The Great Charter of Arms
By Sanders Dumas Lambert

Since publishing this page I have been told that there are a number of
inaccurate impressions given for example there is no such thing as a "family
name" coat of arms, they belong to individuals and are inherited in accordance
with strict rules and laws. The Lambert Charters, often mentioned are now
accepted as most likely fake and probably made in the mid 17th century.
So please consider this when reading. 

A charter of Arms known as "The Great Charter of Arms" is now located in the Northumberland County Archives. 

It was granted to Thomas Lambert of Pinchbeck co. Lincolnshire, England 23 July 1603 by Richard Saint George esq., Norry King of Arms. 

The charter was painted by John Withy, the herald-painter temp. Charles I. The main shields are genealogical with the shields of maternal ancestors.

The marshalling of arms on this shield for Thomas Lambert was so different from the usual manner that there is little wonder that ‘so called authorities’ said this Charter of Arms was a forgery.

Others are laid out very geometrically "up and down, side to side", but John Withy did not follow any accepted pattern in this shield or in the arms for Thomas Lambert’s wife (The Dymock family genealogical shield).

The genealogical shield, as it appeared on the "Great Charter", was used by Parliamentary General John Lambert as his personal seal.


Also other shields of the Lambert families are painted on "The Great Charter".



A shield of Lambert was published in 14th century and titled "Ancient Arms of Lambert". The name of an individual bearing this shield was not given.


Ancient Arms of Lambarte

This coate born by Lambarte of Skipton, when he married the daughter and heir of his elder house, to avoid confusion.


This coate sometimes borne by Lambarte of Oldton.


This coate of arms borne by Lambarte of Calton in Craven

Borne by Lambarte of Kent son to John Lambert Sheriff of London the 20th year of King Edward VI and 1551.

Sir Nicholas Lambert Knt. Lord Mayor of London 28 Henry VIII while father Edmond was of Maiden Bradley. They are now of Hampshire.



Lambarte of Ireland

Lambarte of London, Merchant - Three burgoyna dogs

5th son of John Lambarte of Calton Hall, Yorkshire.

Lambarte of London, Merchant

Lambert Shields
By Sanders Dumas Lambert

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Sanders Dumas Lambert

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Andy Lambert