History of Braithwaite Coat of Arms
The following information comes from: Generoso Germine Gemmo ["I bud from a gentle stock" or "Generous increase of a bud"] by Lieutenant Colonel Garnett Edward Braithwaite (1904-1982), Kendal, Westmorland, England, 1965, pages 5-6:
Thomas Braythwayte [b.abt.1459], of Brathay,…is known to have had a mill in 1494, and to have owned peat lands, from which he made enough money to enable his branch to move slowly, but surely, round the North of Lake Windermere, leaving behind, in the Parish of Hawkshead, descendants of the original stock. His is the first name to be recorded with issue.
His son Richard [Braithwait, b.abt.1485], who owned the Borrans, and his grandson Robert [Braithwait, b.abt.1511], built houses in Ambleside and prospered through trade and agriciulture. Thomas [Braithwait, 1537-1610] of the next generation, who was Knighted by [Queen] Elizabeth in 1591, married well and was given Burneside Hall near Kendal, by his father, where he died in 1616. He was granted the right to bear the coat of arms of 'Gule, on a chevron argent, three cross crosslets, fitchee sable' with the family crest of a greyhound. I suspect that the 'three cross crosslets' came from the Sandys family.
In the Transactions, vol. VI, pp. 217 and 230, it is stated that the Red shield with three cross crosslets fitchee sable was the coat of arms of the Warcop branch and the Golden shield with Bugle-horn garnished and furnished sable was that of Ambleside.
This I believe to be incorrect--in fact I am sure the allocation must have been the reverse. The confusion could well have been caused by the fact that there were three, in two generations, having the name Thomas, all three of whom were granted the right to bear coats of arms. Thomas brother of Gawen in 1602; Sir Thomas of Warcop in 1616; and before them Sir Thomas of Ambleside and Burneside in 1591.
I believe Thomas took the Bugle in 1602 and his brother Gawen, whether he was entitled to or not, followed suit.
I possess a coloured facsimile of the 'cross crosslet' coat of arms with the greyhound crest as borne by Sir Thomas of Ambleside Hall; and our crest today is a greyhound. This Sir Thomas, Knighted in 1591, became a Deputy Feodary of Westmorland in 1576 and his son Richard [Braithwait, 1588-1673], an Escheator in 1633. This Richard reproduced the 'cross crosslet' coat of arms on many of the frontispieces of his published works together with the greyhound crest and the motto 'Generoso Germine Gemmo' ('I bud from a gentle stock'.) (Records of Kendale, Vol. II, pages 440 and 441; Transactions, Vol. XXII.)