"The Magner Coat of Arms hereby
illustrated is officially documented in Burke's General Armory.
The original description of the arms shield is as follows:
AR. on a mount vert a swepe (or Balista) AZ, charged with
a stone PPR. A chief per fesse embattled or and GU. When translated the blazon also describes the original colors
of the Magner Arms as:
Silver: On a green mound, a
blue catapult charged with a stone;
Upper third divided horizontally,
gold and red, embattled below.
Above the shield and helmet is the
crest which is described as: On a green mound an eagle rising natural
colored, crowned with a gold eastern crown."
Thanks to Jim
Note: This coat of
arms is recorded in Burkes under the name Magnall of London and
John Burke and John Bernard Burke:
General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. London: Harrison and
Information from the Bluemantle
Pursuivant of Arms of the College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street, London
dated October 8, 1974:
After an examination of the official
records of the College of Arms concerning your surname, I am able to
report to you as follows:
"In the first instance I find that Armorial Bearings were confirmed
by William Hawkins, Ulster King of Arms, in 1782 to a family of
Fitzgibbon. This family descended from one James Fitzgibbon who
married in the 16th century, Elizabeth, daughter of William Magner of
Castle Magner in the county of Cork. The Armorial Bearings so
confirmed to the Fitzgibbon family include a quartering for
Magner. This quartering or Coat of Arms may be blazoned as:
Argent (silver/white) a swepe azure
(blue) charged with a stone gold.
A quartering is only transmitted by a
woman to her descendants if she is an heiress to her father, that is to
say she has no brothers or no brothers with surviving issue. The
inference therefore is that there were no male Magner descendants of the
above William Magner.
A swepe is also termed a mangonel and
is a form of engine used by the ancients for throwing stones. It
consists of a wooden frame with a pivoted crossbar which has one end
terminating in a cup into which stones or rocks were placed. The
choice of this particular charge is clearly intended as a punning
allusion to the surname.
With the exception of the above, I do
not find any Grant of Armorial has been made at any time to any one of
your surname. Similarly no Magner pedigree has at any time been
formally registered here.
However, reference is made to persons
of the surname in the Official Funeral Certificates of the Irish
Heralds. Among these certificates I find the following.
- Morish Roche of Ballyminony in the
county of Cork died in July 1634, leaving, with issue, a daughter
Margaret who married Edward Magner of Teamplo-Connelly in the county
- Thomas Roche of Farty in the
county of Cork died in November 1638, leaving an eldest son Richard
Roche who married Margaret the daughter of William Magner of Castle
Magner in the county of Cork.
- William O'Brien of Killenecurra in
the county of Cork died 28th September, 1640; his second daughter
was Onora who married to Richard Magner of Aghada in the county of
In the Killcully churchyard in the
county of Cork there was a Memorial inscription stating that "this
is the burying place of James Magner and family. Here lieth ye
body of James Magner who departed this life December 7th 1772."
Again in the lists of marriage
license bonds for the diocese of Cork and Ross there is a reference to
one such license being issued to Thomas Magner and Catherine Hall in
Although there is an absence of any
Magner pedigree, the above clearly demonstrates that there was a family
of some substance living in the county of Cork during the 16th, 17th and
18th centuries. I also find that one James Magner was a Captain in
the 28th Massachusetts Regiment and features in a list of Officers of
the Irish Brigade who served under General Meagher in the American War
The difficulty with establishing an
Irish pedigree is that the Central Repository of Ireland's Public
Records was set on fire and burned in 1922. The main bulk of the
State, Domestic and Ecclesiastical Records of the country were then
to Jeffrey Magner for the above information.