The first Duke of Marlborough's father - Winston Churchill, was a royalist and in the civil war a staunch supporter of the King. As a consequence he lost his home and lands.
When Charles II came to the throne he created many of those loyal to him to Knights with the right to bear Arms (Coats of Arms). What he did not do was to recompense them for their losses.
Thus the newly created Sir Winston Churchill chose the motto
"Faithful though disinherited."
Mr Paul Duffle (Blenheim Palace archivist of 27 years) and the author Mr David Green - who wrote the definitive work 'Blenheim' (Collins, 1974), and also Dr A.L.Rowse in his book 'The early Churchills. An English family'. (Macmillan, 1956), and his subsequent book, 'The later Churchills',(Macmillan, 1958), and Kate Fleming, who wrote the book 'The Churchills'. (Weidenfield and Nicolson, 1975), all tried to find an answer to why the motto was in Spanish and not Latin.
Not even Garter King of Arms (College of Arms) could help them.
Mr Paul Duffle writes to us . . . 'Spanish was not the language of the Court nor of the Church. . . . maybe the Spanish words were the most apt sounding . . . for example consider the expression que sera sera - 'whatever will be, will be' . . . this is in Spanish. Why? Because it sounds better than in say Latin, French or German ?
Churchill's Coat of Arms.
In view of the extraordinary interest shown in in them
we have added to this section the following pages:-
The Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Garter
and how Churchill came to receive it.
Heraldry A few notes.
A St George's Day Message.
St George's Day Speech The late Rt Hon Enoch Powell's famous 1961 speech
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LINK A most interesting and authoritative LINK re St George.
The English Honours System
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