Chichester family genealogy

Arms: Chequy or and gu. a chief vair a crescent for diff. Crest: A heron ppr. wings expanded, holding in the beak a snake also ppr. Supporters: Two wolves gu. ducally gorged and chained or. Motto: Honor sequitur fugientem; and Invitum sequitur Honor.

John Chichester, Milés, married Gertrude, dau. of William Courtney, Milés, and had:

  1. Edward, of whom presently.
  2. Arthur Milés, erat Sergeant-Major; created Lord Chichester and Baron[1] of Belfast on the 23rd Feb., 1612; he died in London in 1624, and was bur. in St. Nich., Carrickfergus, on the 24th Oct., 1625. He m. Letitia, dau. of John Perrott, Milés, ob. 27th Nov., 1620, Knt., and had:
    1. Arthur, b. 22nd Sept., and d. 30th Oct., 1606.
  3. Sir John,[2] Milés, Sergeant-Major, third son of John.

2. Edward: eldest son of John: was twice m. “Fratri successit, Ld. Chichester, Baron of Belfast. D. at Westm., 1st Apl., 1625. (Alias Vic. Chich. de Carrickfergus) et Gubernator de Carrickfergus 12th Oct., 1629.” We have not ascertained the name of Edward’s first wife; but his second wife was An., dau. and co-heir of John Copleston, of Eglesford, by whom he had two sons:

  1. Arthur, of whom presently.
  2. John (Subversus), who m. Maria, dau. of Roger Jones, Visct. Ranelagh, and had two sons and one daughter:
    1. John, who had John, Maria, An., Eliza.
    2. Arthur, who had:—1. John; 2. Arthur, who m. and had Kathleen.
    3. Eliza: dau. of John and Maria Jones; m. John Cole, of Newland, Bart., county Dublin.

3. Arthur, Visct. Chichester: son of Edward; created Earl of Donegal, 1646. Thrice m.: by his first wife he had Maria; by his second wife he had—1. Arthur, 2. Edward, 3. John, 4. Digby, 5. James, 6. Beatrice; and by his third wife he he had two sons and two daughters:

  1. William, Lord Chichester.
  2. John, C. of Gowran.
  3. Anna.
  4. Letitia.


[1] Baron: In 1614, while Lord Chichester, Baron of Belfast, was Lord Deputy, the Harp of Ireland was first marshalled with the Arms of England, on the coinage.

[2] John: Sir John Chichester, who was governor of Carrickfergus, was taken prisoner and beheaded on the 4th November, 1597, in an expedition against the MacDonnells, under the command of James MacDonnell, afterwards Earl of Antrim.