Peach Genealogy - Newsletter, Issue 21

The Electronic Peach Tree Issue 21
Editor: John Harding Peach

Greetings and salutations to all those on our tour for 1999. I trust this has been a great year for you thus far. I look back on all the new acquaintances we made last year, and it simply overwhelms me. Our Peach/Peachey family keeps growing, and I want to personally welcome each of you who have joined our tour by getting on OneList.


Our tour bus has taken us north of London, primarily in Suffolk and Essex, where our Peach genealogy had its English beginnings. Since our trip is imaginary, pretend that you have gone south to London over the holidays and spent lots of money shopping and sightseeing and being entertained as only you can be in London.

Now we have traveled south of London to the county of Kent. We will spend some time while we are here visiting the spacious, historic, most charming Lullingstone Castle. This is the only castle that the Peche families ever owned. The others were all "held". The difference is that when you "hold" a castle, you are taking charge of it for the king or queen. Thus, when you are insubordinate, you can lose it all overnight. Also, you might also lose your head, quite literally, in the process.

However, SIR JOHN PECHE, was a wealthy businessman of London who had the desire and the finances to BUY his very own castle. As a result, it has remained in his family for over 600 years, never to be taken away from him. I call it the PEACH/PEACHEY CASTLE because it is the only one we can tour today and claim it as still ours.

If you want to know more about Lullingstone Castle, please let me know. However, I want to spend some time right now highlighting the beginnings of one of the Coats of Arms identified as those for Peachey. I quote from an article written by J. F. Huxford, when he reflects:

"The family of Peachey are possibly of the same stock as the ancient family of Peche (the last 'e' is accented), one branch of whom were the Lords of the Manor of Lullingstone in Kent. Successive Lords of the Manor were buried at Lullingstone church (on the grounds of Lullingstone Castle).

"Sir John (Peche), who died in 1522, described as the most splendid gentleman in King Henry's Court, was Warden of the Cinque Ports, Constable of Dover Castle and Lord Deputy of Calais." (Editor's note: The Warden of the Cinque Ports was one of the most powerful positions in England. Cinque is French for five. There are five major ports in England, referred to as the Cinque Ports. Before the age of the airplane, to attack England, one had to invade it by boat. The Warden was to assure these ports were protected from the enemy. By having control of all five of these ports, Sir John Peche was quite a powerful person. Concerning Dover Castle, we spent some time in Issue 14 on the background of the Peche who held that significant, majestic fortification).

"In West Sussex Peacheys owned lands at Ebernoe, north of Petworth, at West Dean, Chilgrove, Treyford and Binderton and were found in Chichester at an early date. In the mid-16th Century a LAMBERT PEACHEY was Vicar of Eartham and from him stemmed the Peacheys of West Dean.

"In 1736 HENRY PEACHEY, a Member of Parliament for Sussex, was created a Baronet (a most powerful position of nobility). His successor Sir JAMES (PEACHEY), who filled various positions at Court, was in 1794 raised to the peerage as Baron Selsey of Selsey in the County of Sussex (there again a most noble position).

"He build the house at West Dean, the largest flint built house in Sussex, which King Edward VII used to visit. Here in the church were the memorials of the Peacheys until it was destroyed by fire in 1934.

"Another branch of the family lived at Ebernoe, where EDWARD PEACHEY, who died in 1657, built the first house of Ebernoe, where in the 19th Century lived SQUIRE PEACHEY, who built the church there just over 100 years ago. He was a Justice of the Peace and a Master of Foxhounds (Editor's note: Wow!! To master the foxhounds must have been quite an honor).

"The arms of Peachey as granted in 1663 are blazoned: Azure, a lion rampant ermine, queue fourchee, ducally crowned or, on a canton of the last a mullet pierced gules."

In case you are wondering what that means, allow me to translate. It is: A blue shield with a lion in an attacking position, TAIL FORKED, with ermine skin, and with a red pierced star on a silver quarter. The hole in the star shows it as pierced.

I capitalized "TAIL FORKED" to emphasize something Guy Hart Dyke, present owner of Lullingstone Castle told us when we toured there in 1990. He said to each of those who married a Peach or Peachey and seemed proud of who they were just to remember they were identified in the past as "the ones with the FORKED TAIL." All the spouses of the Peaches were overjoyed about thinking of their mates as the "FORKED TAIL" people. Anyway, getting back to the original article and back to being serious.

"The arms of the Lullingstone family of Peche had no canton, but it appears that when the later arms were granted, a probable connection with the ancient family was recognized by the addition of the canton to the original arms."

The canton was the silver square placed on the upper left side of the arms. What Huxford is saying is that by seeing the Peachey lion on the arms identified it as being from Lullingstone. By the Barons Selsey adding the canton to it shows they must have descended from the Lullingstone Peche.

This is quite a significant coat of arms in several ways. First, it is similar to that of Prince Philip. His "is a lion rampant queue fourchee ducally crowned or gorged with a naval crown azure."

Also, on the cans of Lowenbrau beer were once displayed the Lowenbrau arms. (Since I don't drink, I have no idea at what period these appeared and if they are still on them. Or even if the company still exists). However, for whatever it's worth, I will quote what was sent to me by LOU PEACHEY, one of our tour members, about this. He also sent me the article I have been quoting from J. F. Huxford. Thanks so much, Lou, of the western U.S.

"The Lowenbrau coat of arms comes from a royal continental family whose origination had to be the same as that of the Sussex families. Both are of a rampant lion with a forked tail and forepaws similiarly outstretched. Names might change in spelling, but a coat of arms remains positive identification of family."

That is the reason you will hear me emphasizing the arms. They show "positive identification of family" regardless of how its members change their names.

You can see the Lullingstone and Selsey arms displayed and discussed on pages 52 and 53 of THE PEACH/PEACHEY MIGRATIONS. If you need a copy, just let me know. You will never be able to understand how all the Peach/Peacheys of England are related without an understanding of the differences in their 47 various coats of arms.

Next, we head west to what is called in England, "The West Country". Particularly, we will be visiting the counties of Somerset, home of PAUL PEACH's (of New Zealand) roots and Dorset, home of our Marblehead descendants on board. I have begun my book on the Marblehead Branch and will spend some time identifying the relationships of the ancestors of JOHN PEACH, Jr. who started the Marblehead Branch.

So stay onboard for the tour of a lifetime. I am sincerely yours, John H. Peach.

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