This simple design consists of tincture divided quarterly between gules and or. This means that the top left and bottom right are red and the top right and bottom left are yellow. The horizontal division between colours has been given a zigzag edge called a dancette.
The name 'Bromley' came from the many towns of the same name. These exist in Staffordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, London and many other places. The English Bromley family originated in Staffordshire. The family was seated there in very ancient times, before the Norman Invasion.
Arms were confirmed (with 6 quaterings) by Robert Cooke to Sir George Bromley, justice of Metley, who was 10th in descent from Sir Walter Bromley of Bromlegh. The sheriffs of the family were William Bromley, 1229, John Bromley 1405, and George Bromely 1522. Another set of arms was confirmed (with 2 quatering) to Henry Bromlwy of Shrawardine. He was third in descent from Sir Thomas Bromley, who was chancellor of England 1581, and who was brother of George Bromley-Justice of chief 1581.
Sir Edward Bromley was a judge. He was baptised in 1563 to his father, Sir George Bromley. Bromley was educated at Shrewsbury School, and was admitted to the Inner Temple, where his father had been treasurer, on 23 November 1580, shortly after the appointment as lord chancellor of his uncle, Sir Thomas Bromley, was also a member of the Inner Temple. In 1586 he was returned to parliament for the borough of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, where by 1583 his father was recorder, and for which his uncle Sir Thomas Bromley had sat in 1558.
Bromley continued to sit for Bridgnorth until becoming a judge, 'making no mark on the proceedings of the House' (Jones, 489), and in the last years of his life was recorder of the borough. On 18 April 1593 he married Margaret (d. 1657), daughter and heir of Nicholas Lowe of Tymore, in the parish of Enville, Staffordshire. They had no children. He was knighted in 1610 and died in 1626, leaving his wife and John Bromley, grandson of his cousin Sir Henry Bromley of Holt, Worcestershire, as executors of his will.
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