Alderman Robert Yeamans

Alderman Robert Yeamans

After many years of being considered to be a bogus achievement, the coat of arms on the parapet of Kingswall House in Malmesbury was identified as that of Padenham and Yeamans. dating from c.1666. i.e. Gules a Chevron between 3 crosses pometty fitchy argent for Padonham. Sable a Chevron. 3 cronels of spears argent for Yeamans of Redland of Bristol.

The antecedents of Padenham have not been discovered. Robert Yeamans, on the other hand, was the Sheriff of Bristol who attempted to surrender that city in 1643 to Prince Rupert but was frustrated, imprisoned and after considerable haggling, hanged together with his brother William and other conspirators from the walls of the city in 1643.

It would be inferred that Kingswall House was refurbished on the proceeds of some sort of indemnity paid to the relict of either of these gentlemen after the Restoration when Civic consciences in Bristol cannot have been too easy regarding recent events.

The portrait of Sheriff Robert Yeamans by W. Fleisheers* now hangs in the Red House Museum, Bristol.

The portrait original was part of the Braikenridge bequest to the City Art Gallery, and its provenance extracted from the Benefactors’ Catalogue of C.1822, which stated it was “a whole length portrait (in costume of a Sheriff of Bristol) of Mr. Yeamans who was executed in the Civil War“ in the possession of Thomas Hill Esq., of Malmesbury, Wilts. and was acquired “out of a house in that parish which was owned by Mr. Yeamans”.

A fine small water colour (sic) drawing from it was prepared by Mr. Delamotte, for the Christ Church parish collection, and a copy of this in turn prepared by a Mr. Manning, would appear to be this one currently displayed.

*Also spelt Flushier or Flesshiers

Robert Yeamans Coat of Arms © Malmesbury Memories

Robert Yeamans Coat of Arms © Malmesbury Memories

Robert Yeamans Family Tree © Malmesbury Memories

Robert Yeamans Family Tree © Malmesbury Memories

Source:- Tom Winch

28 September, 2017
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