Bakers of Buckland Society

"I now come to write about the branch of the stock from which I myself more immediately descended," S.J. Baker

English Coat of Arms

Descendants of Henry Baker I are sometimes referred to as “the line of the Isle of Wight and Nansemond Virginia Bakers.” (Read more here)

Based upon the records in “College of Arms’, Visitation of Kent 1634, the line of the Isle of Wight and Nansemond Virginia Bakers is assumed to descend from John Baker of Groombridge (2nd son of Robert Baker of Gilderidge House in Withyham).

The Baker family continues to search for further evidence of this English connection.

Reference from the College of Arms’, Visitation of Kent 1634:

A castle with three keys on the shield is associated with the Bakers of Battel Coat of Arms.  Although the castle and three keys remains consistent, the Crest varies among the descendants of the Bakers of Battel. (NOTE: the “Crest” is the group of images across the top, above or coming out of the top of the shield.). 

The family tree on page 353 clearly identifies John Baker of Groombridge (2nd son of Robert Baker of Gilderidge House in Withyham) as sharing a Coat of Arms with the same description or the Crest as the one Dr. Simmons Jones Baker describes in his narrative. 

Specifically: “With the Pedigree of this John Baker, entered at the Visitation in 1634, the crest appears to be three roses or, each stalked and leaved vert.”  John Baker is marked with an asterisk on page 353, and his genealogy is noted on page 355.

 The Image Description by Dr. Baker

When I was about to start to London in 1793, an old seal said to have been brought from England by one of the brothers, from whom I am a descendant, was put in my possession by my father.  It has on it a coat of arms, a castle and three keys, surmounted by three white roses as a crest.

– Dr. Simmons Jones Baker, Narrative written Feb 4, 1847.

Sketch of the Seal:

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This is a sketch of the original seal that S.J.Baker describes in his text.  Compare the sketch to the painted Coat of Arms, and you will notice that the helmet and keys are reversed.  This is expected.  This is a seal, and once the seal is applied to hot wax, the mirror image presents itself in the wax.
Painting of
the Coat of Arms:
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Painted in 2014 by Susan Baker Wooldridge, 4th Great Granddaughter of Dr. Simmons Jones Baker.

A special thank you to Karen Baker for researching and sharing this information.

3 comments on “English Coat of Arms

  1. Richard Baker
    February 18, 2017

    My coat of arms is on a red shield wth tower & 3 keys both sides & bottom. Crest is just above shield showing a Castle with extended armored arm holding a stone flint. Would you know anything about this coat of arms. Thank you

    • adam t baker
      July 15, 2019

      Hey Richard,
      My grandfather has an ash tray, and some cuff links with that crest. I am curious how you found it? Trying to find out if it’s legit, or my grandfather just picked them up at a gift shop.

  2. Susan Baker Legg
    May 24, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this information. Sincerely, Susan Baker Legg

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