The inscription reads: Given to W. CROSS by his excellent Friend THE REVd. HUGH HORNBY. 1819
The arms are those of Cross impaling those of Chaffres, as borne by William Cross of Redscar and Cottam, born in 1771, he married in 1813 Ellen, daughter of Edward of Chaffres. He died in 1827. His son, John Edward Cross married in 1854 Elizabeth, daughter of Admiral Sir Phipps Hornby.