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Family Heirloom, Coat of Arms, England, 1785
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Now a California Family Heirloom hanging on our wall.
We have had this in our family since at least the 1950's.
My father most likely acquired it at a second-hand shop in Oakland, California.
Parker Lord - Arms Front
01. Parker Lord Boringdon's Coat of Arms, 1785
 
The family motto is "Fidelia Certa Merces"
The bottom text reads "1307 ... 1785"
The title was awarded by King George III on May 17, 1784
Size 20" x 18" (51cm x 46cm)
Parker Lord - Book Brydges
02. From "A Biographical Peerage of the Empire of Great Britain"
 
by Egerton Brydges (from Google Books).
Parker Lord - Book Smollett
03. From "The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature"
 
By Tobias George Smollett, 1784 (from Google Books).
Parker Lord - Portrait
04. Portrait of John Parker, Lord Boringdon, by Sir Joshua Reynolds
 
The painting still hangs in Saltram House, Plympton, Devon (from http://uk.encarta.msn.com)
John Parker, 1st Baron Boringdon of Boringdon:
 
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.
The backside:
 
Parker Lord - Arms Back
05. The back of the coat of arms
New information about John Parker, received April 20, 2011:
 
Parker Lord - Morley Pub
06. 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.