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"Perhaps the heraldic lion used here by Sir Thomas Smythe harkens back to the original single-lion insignia of Richard 1st (Lionheart) who knighted Sir Michael Car(r)ington (Standard Bearer) in the Holy Land during the 3rd Crusade. Descendants of Sir Michael later adopted the name of 'Smith' (temp. Wars of the Roses). See Smyth/e--The Siege of Acre and Medieval family research.

Medieval Smyth/e--research involving Carrington/Smyth and the Siege of Acre 1191." ('Carrington or Smyth of co. Warwick, England' Visitation of Warwick and Leicester, confirmed by the Deputies of Camden, Clarenceux, to Francis Smyth, of Wooton, grandson of Sir John Smyth, and 5th in descent from John Carrington or Smith, died in 1446, who was 5th in descent from--Sir Michael Carrington--Standard Bearer to Richard I--died in the Holy Land.)

The two main groups involved in the colonisation of Virginia were the London merchants of the East India, Levant, and Moscovy Companies, led by Customer Smythe's son Sir Thomas who made the biggest contribution and the West Country group interested in the fur trade and fisheries led by Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Governor of Plymouth. Sir Thomas Smythe funded the Virginia colony for 30 years."

Zipworld and Smythe Family History:

Smythe Family Genealogy Forum:
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IN PHOTOS: Admiral Sir Sydney Smith, 1764-1840 (Speaking of Admiral William Sydney Smith: Napoleon said, "That man made me lose my destiny". --Napoleon in Egypt, page 357)

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  • Mar 16, 2009
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