It is said that this Sussex family originally came from Eysted, a maritime
town in Denmark, sometime during the reign of King Edward III.
They settled in Framfield, where they had a considerable estate, a part of
whch remained in the family until 1718.
In 1544 John Isted is mentioned among the names of the principal
inhabitants of Hastings and it was, one imagines, this John Isted, or
his son of the same name, who was summoned to the parliament at Oxford in
1554 as one of the representatives for Hastings and the Cinque ports.
In the next generation
was among the first Jurats of Hastings following the granting of a charter
to the town, in 1588 - the year of the Armada - by Queen Elizabeth I.
The first mayor, John Hay, was a relative of Richard Isted.
In 1574 Thomas Isted of Mayfield is included in a list of the
ironmasters of Sussex, Surrey and Kent and was among those who had to
furnish a bond to the value of £2,000 as surety for not founding or selling
ordance without licence from the queen.
Sixty years later at the time of the Hearlds' Visitation of 1634, Richard
Isted of Framfield is found listed among the gentry of Sussex. In
later years the family became widespread throughout the county, where many
of their name remain today.
The arms of Isted - they are not mentioned by William Berry - are
blazoned: Gules, a chevron vair, between three talbots' heads erased
These arms appear impaled with those of William Watson, Dean of
Battle, in 1689 in Battle church, showing that he had married a member of
the Isted family. They also appear in the Chruch of All Saints in
Lewes on a memorial to Samual Isted, who died in 1745.
'Vair', it may be remembered, is one of the heraldic furs, the pieces being
tinctured alternately argent and azure.
If one looks for dogs in heraldry, one finds two kinds most often depicted.
These are the greyhound, which needs no explanation, and the talbot, which
was the name given to the hound. The talbot is always shown wiht the
typical drooping ears, which are sometimes blazoned of a different tincture
to the body. Nowadays many kinds of dogs appear in heraldry, most
particulary, it seems, when they are used as supporters.
The usual terms are used to described dogs in action, thus when running they
are 'courant', but if the quarry is depected as well, they are said to be in
full cry, in full chsse or in full course. If the nose is to the
ground, a hound on scent is the term used, and when pointing the dog is
described as questing.