Name: John Giffard
Birth: 1466 in of Chillington, Staffs
Death: 13 NOV 1556 in Bridgworth, Staffs
Occupation: Shot a wild panther at Chillington Castle
MEM: Brewood, Staffs: Effigy
Change Date: 25 MAY 2008
(J.P., Staffs) 1501-47; (M.P., Staffs) [?? 1504 1510 1512-4 1515 1523] 1529-36; (Sheriff, Staffs) 1509-10 1517-8 1521-2 1525-6 1530-1 1541-2; (knighted at the Siege of Terouenne and Tournay) 25 Dec 1513; (J.P., Derbys) 1515+; (with his wife Elizabeth and the soul of Sir John Montgomery, of Brewood [no mention of his first wife]) c1532 FAS
At Brewood is the effigy of Sir John Gifford who shot the panther and died at the ripe age of ninety years. He lies in Tudor armour, with his two ladies, both in period costume, surrounded by their eighteen children.
The Giffard family crest bears the French motto: ?Prenez haleine, tirez forte?, meaning: ?Take breath, pull hard.? It is said to have been granted to Sir John Giffard in the 16th century as a result of the following incident:
A wild panther kept at Chillington Castle escaped and was pursued by the household. Sir John himself came upon it as it was stalking a woman carrying her child through the park. As he drew his crossbow to save the woman his son came up behind him exclaiming the French words quoted above. He shot and killed the panther as it sprang and the King, hearing of the gallant deed, granted Sir John the crest of a panther?s head with his son?s urgent injunction as the motto. A wooden cross in the park marks the spot where this is alleged to have happened.
Peter Giffard of Chillington, 28th of the line to own the estate since the 1100s, died in 1998.
Father: Robert Giffard b: ABT 1400
Mother: Cassandra Humphrestone b: in Of Humpreston
Jane Hoord b: ABT 1465 in Bridgnorth, Staffs
- Dorothy Gifford b: ABT 1486 in Chillington, Staffs
- Thomas Giffard b: 1490 in Burton
- Frances Giffard
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