John Parker, Lord Boringdon, and his son the Earl of Morley
This item is a California Family Heirloom hanging on our wall.
We have had it since at least the 1950's.
My father most likely acquired it at a second-hand shop in Oakland, California.
It has the date 1785 which might be a date of manufacture as the noble title was given or created
by King George III on May 17, 1784.
1. Parker Lord Boringdon's Coat of Arms, 1785
The family motto is "Fidelia Certa Merces" ("To the faithful there is certain reward")
The bottom text reads 1307 and 1785
The size is 20 x 18 inches (51 x 46 cm)
Information on John Parker, Lord Borington:
2. From "A Biographical Peerage of the Empire of Great Britain"
by Egerton Brydges (from Google Books).
Another note about John Parker, Lord Borington:
3. From "The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature"
By Tobias George Smollett, 1784 (from Google Books).
John Parker, 1st Baron Boringdon of Boringdon (1735-1788):
4. Portrait of John Parker, Lord Boringdon, by Sir Joshua Reynolds
The painting still hangs in Saltram House, Plympton, Devon (From UK National Trust Images)
John Parker, 1st Baron Boringdon of Boringdon was born circa 1735 at Saltram, Devon, England.
He was the son of John Parker and Catherine Poulett.
He married, firstly, Frances Hort, daughter of Most Reverend Josiah Hort and Elizabeth FitzMaurice,
on 10 January 1764.
He married, secondly, Hon. Theresa Robinson, daughter of Thomas Robinson,
1st Baron Grantham and Frances Worsley, on 18 May 1769 at Twickenham, Middlesex, England.
He died on 27 April 1788 at Devon, England.
John Parker, 1st Baron Boringdon of Boringdon matriculated at Christ Church College,
Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, on 23 October 1753.
He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Bodmin between 1761 and 1762.
He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Devon between 1762 and 1784.
He was created 1st Baron Boringdon of Boringdon, co. Devon [Great Britain] on 17 May 1784.
John Parker and Frances had a son, John Parker, 1st Earl of Morley.
John Parker, 1st Earl of Morley (1772-1840):
5. Portrait of John Parker, Earl of Morley, by Thomas Phillips
(From UK National Trust Images)
John Parker, 1st Earl of Morley was born on 3 May 1772.
He was the son of John Parker, 1st Baron Boringdon of Boringdon and Hon. Theresa Robinson.
He married, firstly, Lady Augusta Fane, daughter of John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland and
Sarah Anne Child, on 20 June 1804.
He and Lady Augusta Fane were divorced on 14 February 1809 by Act of Parliament.
He married, secondly, Frances Talbot, daughter of Thomas Talbot, on 23 August 1809.
He died on 14 March 1840 at age 67.
He succeeded to the title of 2nd Baron Boringdon of Boringdon, co. Devon on 27 April 1788.
He was invested as a Fellow, Royal Society (F.R.S.) in 1795.
He was educated in 1799 at Christ Church, Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England,
Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.).
He was created 1st Viscount Boringdon of North Molton, co. Devon [U.K.] on 29 November 1815.
He was created 1st Earl of Morley, co. Devon [U.K.] on 29 November 1815.
The back side of the item:
6. The back of the coat of arms
New information about John Parker, received April 20, 2011:
7. This coat of arms hangs in the bar of the Morley Arms Pub in Plymouth UK
John Parker was Lord Boringdon and the first Earl of Morley, and commissioned
the building of the Morley Arms in 1824.