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St. Briavels castle *
(also: St. Briavel's Castle) James Hyett was Constable of
St. Briavels Castle
and Warden of the
Royal Forest of Dean;  his descendants, James, and his son Roger, held the office of Constable and Warden from 1471-1483.

Hello and welcome!

This page is a virtual meeting place for ALL Hyatt family members -- wherever you may live. It is being started by some of us in Georgia, though most of our close relatives are in North Carolina (with many elsewhere of course!). 

We have our reunion every year in August in the Qualla community of Western North Carolina, just outside the town of Cherokee (Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians). We will post links of all sorts in the future, including our family lineage, which can be used to compare to yours. 

Further, please write, and let's each see if we can put it ALL together one day :) BTW (by the way), our ancestors are first from England, and included Sir Charles Hyatt and his sons.

P-L-E-A-S-E write or email; Eric Hyatt's email link is below, but you are also encouraged to email "" (Shoal Creek is part of the Qualla Community and this is the address of Robert Hyatt), and our President this year (Aug 2005-2006), John Hyatt, and Vice-President (& avid historian), Lawrence Hyatt. We're looking forward to meeting, hearing from and sharing with YOU! - webmaster - vice-president (historian) - gatekeeper ;) (historian) - president

Hyatt Coat of Arms Description
Origin: English
Coat of Arms: Silver with a red lion and a stripe across the top of black.
Crest: A black flying horse.
Motto: Fac et spera

Hiatt - according to the Burke's General Armory... As. a lion ramp. ar. Crest- A lion's paw erased, holding a broken spear all ppr. Since the Hyatt lion paws are usually intact and raised, I guess the Hiatt part of the family must have been more fighters although the Hyatt lion appears on top of a Castle sometimes like ownership or protectors as it is in defense.
Hyatt - according to Burke's... Ar. a lion ramp. sa. a chief per fesse indented of the first and second. Crest- A demi lion ramp. ppr. Another Crest -A tower gu. out of the battlement a demi lion ramp. sa. Motto - Fac et spera.
Hyett - (Wotton, co. Somerset, 1573). Ar. a lion ramp. gu. a chief per fesse indented of the first and sa. Crest - A demi pegasus sa. crined or, wings endorsed, of the last.
Hyett - Same Arms. Crest - A dexter hand, holding a thistle in pale ppr.
Hyett - (Brampton, co. Hereford; Richard Hyett, Esq., was Sheriff of co. Hereford, 1601). Ar. a lion ramp. sa in chief a fesse of the second, a crescent for diff.
Hyett - (co. Gloucester). Ar. a lion ramp. sa. a chief indented of the last. Crest - A tower gu. out of the battlements a demi lion ramp. sa.
Hyett (Painswick House, co. Gloucester). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a lion ramp. az. on a chief dancettee sa. two roses ar., for Hyett; 2nd and 3rd, erm. three cats pass. in pale az., For Adams. Crest - 1st A castle ppr. charged with four pellets, issuing therefrom a lion's head sa. in the mouth a rose slipped gu., for Hyett; 2nd A greyhound's head erased erm., for Adams. Motto - Cor immobile.



*From the end of the 14th century there was a change in the character of the office of constable. The castle, manors, and general proWts of the Forest once farmed by the holder (which are referred to here as the St. Briavels castle estate) were granted in fee by the Crown, and later, having reverted to the Crown, were granted on long leases. (fn. 41) The constableship was evidently subsumed in a grant in fee of the St. Briavels castle estate to John, later duke of Bedford, in 1399, but after his death in 1435 the office was separated from the estate. (fn. 42) Constables were appointed at an annual fee paid out of the estate (fn. 43) and had the use of parts of St. Briavels castle for keeping the courts and prison. (fn. 44) During the next 100 years men from local gentry families often served, including John Ashurst, landowner in English Bicknor, and members of the Baynham and Hyett families. In 1546, however, the earls of Pembroke began a long association with the office, and from the mid 17th century, when the constableship was usually held with the lease of the St. Briavels castle estate, it was the preserve of leading Gloucestershire magnates. (fn. 45) The constable continued to appoint a deputy constable, mainly for holding the courts, (fn. 46) and his bowbearer and six under-foresters. The six were later termed rangers or keepers (fn. 47) and had the specific task of keeping the deer; (fn. 48) they took on an enhanced role at a reorganization of the Forest's administration in the 1670s. (fn. 49)

From: 'Forest of Dean: Forest administration', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St. Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean  (1996), pp. 354-77. URL: .     

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