<From: Michael STEER - msteer(a)ozemail.com.au
These STERRE or STORRE of Seaton, mentioned in your posting are, I suspect,
part of a large family calling themselves variously STARRE or STURE, from
the general Beere, Sidmouth, Axminster, Colyton (East Devon) area. There are
lots of them in the IGI listed as STARRE. There's an old manor house at
Seaton, once the home of John STARRE that has an inscription under the eves
from the 1600's. It shows his initials and a star, and the
Starr on hie.
Where should a starr be,
But on hie
Tho underneath he now doth lie
Sleeping in dust
Yet shall he rise
More glorious than
Starres in the skies.
It gets into the tourist books as a curiosity. Their arms (STURE of
Sidmouth) were "or a star sable". This was the coat used by Edmund STURE
(STARRE) Recorder of Exeter during the Civil War and it appears on the walls
of Exeter Guildhall. Rev Hornby STEER mentions him in his article.>
Does this mean the STAR family are ours too?