Ormsby coat of arms:
Sir William de Ormesby ~ Gules a bend between six cross crosslets fitchy Or.
Together with Hugh de Cressingham's appointment as Chamberlain of Scotland, Edward I made Sir William de Ormesby the Justiciar. Scotland was in revolt during his term of office, so there was little he could achieve in the establishment of law and order. His family estates were in Lincolnshire and today it is based in Ireland.
Origin Displayed: English
Spelling variations include: Ormsby, Ormesby and others.<p>First found in Lincolnshire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.<p>Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Richard Ormesby settled in Maine in 1630; George, Catherine, James, John, Joseph, Robert and William Ormsby all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
Motto Translated: He is brave who is prudent
Sir Edward Ormsby moved to Shrulegrove after the departure of Pierce Lynch in 1655. Sir Edward was stated to be the head of that family. In 1658 a Richard Ormsby was sheriff of Galway, in 1671 the same was elected Major of Galway. A Robert Ormsby was chosen as representative for the parliament in 1695, about that period the Ormsbys seem to have left Galway and moved to Mayo. When Lord Clanricarde was reinstated, during the restoration, Sir Edward held Shrule by lease from the Earl.
It was him who built the elegant mansion in Shrulegrove, extending or demolishing and rebuilding Lynch’s House, many of the older generation still among us will remember the extensive ruins which existed there. Shrulegrove is part of the Barony of Clare and County of Galway and some of the Ormsbys resented being referred to as “of Shrule”. Sir Edward died in 1683 and was succeeded by Gilbert Ormsby.