The Coat of Arms
Sable, a Chevron Or Between Three Dovecotes Argent with Goat’s Head Erased
Terms in heraldry : Sable -
Technically this is not “A Shapcott Family Coat of Arms” as a Coat of Arms is registered to a person not a family.
Therefore only the direct descendants of that person is entitled to use it.
The first Shapcott to use it was Sir John, Sheriff of Devon, and can be found on a stained glass window in Bampton Church.
It is identical to the one shown but without the chevron.
In 1620, Thomas Shapcote also wanted one but the College of Arms refused to let him use the original, even though he was a member of the family.
Thomas was not a direct descendant so he added the chevron. It now became a completely new Coat of Arms and was registered as such.
A note of thanks to late Peter Shapcott of New Zealand, who helped to clarify this issue.
He was the Archivist of the Heraldry Society (New Zealand Branch)