ling white indicates Royalty; the Star, grandeur; the Lion, courage; the Red, war; the Cross, religion, and, with the crowned lion, denotes the Church of England.
The pedigree was extracted from the London Tower, and is certified by Charles Townley, York, and John Pomfret, Rouge Croix, August 1st, 1750.
Richard Lee, who came to Virginia in the reign of Charles I., was of a good family, Shropshire; and his son, William Lee, speaks of his picture being (as he is told) "at Cotton, in Shropshire, near Bridgeworth, the seat of Lancelot Lee, Esq. " He came to the colony of Virginia as Secretary and one of the King's Privy Council.
He settled permanently in Virginia, and exercised great influence.
It was he who, with the assistance of Sir William Berkeley, on the death of Cromwell, had Virginia (which was independent under the Protectorate,) re-united with England — having Charles H. proclaimed King of England, Scotland, France, Ireland and Virginia--two years before the Restoratio