The Ashe Arms

The Ashe Arms

ESSE ASHE D’ESSECOURT

Essye Esshe Ayshe Aisshe Ashe


 

The 1958 Edition of Burke’s “Landed Gentry of Ireland” describes the Ashe Arms as follows:

Quarterly of six: 1st and 6th, arg. (silver) two chevronels sa. (black) for ASHE;

Crest – A cockatrice or (gold), crested, armed (spurs on legs) & c. gu (red);

Mottos – Above the shield, “Fight”. Below, “Non nobis sed omnibus”

(Not for ourselves but for everyone)

A number of other books make reference to the arms of the various branches of the Ashe family, as follows:

John Burke & John Bernard Burke, Heraldic Illustrations, comprising the armorial bearings of the principal families of the Empire (1844)
Ashe, of Ashfield, co. Meath
Lieutenant-Colonel William Wellesley Ashe, of Ashfield, is Representative of the ancient Devonshire family of Ashe or Esse, which was established in England temp. William the Conqueror; and, as such, bears a shield of six quarterings.
Arms: Quarterly, first, ar. two chevronels sa. for Ashe. Second, vert, a lion ramp. ar. for Fornyson. Third, gu. a cross erm. Fourth, Ar. a bend and three mullets in chief sa. Fifth, gu. a fesse vair ar. and az. betw. in chief a bezant, charged with an anchor sa. betw two stars or. and in base three mullets, two and one, of the last, for Bailey.
Crest: A cockatrice or. crested, armed, &c. gu.
Mottoes: Above the Crest, Fight.   Below, Non nobis sed omnibus

John Burke and John Bernard Burke, Encyclopaedia of Heraldry, or General Armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1847)
ASHE (Ashfield co Meatb originally D’Esse of Clyst Fornyson, co. Devon, settled in England at the Conquest and removed to Ireland in the reign of Elizabeth. Its representative is the present Lieut-Colonel William Wellesley Ashe of Ashfield. Sir Joseph Ashe of Twickenham, the descendant of a younger branch of the family, was created a baronet in 1660). Ar. two chevronels sa. Crest — A cockatrice or combed and wattled gu. Mottoes — Above the shield “Fight”, below “Non nobis sed omnibus”.
ASHE (Freshford, co. Somerset, Fifefield, Heytesbury, and Langley Burrell, Wiltshire, and of Ashgrove, co. Limerick. All descended from the Ashes of Clyst Fornyson, co. Devon). Same Arms, Crest, and Motto.
ASHE (Somersetshire). Ar. a fesse az. over all a saltire gu.
ASHE. Or a fesse ax. over all a saltire gu. charged with a mullet of the field.
ASHE. Ar. a saltire and fesse gu.
ASHE. Or. a saltire gu. and over all a fesse sa.
ASHE. Ar. a saltire gu. and fesse az.
ASHE. Az. three mews ar. beaked and membered gu.
ASHE, or ESHE (Sowton, Devonshire, settled there temp. Edward III.; the last male heir, Henry Ashe, esq. died in 1763). Ar. two chev. sa. Crest — A cockatrice close or, legged and beaked gu.
ESSE (Esse Ralph; the parent stock from which derived the numerous family of Ashe, co. Devon). Ar. two chev. sa. on each a mullet of the field.
ESSE or ASHE (Sowton, co. Devon, and Somersetshire). Ar. two chev. sa.
ESSE. Ar. two chev. sa. on each a mullet or. Crest — A cock or beaked gu.

William Berry, Encyclopaedia Heraldica, or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry, Vol.II (1828)
ASHE, (Sir Joseph Bart. Twickenham Middlesex) ar. two chev. sa. — Crest, a cockatrice or, combed and wattled gu.
Ashe, (Somersetshire) ar. a fesse az. over all a saltier gu.
Ashe, or. a fesse az. over all a saltier gu. charged with a mullet of the field.
Ashe, ar. a saltier and fesse gu.
Ashe, ar. a saltier gu. and fesse az.
Ashe, or. a saltier gu. over all a fesse sa.
Ashe, az. three mews ar. beaked and membered gu.
Ashe or Eshe, (Devon, 1613) ar. two chev. sa. each charged with a trefoil slipped or. — Crest, a cockatrice close ar, charged on the breast with a trefoil slipped gu.
ASHE or AYSHE, (South Petherton, Somersetshire). The same Arms and Crest as the first of that name in the Dictionary. (Granted by Cook Clarencieux).
Ashe, The same Arms. — Crest, a cockatrice ppr, (Borne by the Rev. Robert Ashe, Rector of Langley Burrell, Wiltshire, 1824).
Ashe, or Eshe, ar. two chev. sa.
Ashe, gu. a chev. ar.
ESSE or ASHE, (Somersetshire and Sowton, Devonshire). ar. two chev. sa.
Esse, (Devonshire). ar. two chev. sa. on each a mullet of the field.

The Book of Family Crests, Vol. II
ASHE, a cockatrice or combed and wattled gu.
ASHE (of Ashfield), Iri., a cockatrice or crested armed &c gu. Non nobis sed omnibus.
ESSE, a cockatrice or beaked gu.

Sir Bernard Burke, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales (1864)
Ashe, or Eshe (Sowton, Devonshire, settled there temp. Edward III; the last direct male heir, Henry Ashe, Esq. d. in 1763). Ar. two chev. sa. Crest — A cockatrice close or, legged and beaked gu.
Ashe or Esse (co. Devon, confirmed by Camden, Clarenceux, December 1613). Ar. two chev. sa. each charged with a trefoil slipped or. Crest — A cockatrice ar. charged on the breast with a trefoil slipped gu.
Ashe. (Freshford, co. Somerset, Fifefield, Heytesbury, and Langley Burrell, Wiltshire, and Ashgrove, co. Limerick, all descended from the Ashes of co. Devon). Same Arms, Crest, and Motto.
Ashe (Ashfleld, co. Meath). Ar. two chevronels sa. Crest — A cockatrice or, combed and wattled gu. Mottoes — Above the shield “Fight”: below “Non nobis sed omnibus”.
Ashe (Somersetshire). Ar. a fesse az. over all a saltire gu.
Ashe. Or. a fesse az. over all a saltire gu. charged with a mullet of the field.
Ashe. Az. three mews ar. beaked and membered gu.
Ashe (Sowton, alias Clist Fornizon, co. Devon, and Petherton, co. Somerset; William Ashe of South Petherton, temp. James I, ninth in descent from Sir Oliver de Esse, temp. Edward II, whose second son, Henry Ashe, m. dau. and heir of Richard Fornizon, Lord of the Manor Fornizon. Visit. Somerset 1623). Quarterly, 1st, ar. chev. sa.; 2nd, vert a lion ramp. ar.; 3rd, gu. a cross erm.; 4th, sa. a fesse ar. in chief two mullets of the last.
Esse (the parent stock from which derived the numerous family of Ashe, co. Devon). Ar. two chev. sa. on each a mullet of the field. Crest — A cock or beaked gu.
Esse, or Ashe (Sowton, co. Devon, and co. Somerset). Same Arms.
Esse, (quartered by Berry of Croscombe and Chittlehampton, co. Devon). Visit. 1620 Same Arms.

Thomas Robson, The British Herald, or Armorial Bearings of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland: Vol.I (1830)
ASHE, (Twickenham, Midd.) ar. two chev. sa. — Crest, a cockatrice or combed and wattled gu.
Ashe, (Somers.) ar. a fesse az. over all a saltier gu.
Ashe, or. a fesse az. over all a saltier gu. charged with a mullet of the field.
Ashe, ar. a saltier and fesse gu.
Ashe, or. a saltier gu. and over all a fesse sa.
Ashe, ar. a saltier gu. and fesse az.
Ashe, az. three mews ar. beaked and membered gu.
Ashe or Eshe, (Devons. 1613) ar. two chev. sa. each charged with a trefoil slipped or. — Crest, a cockatrice close ar. charged on the breast with a trefoil slipped gu.
ESSE, (Devons.). ar. two chev. sa. on each a mullet of the field.
Esse, or Ashe (Sowton, Devons. and Somers.) ar. two chev. sa.
Esse, ar. two chev. sa. on each a mullet or. — Crest, a cock or. beaked gu.

James Fairbairn and Laurence Butters, Fairbairns Crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland: Text, Volume 1 (1860)
ASH of Ashbrook, Ireland, a squirrel, non nobis sed omnibus.
ASHE, Twickenham, Middx. Bart., a cockatrice or. combed and wattled gu.
ASHE, William Wellesley, Esq. of Ashfield co. Meath, a cockatrice or. crested, wattled, and armed gu. Above shield — Fight; below — Non nobis sed omnibus.
ASHE or ESHE, Devons. a cockatrice, ar. charged on breast with a trefoil slipped, gu.
ASHE, Iri., and Wilts., a cockatrice, or. crested and armed gu. Non nobis sed omnibus.
ESSE, Eng. a cockatrice, or, beaked gu.
ESSE, Devons. a mortar-piece, ppr.

We are fortunate to have in the family a wooden carving of the Ashe Arms. I believe it was commissioned by my grandfather, the Rev. Robert Pickering Ashe, who passed it on to my father, the Rev. Pat Ashe, who gave it to me, and I have passed it on to my son, Peter Ashe. It shows the motto, the cockatrice, and the crest:

Ashe Arms carving