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Otter is in Feet Resting On.

Seventh Crusade

After 1262. St Mary's Church, Boyton [Map]. Monument to Alexander Giffard. Believed to represent Alexander Giffard; possibly his father Hugh Giffard. Early Medieval Period effigy. Alexander fought on the Seventh Crusade and may possibly have died at the Battle of Mansoura in 1250. The effigy notable for the Otter at his feet, biting his sword, and for the Giffard Arms on the shield with a label five points indicating the son, possibly grandson, of the current owner of the arms. The Otter may actually be a badly carved lion! Right Leg over Left.

Alexander Giffard: He was born to Hugh Giffard and Sibyl Cormeilles. In 1248 Alexander Giffard took part during the Seventh Crusade. In 1262 he died or was possibly killed at the Battle of Mansoura.

Hugh Giffard: Around 1195 he was born to Walter Giffard (age 62) at Warminster, Wiltshire. Before 18 Mar 1217 Hugh Giffard (age 22) and Sibyl Cormeilles (age 24) were married. Around 1246 Hugh Giffard (age 51) died at Warminster, Wiltshire.