The coat-of-arms is supposedly that of Sir Edward Stanley (c.1463-1524), owner of Hornby Castle. The church tower was built in his honour in 1514, on the occasion of his ennoblement as the first Lord Monteagle, itself a reward for his actions at the Battle of Flodden. He was also admitted to the Order of the Garter, as indicated by the band around the shield.
The triskelion, the emblem of the Isle of Man, featured in the family arms because Sir John Stanley (c.1350 - 1414) had been awarded the title of 'King and Lord of Man and the Isles' by Henry IV in 1405.
[Digression: the last Stanley to hold that role was Ferdinando Stanley (c.1559-1594), a patron of Shakespeare known at the court of Elizabeth I by another of his splendid titles: 'Lord Strange of Knockin'.]
The Lords Monteagle played another important role in British history: Sir Edward's great-grandson, the fourth Lord Monteagle, was the recipient of the famous letter which exposed the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
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