Yeo Heraldry


This is the Yeo Coat of Arms and the other arms the main family were allowed to quarter in the 1500's. These arms then passed on into the Rolle family, when Margaret, the daughter of Robert Yeo and Mary Fortescue married Henry Rolle

This coat of arms was granted to William atte Yeo in 1346, by King Edward 111

By 1620 when the visitations (proof of a family's right to arms) were registered, the Yeo family were eligible to quarter another five shields by marrying heiresses

1. Satchville, 2. Esse, 3. Pyne, 4. Jewe and 5. Brightley


Evidence of the correct Coat of Arms in local churches




William atte Yeo probably applied for these arms to be quartered with his. The true line of descent is unknown, but because arms could only be passed on through the paternal line and his father didn't possess a coat of arms, then it is possible that his mother was a Satchville and William requested that he be allowed to quarter his mother's arms.



William atte Yeo married Anne Esse (or Ayshe). Ann was an heiress and she brought into the Yeo family properties in West Anstey in South Molton



William's grandson, Robert Yeo, married Joan Pyne. She was an heiress and brought into the Yeo family the manor of Bradwylle. Joan's first marriage was to Sir William Brightley.



Robert's son John Yeo, married a co-heiress, Alice Jewe. Her sister Joan married Edward St John, and their only daughter, Joan, married Nicholas Arundell of Trerice. The Arundells and Yeos shared the inheritance of many properties, including the manor of Cotleigh and numerous properties in Devon and Somerset such as Cheeswaye, Spelcombe, Cullabeare, Clive, Holcome beside Crediton, Poltimore, Northcote. and lands and tenements in Exeter, Colyford, Seaton, Plymouth etc.



These are the arms that have caused many historians to place a Brightley/Yeo marriage in the pedigree. However if the order of the arms are correct then these arms would have been brought in through the Jewe family and possibly Alice's mother was a Brightley. They also appear in the same order in the Rolle visitations where there is a full description of each shield.

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