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Peek Crest

John Peek was granted Arms and a crest by the College of Arms on 28 June 1832.

Gu. on a chev. ar. between three chaplets of hazel in chief or, and a plough in base ppr, three shakeforks sa.

On a wreath of the colours, two hazel-nuts slipped proper.

Two facsimiles of these Arms are to be found at Weekemoor, Hazelwood, the residence of Lucy, Lady Peek, widow of Sir William Peek, the 5th Baronet. One facsimile, worked in petit point and with the inscription "The Arms and Crest of the Peek Family" on the back, bears the motto "Use means and hope in the Lord", which was that of the original grantee, John Peek of Hazelwood. The other facsimile is painted on canvas and bears the motto "Si fuerit Deus mecum", the words "James Peek of London" being written on the frame. These Arms are borne by various descendants of John Peek, the motto "Si fuerit Deus mecum" being also used by William Peek, his fourth son, and the latter's descendants. The Arms are displayed on the tower screen in Drewsteignton Church, Devon, where the Rev'd Richard Peek was rector from 1895 to 1904 and his son, the Rev'd Alfred Richard Welldon Peek, from 1912 to 1955.

A description of the Peek Arms is to be found in Burke's "The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales". According to R.P. Chope the three shakeforks are a punning allusion to the Devonshire name for a two-pronged pitchfork, a peek.


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