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All male line ancestral arms may be quartered

Perhaps this is a question of representation. When a chap dies he may be survived by his representatives. If he was an armiger, then his arms are not normally lost, his representatives may continue to bear them, though without discussing quite who those representatives may be.

In my grandfather's quarterings, there is a striking succession of Neville arms, all born by different Neville ancestors:

Arms Name
21 Neville_Gilb_gules_pennant.png - 27Kb Gilbert
is the father of:
20 Neville_Geoff1.png - 118Kb Geoffrey Nevill
is the father of:
19 Neville_Geoff2.png - 66Kb Sir Geffery Nevill
is the father of a daughter and sole heir
one of whose male line descendants was:
18 FitzMaldred.png - 25Kb Richard Neville
Earl of Warwick

The last of these was not in fact a male line Neville Descendant. The daughter of the third of these in fact married a FitzMaldred who eventually changed his name to his wife's but retained his father's arms. A further complication is that Richard Neville, like his father, was not the senior line of Nevilles so they did not use the plain FitzMaldred arms but in fact added a label gobony with different tinctures for him and his father. Finally I should add that Complete Peerage IX, pp. 502a-d, pub in 1936, does not support the above genealogy and adds an extra generation of another Gilbert Neville between the two Geffreys.

Nevertheless the point to made here is that all the top three arms are included, all in the male line and each of them different and thus shown as separate quarterings.

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