Mx Family Crest
This beautiful stained-glass window is located at Croxteth Hall in Lancashire, ancestral
home of the Lancaster (Sefton) Molyneux. The window is in the 1874 wing of the hall
situated in the Dining Room. The coat of Arms is of the 4th Earl who was responsible
for the 1874 additions to the building. The Arms incorporated on the right side
of the quarter contain the arms of the 4th Countess Cecil Emily Joliffe, daughter
of Baron Hylton*. According to Burke the crest for the Sefton Molyneux is "Azure,
a cross moline or. Crest: A chapeau gules turned up ermine adorned with a plume
of peacock feathers proper. Supporters: Two lions azure. Motto: Vivere sat vincere.
(Translated as either To conquer is to live enough or To live is conquering enough)."
It was probably used by the Molyneux family from about the time of Edward the first.
Burke's "General Armory" lists more than 25 coats of arms pertaining to the names:
Molyneux, Molineux, Molines, Molynes, Mullines, & Mullins. All of them relate to
Norman/French families, & most to the Molyneux, or Molineaux, who left Molineaux-sur-Seine
to participate in the Norman invasion of England in 1066 AD. *As per e-mail from
Ms. Julia Carder, rep. Croxteth Country Park, May 5, 2009
The Molyneux arms are azure, a cross moline, quarter pierced, or; those of the Teversal
branch being almost invariably quartered with the coat of the Greenhalgh, of Teversal,
through which family the estate was acquired. In like manner, the branch of Molyneux,
Hawkeley, Co. Lancaster, springing from Thomas, second son of Sir Richard Molyneux,
of Sefton, always quartered with their own the arms of Ince, of Hawkeley, Alan Molyneux
having acquired that property through his marriage with the daughter and heiress
of Gilbert Ince, of Hawkeley.
In 1567 ten generations of the Molyneuxes had been seated at Hawkeley, the representative
at that time being Thomas Molyneux, Esq. The family appear to have resided there
down to 1805, in which year the death is recorded, at Lymm Parsonage, of Bryan William
Molineux, of Hawkeley Hall, Lancashire. The hall, a very ancient half-timbered structure
embosomed in a dark wood, existed in 1836 as a farmhouse, but ruinous and dilapidated.
In the windows of Wigan Church, circa 1590, were depicted two shields of the arms
of Molyneux, of Hawkeley,—azure, a cross moline, or, not pierced. In Warrington
churchyard is a tomb of this family, with a boldly carved coat of arms, crest, helm,
and mantling. The arms display the cross moline, pierced, with a mullet in dexter
chief; the crest being the plume of peacock's feathers on a cap of maintenance.
The inscription is as follows:—“Here lyeth the body of William Molyneux, of Hawkeley,
Gentleman, who Departed this Life the 17th of February, 1697. Thomas Molyneux, Son
of William Molyneux, of Hawkeley, Departed this Life the 28th of October, 1682.”
“Richard Molineux, of Hawkeley, Gent., Died July 4th, 1748, Aged 47. Elizabeth,
his wife, Died June 11th, 1767, Aged 42. Also, Mary, their Daughter, Died 28th November,
1775, Aged 42.”
A shield of Molineux, of Sefton, with sixteen quarterings, occurs on an armorial
panel painting of the sixteenth century, preserved in the Warrington Museum.
Thomas Molyneux, Justice of Chester 22nd Richard II., second son of Sir Richard
Molyneux, of Sefton, distinguished his coat armor by bearing azure, a chevron between
three crosses moline, or. Roger, son of Adam Molyneux, bore the cross moline, argent.
This coat was formerly to be seen emblazoned in the windows of All Saint's Church,
Coat of Arms Usage Guidelines
By UK006 Clive
Here is a statement issued some years ago by the American Board for Certification
"If your male line immigrant ancestor from England was entitled to use a coat of
arms, then you have a right under English law to use this same coat of arms. If
he had no such right, then neither do you (unless you buy a grant of arms for yourself
from the College of Arms). Thus, to establish the right under English (or German,
French, Swiss, etc.) law to a coat of arms, it is necessary to prove your uninterrupted
male line descent from someone who is legally entitled to use this coat armor. No
"heraldry institute" or "heraldic artist" can look up a surname and provide the
correct arms for you without first proving your descent. If they say they can do
so, then they are guilty of fraud."
There is nothing to stop you from buying a coat of arms and use it to 'decorate'
your group. However, you cannot claim it as your own unless you can prove, conclusively,
that you have direct descent to the family those arms represent.
In other words, you cannot put them on official documents etc. and claim that you
are the Earl of 'whatever' without that proof. Just because you share the same surname
is not proof enough.
Within my own name, I know of several Molyneux families with their own arms, the
most well known being the Earls of Sefton. You will not believe the number of times
I have to tell my fellow Molyneuxs, that just because they share the same surname
as the Earl, does not mean that they can claim direct descent and use his arms without
To Quote from the American Heraldry Society "The enthusiasm for heraldry worldwide
is so high that many businesses have sprung up to sell “surname” coats of arms to
thousands of people each year. Unfortunately, in the vast majority of cases customers
have no direct ancestral connection to the owners of the arms and are buying someone
else's property -- just as if they purchased someone else's ancestry."
The arms that decorate this group, are for decorative purposes only and we make
no claim of ownership.
Photo of Molyneaux (Sefton) Coat of Arms in Stained-Glass: (Provided courtesy of
Frances Borg at
Other renditions shown above are the arms of two major British Mx families, the Sefton
arms and the Castle Dillon arms, respectively. (From John Burke's A General
and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire, Vol.
2, H. Colburn & R. Bentley, 1832).