Coats of arms at the Square Tower

Sir Richard Wingfield

Keeper and captain of the town and Isle of Portsmouth, knighted by Henry VIII as 'A Knight of the Garter' in 1522.

Sir Richard was born at Letheringham, Suffolk, son of Sir John Wingfield and his wife Elizabeth FitzLewis.

Photo of the coat of arms of Sir Richard Wingfield, displayed at the Square Tower, Portsmouth.

Thomas Fitzalan 1513

Born on the 13th October 1381 Eldest son and heir of Richard Fitzalan11th Earl of Arundel, 12th Earl of Arundel. Fought in the Wars against the Welsh in 1401 and 1405, fought against the rebellious Archbishop Scrope in 1405 and in the war against the French in 1411. Was said to be "a capable military man, but savage, revengeful, and self-seeking."

Photo of the coat of arms of Thomas Fitzalan, in the Lower Hall of the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth.

Sir Thomas Wyndham

Eldest son of Sir John Wyndham, who was fund guilty of high treason as an accomplice to the Duke of Suffolk and beheaded on the 6th May 1512 by Henry VII. Thomas Wyndham was Councillor and Vice Admiral to Henry VIII, during his life was Captain of the Mary Rose under his cousin Sir Edward Howard in 1512.

Photo of the coat of arms of Sir Thomas Wyndham, the Square Tower venue at Old Portsmouth.

Sir William Paulet

Made treasurer of the Kings Household in 1537 -1539, President of the Council and Keeper of the great seal. Sheriff of Hampshire 1512 - 1519 and Governor of Portsmouth in 1545. Paulet was the eldest son of Sir John Paulet (1460 - 5 January 1525) of Basing Castle at Old Basing, near Basingstoke, in Hampshire and Nunney Castle in Somerset.

Photo of the Lower Hall at the Square Tower, Portsmouth. Showing Sir William Paulet's coat of arms.

Sir Henry Radclyff

Best known as Fourth Earl of Sussex. Appointed constable for life of Portchester Castle, and lieutenant of Southbere Forest (14 June 1560). He was elected MP for Hampshire and received the office of warden and captain of the town, castle, and Isle of Portsmouth in 1571.

Photo of the coat of arms of Sir Henry Radclyff, in the Square Tower, Portsmouth, Hants.

Sir Adrian Poynings

Appointed Governor of Portsmouth from 1559 to 1571. Adrian Poynings, born about 1512 in Ghent, Flanders, where his father was serving as ambassador to the Emperor Maximilian, was the youngest of seven illegitimate children of Sir Edward Poynings (1459-1521) of Westenhanger Castle, Kent.

Photo of Sir Adrian Poynings coat of arms.

William Coope

William Coope was appointed keeper of Bedhampton Park, Hampshire in 1509.



Picture form the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth of William Coope's coat of arms.

Sir Richard Lee

Sir Richard Lee (1513-1575) was a military engineer in the service of Henry VIII of England, Edward VI and Elizabeth I. He was a commander of Henry VIII and appointed surveyor of the King's works. Lee was member of parliament for Hertfordshire in 1545.

Photo of the coat of arms of Sir Richard Lee, hanging in the Square Tower at Portsmouth.

Colonel George Goring

Son of George Goring the 1st Earl of Norwich, known as Lord Goring as he was the eldest son of an Earl. Returned to England after becoming permanently lamed from a wound in Breda in 1637 and became Governor of Portsmouth in 1639. Goring surrendered to the Parliamentary troops in August 1657 during the English Civil War.

Photo in the Square Tower at Old Portsmouth of the coat of arms of Colnel George Goring.

William Mirfield

Supervisor and Governor of Portsmouth Town. Mirfield, a supporter of Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III), was appointed keeper of Portchester Castle and governor of Portsmouth, following the rebellion of the Duke of Buckingham. Mirfield was given lands in Wiltshire and Hampshire worth 100 marks.

Picture of William Mirfield's coat of arms at the Square Tower, Portsmouth.