Sir John Holcombe

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Sir John Holcombe
Name: John Holcombe
Sex: M
Title: Sir
Birth: ABT 1290 in Hull, Devon County, England
Death: 1320
He was a Knight John Holcombe is the first to be mentioned in the Visitations of England. He served in the War of the Crusades, to Palestine, indications being that he participated in two of the Crusades. During the third Crusade, while in battle with one mighty sweep of his sword he severed the heads of three Mohammedans. this explains the significance of the four heads on the Coat of Arms which was bestowed upon him when hew was meritoriously knighted for this deed of valor by King Richard in the latter part of the 11 century. The Heraldic Office describes the Holcombe Arms as follows: Azure field; Chevron, argent, between three Turks heads in profile, couped at shoulders, wreathed about the temples, sable and of the second. The Crest is of a man 39;s head, full faced couped at the breast proper, wreath around the temples or, and azure.The motto Veritas et fortitudo" in English is ;Truth and Courage Sir John Holcombe is buried in the old Abbey Church of Dorchester, England, which is one of the oldest Abbies in England
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