Sir John DE HOLCOMBE

Male Abt 1175 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Prefix  Sir 
    Birth  Abt 1175 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I23112  Carney Genealogy
    Last Modified  5 Feb 2012 

    Father  Walter DE HOLCOMBE,   b. 1156,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F10695  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. Thomas DE HOLCOMBE,   b. 1199,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  22 May 2011 
    Family ID  F10694  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • BIOGRAPHY: Sir John de Holcombe was knighted by Richard I (The Lion Heart) for deeds accomplished during the third crusade. Sir John beheaded three Turks with one sword swipe. BIOGRAPHY: Sir John's coat of arms, one of the oldest coats of arms in England, are as follows; Azure field; a chevron argent, between three Turk's heads in profile, couped at the shoulder, wreathed about the temples, sabled and of the second. The crest is a mans head, full faced, couped at the breast proper, wreathed around the temples. BURIAL: Sir John's tomb is the oldest likeness we have of any family member. He is buried in Oxfordshire, England, in the Dorchester Abbey. In recent years a family of that area has hired a researcher to prove that an ancestor of theirs lies in his well known sarchophagus rather than Sir John. Their claim rests primarily on an amateur researcher having been unable to decipher the numbering system used by another researcher (in the 1940's) to trace Sir John's decendants. A task which requires the ability to add and subtract. The argument being used is along the line of 'Lacking absolute proof acceptable to the detractor that it is indeed Sir John in the box, it is a member of his employer's family'. A rather weak trumpery that relies on a lack of opposition to carry it along. It was a great bit of good luck that family data carried to Australia by the descendants of Christopher Holcombe (elder brother of Gilbert Holcombe) and the now missing family pedigree which hung behind the sarchohagus in the Ladychapel were found in 1995 to form a whole.