We have adopted one of the Scawen coats of arms (well, just the shield) as the logo for the Scowen.org site. We do this because all references to a Scowen coat of arms refer back to the Scawen name. We still haven't been given any hard evidence that the two names are related (can you provide some?) but until we have either proved or disproved the link, these are the arms we will use.
There are four different entries for Scawen in Burke's General Armory. They follow. We have taken the description of the first entry and created the shield used in the site icon. One day, we would like to create the crest too, but we don't have the graphic design skills for such tasks. Do you?
From Burke's General Armory:
Scawen (Aden, co. Cornwall). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three griffins' heads erased sa. the two in chief respecting each other. Crest—A cubit arm habited gu. cuffed ar. holding in the hand the trunk of a tree eradicated, near the top a branch issuing all ppr.
Scawen (Molenick, St. Germains, co. Cornwall. This family is traced in their pedigree to the time of Edward I., when the representative m. the heiress of Molenick; they removed into CO. Surrey about 1712, and became extinct in 1801, when the last James Scawen, Esq., M.P. co. Surrey, son of Thomas Scawen, by Tryphena, his wife, dau. and sole heiress of Lord James Russell, of Maidwell, d. leaving his sister, Tryphena, Countess Bathurst, his heiress. There was a younger branch settled at Trehane, in Probus, in consequence of a match with the co-heiress of Trehane; another junior branch, descended from a younger son of the same family, temp. Henry VIII., was of Arden, in Stoke Climsland). Same Arms.
Scawen (Melenick, co. Cornwall; Richard Scawen, aged 30, anno 40 Queen Elizabeth, a.d. 1597, son and heir of Edward Scawen, who d. 12 May, 1597, the ninth in descent from William Scawen, of Melenick, temp. Edward I. Visit. Cornwall, 1620). Az. a chev. gu. betw. three griffins' heads erased ea. those in chief respecting each other.
Scawen (Trehane, co. Cornwall ; John Scawen, second son of Edward Scawen, living 1597, m. Elizabeth, dau. and co-heir of John Trehane, Esq., of Trehane. Visit. Cornwall, 1620). Same Arms. Download the whole General Armory for free from the Internet Archive.
ar… argent, or silver, or white az… azure, or blue gu… gules, or red sa…. sable, or black ppr… proper chev… chevron d. … died m. … married b. … born s.p. … sine prole, without issue d.v.p. … died vita patris betw. … between visit. … visitation of a county by a herald
Notes About these Entires
Some words have been undelined on Scowen.org for emphasis. In the arms we have chosen (1st entry) the colour of the arms is listed as Ardent (silver or white). In the third entry, the arms are described the same but are listed as Azure (blue). The second and third entries are for the same branch of the family, as in those from Molenick or Melenick in Cornwall, who are said to have died out around 1801. However, the second entry refers to the same arms as described in the first entry. Either the 1st or 3rd is likely to be listing the arms colour incorrectly. The question remains, however, of whether or not the Scawen arms can be used to represent the Scowen name. Are we really the same family? Do you have evidence to prove one way or the other? Contact us and let us know.