The Putnam family, to whom the crest on the central panel is thought to belong, originated from the Netherlands and had the family motto 'Nec metu nec dubitatione' (neither fear nor doubt).
The St. John Family and Lydiard House
The Lydiard Estates were in the St. John's possession for over 500 years. Originally it was Margaret Beauchamp, grandmother to Henry VII, who obtained the estate for the family, leaving it to her first husband's son, Oliver St. John, after Margaret had succeeded her brother as heir to all her father's estates. The family played important roles in both local and national politics and were staunch Royalists during the Civil War. The estate remained in the family intil it was finally broken up at the beginning of the 20th century.