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The Arms and Crest
of the Carey Family

The Arms and Crest were first registered by the English branch, namely the Cary family of Devon / Somerset with the Heralds College in 1531. Within fifty years, the arms were noted in use in Guernsey, in documents borne by Nicolas Careye (A26) as Lieutenant of Thomas Wygmore, Bailiff of Guernsey, dated 1582.

The Arms and Crest of the Guernsey Carey branch were registered with the College of Arms, London on 11 November 1915 by William Wilfred Carey, in common with the English Carey / Cary's.

The registration approved and confirmed the use of the Arms by all descendants of the Guernsey branch as well as the English branch with the Guernsey branch naming a Crescent Sable in the shield to differentiate between the two branches.

The Carey Motto
'Sine Macula'
blemish / stain'


Registered 11 November 1915

The Carey Crest

Registered as follows:

'Argent on a bend Sable three roses of the first barbed and seeded proper in the sinister chief point a Crescent Sable'.
And for the crest on a wreath of the colours, ' A swan Argent wings endorsed charged on the body with a crescent as in the Arms.'

To be borne and used (in lieu and in substitution of those heretofore granted and confirmed) by him the said William Wilfred Carey and his descendants and by the other descendants of his Ancestor Jean Careye who was living A.D. 1393 with due and proper differences according to the Laws of Arms.


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Noted in Remarkable Antiquities of the City of Exeter, originally collected by Richard Tyzacke Esq., heretofore Chamberlain thereof; and now improved and continued to the Year 1724, by Samuel Tyzacke Esq., the present Chamberlain, 3rd edition, 1731, pp.71 and 72 - we find the legendary account of how the Cary Family came to acquire the Arms:

'This justicier (Sir John Cary) had a numerous issue, amongst whom Sir Robert Cary, knight, the true image of his father, not only as Virgil said of Ascanius, resembling his Father, Aeneas, in countenance - sic oculos, sic ille manus, sic ora ferebat - but rather in virtues of Wisdom and Fortitude, for in skill of Arms, ( which was not his fathers profession ), he excelled, procuring thereby such favour of King Henry the Fifth, when in the beginning of which King's Reign (A.D.1413) , a Knight named Argonise, who in divers Countries for his Honour had performed many noble Achievements, at length visited England, and challenged many persons of his Rank and Quality, to make trial of his skill in Arms, which the said Sir Robert Cary accepted, between whom was waged a cruel encounter and a long and doubtful combat in Smith-field, London; where this Mars vanquished this Argonise, for which he was by the King Knighted, and restored to part of his Father's inheritance; and by the Law of Heraldry, whosoever fairly in the Field conquered his Adversary, may fortify the wearing and bearing of his Arms whom he overcame, and accordingly he takes on him, the Coat Armoury of the said Argonise, being Argent on a bend Sable, Three Roses of the First, and ever since born by the name of Cary, whose ancient Coat of Armoury I find to be, Gules, a chevron between three swans proper, one thereof they still retain in their crest.'