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The arms and crest shown above left, a lion sejant gardant sa., ducally crowned or, langued gu., are those of the Burrowes of Stradone House, Co. Cavan Ireland. The Burrowes formerly of Ferensboro' uses these arms and crest, but the lions are crowned with a coronet of a count, rather than ducally crowned. The arms in the middle, a lion sejant guardant or, mural coronet or, are those of the Borrowes of Gilltown Co. Cork, Ireland. The crest on the right , a lion sejant arg., ducally crowned or., also has a version without the ducal coronet. Fairbairn's lists this crest, but does not attribute it to a particular Burrowes family. An old copy of Burke's Landed Gentry gives this as the crest of the Borrowes of Cork Ire., but later copies changed this to the center crest. It appears on a silver rose bowl given to H.A.N. Burrowes and his Wife Emily on their 25th wedding anniversary, by their children (and the Family is said to be "of Cork")
The coat of arms is a variant of the De Burgh Arms. The name Burrough(es), Burrow(es), Borrough(es), Borrow(es), Burke, Bourke... are branches of the De Burghs (Burgh: In France is a walled city, in Scotland a borough (hence Buroughes)). The De Burgh arms, Or. a cross gu., in the first quarter a lion Rampant sa., were said to have been conferred on Baldwin de Burgh by Richard Couer de Lion during the Crusades after Baldwin had killed a saracen chief. Richard is said to have painted the red cross on Baldwins shield in the saracen's blood saying "these be thine arms forever". - Historia et Genealogia Familiae de Burgo - "and Baldwin de Burgh took the sovereignty of the saracens and shed their blood profusely, and killed the King, and the Egyptians fell in great numbers by him". Even if not true, the cross could well date from the crusades.
All these Burrowes lines have the same motto which translates:- By Reason (virtue), not Force.
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