Henry Whipple of Dickleborough

Henry Whipple of Dickleborough

Recipient of the Whipple Coat of Arms

Henry Whipple of Dickleborough (today's Dickleburgh), Norfolk county, U.K., was born about 1510. He was awarded the Whipple coat of arms in 1563, then again in 1576. (It was unusual to be awarded a coat of arms twice.)

Henry's awards are recorded in Harley Manuscript 1552 in London's British Library (formerly a part of the British Museum). The awards are mentioned on page 309 of The Visitacions of Norfolk, 1563, 1589, and 1613 by William Hervey. (A PDF of that entire book is available on the Whipple One-Name Study.)

Henry and his descendants appear in the Database of the Whipple One-Name Study. His posterity died out after four generations, leaving no descendants legally authorized to claim the Whipple Coat of Arms.

A photo of the Coat of Arms appears on this site.

Henri De V : Hipple?

Might Henry of Dickleborough be the elusive Henri De V : Hipple mentioned in some Whipple genealogies? The first mention of De V : Hipple was probably in the 1891 publication entitled The Presentation of the Portraits of General William Whipple, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and of David Glasgow Farragut, Admiral, United States Navy, published in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. On page 29 (left column) it reads:

A history of the family … can be found in the ancient Library at Birmingham, England. … This history relates, it is further said, that the Whipple family originated with Henri De V : Hipple, a gentleman of Normandy of the Vale de Suere (or Vale de Suede). For his gallantry he was granted the manorial estates of Wraxall. Richard Wraxall—that is, Richard de V : Hipple—was knighted on the battlefield of Agincourt, and given the motto: "Fidele et Brave." Leaving Wraxall on account of persecution, the name of De V : Hipple was resumed, which in the time of Henry VII (1485–1509), was anglicized into Whipple.

Numerous Whipple genealogies published since 1891 have mentioned de V : Hipple, sometimes citing the 1891 publication. None have (yet) identified the "ancient Library at Birmingham." Some genealogies have suggested that the manuscript might be in Oxford's Bodleian Library, but searches have failed to find one there.

It is the current opinion of the Whipple One-Name Study that the rumored Henri de V : Hipple is probably Henry Whipple of Dickleborough.

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