanagare, and his
descendants. (From Owen, son
of said Denis, the present
O'Conor Don is descended.)

II. Alexander O'Conor Don, suc-
ceeded his brother Dominic,
and d. unm. in 1820. So dis-
pleased was he at the terms of
Dominic's Will, that he refused
to have said Dominic interred
at Kilkeevan with the rest of
the family. To Alexander suc-
ceeded in the Clonalis property,
Owen O'Conor, of Belanagare,
according to the terms of
Dominic's Will.

III. Thomas, younger brother of
Alexander, d. unm.

I. Jane, of whom presently.

II. Elizabeth, who d. unm.

129. Jane O'Conor : the elder
daughter of Daniel O'Conor Dun ;
m. William Eccles.t a scion of the

Kildonan (co. Ayr) family of that
name. This Jane O'Conor was
educated in France, like all Catholic
young ladies of her rank during the
penal days in Ireland ; and was re-
turning home under the care of the
Yery Eev. Dr. Clifford,; Priest of
the Sorbonne, when she seized the
opportunity to elope with her lover
William Eccles ; knowing well that
her family would never consent to
her marriage with a non-Catholic.
This marriage greatly displeased the
O'Conor family, who had lost so
heavily through their steadfast
adherence to the Catholic faith
and Jane's father refused to see hei
again. She and her brothers, how
ever, became reconciled ; and it wa.'
understood that her only son Danie
O'Conor Eccles, was, if he survive(
them, to succeed his uncles, a
"O'Conor Don." But Dominic
who became seized of the lands c
Clonalis, under a Patent froi
Charles II. (the estates which h
derived from Sir Hugh O'Conc
having been confiscated under th
Cromwellian Settlement), by h:
Will devised same unto his brothe:
successively, as above-mentioned, i
strict settlement, with remainder 1
Denis O'Conor, of Belanagare, f
life, with remainder to his elde
son Owen O'Conor, of Belanagar
and his brothers successively,
strict settlement, with remainder

"by William Walker, the Lord Mayor of Dublin at that date. That pedigree trai
from the earliest times the genealogy of Thomas O'Conor, Knight of St. Louis, a
General in the service of the King of France.

* Cousin : If Dominic O'Conor Dun thought proper to will his property to
sister Jane, in succession to his brothers Alexander and Thomas, failing issue
them, there was not, in our opinion, any English or Irish law to prevent Jane's ci j
son Daniel O'Conor Eccles from succeeding to the property ; for, we find a similar c
in that of the daughter of The O'Gorman, who married a Mr. Mahon, whose son
succeeding his grandfather was known as " The O'Gorman Mahon!"

t Eccles : The ancestor of William Eccles came to Ireland with Edward Bruce, |
the time of Bruce's Invasion of Ireland, a.d. 1315.

t Cliford : Dr. Clifford's grandnieces still (1887) live,— one at Castlerea, ecu
KoBcommon, the other at Chambery in Savoy.



ECC. 437

several other cousins successively ;
and thus, by this testament, disin-
herited his only nephew, the son of
bis sister Jane.

130. Daniel "Eccles O'Conor Don,"
as he continued to write his name
until his death, in 1839 : only son
of Jane O'Conor and her husband
William Eccles. This Daniel op-
posed the Will of his uncle Dominic,
on the ground of " undue influence,"
on the part of Dominic's wife ; but
the proofs he adduced of that
alleged influence were not, in the
opinion of the court, sufficient to
annul the Will, which therefore,
unjust as it was, held good in law.
This Daniel* m. Charlotte, dau, of
Benjamin Pemberton, and by her
had a family of five sons and three
daughters, none of whom married,
save Alexander.

131. Alexander O'Conor Eccles, of

Ballinagard House, near Roscom-
mon, who d. in March, 1877 : son
of Daniel O'Conor Eccles ; m.
Mary, dau. of Matthew Richards,
of Gorey, and by her had several
children, of whom only two girls
survive in 1887. (O'Brennan's
History of Ireland, a very interesting
work, refers to the descent of this
Alexander O'Conor Eccles.)

132. Charlotte and Mary O'Conor
Eccles : only surviving children of
Alexander O'Conor Eccles; living
in 1887.

It will be seen by carefully readr
ing this genealogy, that these two
young ladies are, through their
great-grandmother, Janef Eccles
(nee O'Conor), the sole represen-
tatives, in the senior line, of Sir
Hugh O'Conor Dun, of Clonalis,
who is No. 128 on this pedigree.

* Daniel : Sir William Wilde, who is an excellent authority, having been born at

Castlerea, where his father was family physician to the O'Conors, and whose sister

moreover married Oliver Pemherton, nephew-in-law to Daniel O'Conor Eccles, adds the

following interesting note to his Memoir of Gabriel Beranger (Gill : Duhlin) : — " I am

perhaps the last writer who retains a personal recollection of three of the following

descendants of Cathal Crove-Dearig, one of the last Kings of Connaught. Daniel, one

of the direct descendants of Sir Hugh, of Ballintubber, was The O'Canor Dun {doom, or

luhK) or the Dark O'Conor, to distinguish him from O'Conor Roe (or ruadJi), the red

(O'Conor), and O'Conor Sligo and O'Conor Kerry. He lived in great state at Clonalis,

t near Castlerea, and died in 1769. He had three sons : Dominick, Alexander, and

f Thomas ; and two daughters, Jane and Elizabeth." Sir William goes on to say that

Jane's marriage with a Protestant offended her family, and then adds :— " Dominick,

'6 who died in 1795, was reconciled to his sister, but made a will leaving his property to

ir Denis O'Conor, of Belinagar, failing issue by his brothers. The third son, Thomas

O'Conor, lived to a great age along with his sister * Miss Betty,' at a place called Aram,

near the mill bridge at Castlerea, where my father, who was their medical attendant,

■used frequently to bring me to see them. Thomas O'Conor died so suddenly, that foul

play was suspected, as he was supposed to have had a large sum of money in the house ;

and an inquest was held on him. Both brothers and sister were very eccentric, and

"'' lived in great seclusioa, but were highly esteemed by all the first families in the

^' county. In the old house I remember seeing a beautiful Spanish picture of the

Madonna, a large gold snufif-box representing on the lid the landing of Columbus in

\ America, said to have been given by the Kingf of Spain to one of the O'Conor family ;

jand the silver and jewelled hilted sword of Count O'Reilly. These with the personal

jnjproperty of Thos. O'Conor passed into the hands of his nephew, the late Daniel Eccles,

ea father of my esteemed friend Alexander O'Conor Eccles, of Roscommon."

t Jane Eccles {nde O'Conor) : The following inscription, copied in 1857 from a
tombstone in Kilkeevan churchyard, which has been since wantonly defaced, sustains
a great part of this pedigree, down to and including the name of the said Jane Eccles :
** Here lies the remains of the descendants of the ancient Monarchs of Ireland. General
j Daniel O'Connor Don and Anne O'Connor, alias Bermingham, his wife, sister to Lord
)i^ Baron Athenry ; Colonel Andrew O'Connor Don, and Honoria O'Connor, alias Do well,

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Arms : Az. a tower triple towered supported by two lions ramp, ar. as many chain