The USA Connection
Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations: Part 22
George Washington: The First President of the United States of America
The Washington family name was inherited from the name of the property of which the family assumed ownership in 1183. The Ancestor of George Washington who assumed ownership of the lands of Washington was William de Hertburn. He was a knight whose ancestors fought alongside William the Conqueror. He was not English; he was of Norman descent. Hertburn Gardens is named after him. The Washington lands previously belonged to the Bishop of Durham but he exchanged them for the Hertburn lands in Stockton. This is how William of Hertburn became known as William of Washington.
After the Battle of Shadon's Hill it would be logical that William would install one of his fellow countrymen in a nearby locality to quell the natives and prevent further insurrections. Washington Village would have been the ideal location.
The Coat of Arms adopted by William de Wassington reflects his position and status of a knight. It comprises three red five-pointed stars and two red banners, in the horizontal position, on a white background. Originally however the background was silver. Heraldry in the form of standards dates back to the Ancient Egyptians as early as 4468BC. (See Part 12) The introduction of heraldry into England is credited to William I after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Originally the shields are believed to have been a single colour but as the custom grew more popular a second colour was introduced. The very early composition of the Washington Coat of Arms is reflected in its use of only two colours.
argent, two bar and in
chief three mullets gules.
white, two bar and in
chief three mullets red.
There were certain basic rules which had to be followed in the design of an emblazonment. Metal must not be set upon metal; for example a gold star on a silver background was forbidden. A colour must not be assigned on top of another colour; for example red upon white was forbidden. The metal and the colour must be incorporated into the design. Over the centuries yellow and white replaced the gold and silver.
In heraldic terms the Washington Coat of Arms was created soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066. This is borne out by the fact that only argent and gules were used in its composition. The field is argent, and the two bar charge is gules. The secondary charge in the chief, comprising three mullets, is also gules.
was based on the Coat of Arms of the George Washington whose
ancestors hailed from Washington Village, Tyne-Wear.
Commemoration of the USA/ Washington Connection
The Washington Arms pub at the Village Green
in 1987 was very proudly displaying a portrait of
George Washington, First President of the United States of America.
The march-past of the Washington Greys in 1977 drew big crowds.
Members of the US Forces preparing to raise the "Stars and Stripes"
at the Washington Old Hall, 4th July 1987.
Following the raising of the "Stars and Stripes", which was a very emotional experience, the "Washington Presidents" also took part in the celebrations.
Everyone was curious about their padding.
Finally the activities concluded on a British note with a terrific performance by the Morris Dancers.
The activities concluded on an English note:
the Morris Dancers attracted everyone's attention
at the July 4th 1987 celebrations.
Footnote … subtle references to Freemasonry are intentional.
Copyright Audrey Fletcher 1999
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