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October 19, 2007

auden -- the coat of arms

auden fam crest.jpg Ever seen the coat of arms for the noble family of "Auden of Rowley Regis, co. Stafford"? No? Well, here it is. This coat of arms was purchased by W. H. Auden's great-great grandparents, John Auden (1758-1834) and his wife Phoebe Woodhouse (ca. 1758-1828) of Rowley Regis in Staffordshire.

In the mesmerizing language of heraldry, the arms are described in the records at the College of Arms as being: "Argent on a cross gules, a lion passant or, between four increscents of the field." The crest over the arms is: "A caduceus in bend sinister surmounted by a scimitar in bend dexter all proper pomelled and hilted or."

The house of Auden's motto is "Cresco et spero", or "I grow and hope." It seems as good a tag as any to live by, doesn't it?

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