Bore the arms granted in 1721 to his great-grandfather, Gabriel Stokes (1682-1768), namely:
Gules, a demi-lion rampant double-queued Argent,
within a bordure Sable entoyre of bezants.
[The escutcheon charged with a Baronet badge of Ulster, after 1889.]
Crest : On a wreath of the colors, a forestaff (cross-staff) in pale Proper.
Motto : Ire in Adversa (walking through adversity).
Mantling : Gules and Argent.
Livery : (Dress) white coat, crimson plush breeches, (undress) blue drab overcoat.
George Stokes (1819-1903)
Entry from the 1902 edition of Fox-Davies "Armorial Families"
(courtesy of Stephen Plowman)
Quick Biography of Sir George G. Stokes :
- Born on August 13, 1819, in Skreen, County Sligo (Ireland).
- In 1832, leaves home to attend school in Dublin.
- Father dies in 1834.
- In 1835 (at age 16) enters Bristol College (England).
- In 1837, enters Pembroke College, Cambridge.
- He is coached by William Hopkins (1793-1866).
- In 1841, Senior Wrangler in Cambridges's Mathematical Tripos.
- 1845: On the theories of the internal friction of fluids in motion.
- Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge (1849-1903).
- Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1851.
- Rumford Medal in 1852.
- Secretary of the Royal Society (1854-1885).
- Marries Mary Susanna Robinson in 1857.
- President of the Victoria Institute (1886-1903).
- President of the Royal Society (1885-1890).
- Member of Parliament for Cambridge University (1887-1892).
- Created a baronet in 1889 (baronetcy extinct in 1916).
- Copley Medal of the Royal Society, in 1893.
- Professorial Jubilee (50 years as Lucasian professor) in 1899.
- Dies on February 1, 1903, at 1 am, in Lensfield Cottage, Cambridge.
Sir George Gabriel Stokes (1819-1903) was born on August 13, 1819, in Skreen, County Sligo (Ireland) where his father Gabriel was Rector of the Church of Ireland ("Gabriel" is a popular name in the Stokes lineage).
The grandfather of George Stokes (1819-1903) was John Stokes (1721-1781) Regius Professor of Greek at Dublin University, where his younger brother Gabriel (1732-1806) held the chair of mathematics.
The father of John Stokes (great-grandfather of Sir George Stokes) was Gabriel Stokes (1682-1768) who married Elizabeth King of Rathfarnam (1689-1751) in 1711. He became Deputy Surveyor General of Ireland in 1721. He was a mathematical instrument maker residing in Essex Street, Dublin (at the corner of Eustace and Essex). In 1721, he was granted the arms which his great-grandson would later bear:
Rootsweb :Stokes of Dublin, Dublin County, Ireland. Arms allowed by Hawkins, Ulster, 1721, and crest granted, for skill in his profession; to Gabriel Stokes, mathematical instrument maker. Gules, a demi lion rampant double queued Argent. Crest: A forestaff in pale Proper.
Smith's Ordinary of Arms :The following entry was made in the handwriting of Hawkins, Ulster; Stokes-Gabriel. Mathematical Instrument Maker - Gules, a demi lion double queue Argent, a bordure Sable entoyre of bezants, and for skill in his profession the following crest allowed him (viz.) a forestaff in pale Proper. 15 Nov. 1721. (By Ulster under a special patent).
Fox-Davies Armorial Families (1929) :STOKES (U.O., 15 Nov. 1721, Ped. H. Coll. and U.O.). Gules, a demi-lion rampant double queued argent, a bordure sable entoyre of bezants. Mantling: Gules and argent. Crest: On a wreath of the colours, a forestaff in pale proper. Motto: Ire in Adversa. Livery: (Dress) white coat, crimson plush breeches, (undress) blue, drab overcoat.
Online References :
- Numericana | Mactutor | Rootsweb
- Stokes Family History by A. G. Stokes (Melbourne 1986).
- George Gabriel Stokes 1819-1903: An Irish Mathematical Physicist
by Prof. Alastair Wood of Dublin City University (1998).