Name: Payan D? Aunay
Birth: in Aunay Castle, Normandy, France
Residence: Turvey, Bedfordshire, England
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Change Date: 24 FEB 2010
Sir Paine (Payan) D'Aunay of Aunay Castle in Normandy, who "came to England with the Conqueror"
The mention of Turvey means he must be ancestor of the Alnetos whose heiress married a Mordaunt (qv).
Sir Payan Dawnay, ancestor of Sir Guy, came to England with William the Conqueror. From him descended Sir William Dawnay, whose valiant exploits in the Crusades attracted the notice of Richard I. He is said to have killed in single combat a Saracen chief, and also to have slain a lion; and, in perpetual memory of these feats, the king ordered that he should have for his crest a demy-Saracen in armour, with a ring in the dexter hand and a lion's paw in the left, which remains the family cognizance to this day.
These feats were told by the household ingle by one generation after another, but in process of time the story assumed a very different form - the Saracen was converted into a local giant, and the lion's paw became a miller's pickaxe. This giant, it is said, sorely troubled the people of Sessay. He preyed upon their flocks, and carried off for a dainty morsel any unlucky wight that might fall into his clutches. One hot summer's day the giant lay basking near the mill, and the miller, a fore-elder of the Dawnays it is said, seeing the monster wrapt in slumber, seized his pickaxe and killed him. The king who then ruled the land, in reward for the brave deed, gave him all the land of Sessay, "to have and to hold from thenceforth and for ever."
Father: Faulk D? Aunay b: in Aunay, nr Caen, Normandy, France
Emmeline de Burdet
- Henry Dawnay
- Text: History of the Sheffield Family
Sir Reginald Sheffield, Bt
Sutton Park website
- Type: Book
Periodical: History and Directory of North Yorkshire