^-of each child. The resulting pattern was thought to resemble the footprints left by cranes on muddy riverbanks. Family trees therefore became known as 'cranes' feet' -pieds degru - hence the word 'pedigree'.
The Cranes of Camborne, Cornwall, depicted a crane in their coat of arms, but most Cranes with coats of arms opted for less literal designs. Those depicted here are those granted in 1606 to a man named Crane who was Clerk of the Kitchen to no less a man than James I himself. Also in James I's reign, Sir Francis Crane (died 1363) was director of the great tapestry works at Mortlake on the Thames. □
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