This leads us to an interesting sideline from Jeff Chimpman on the Dale GenForum, message 2596: "The parents of Maj. Edward Dale of Lancaster Co., VA were William and Elizabeth (Elliott) Dale of London. *** William Dale was a grocer, as was his father Robert Dale. ***In 1613, William Dale was granted a coat of arms. He would have entered his pedigree at the same time. These arms are the same arms as used by Maj. Edward Dale of Lancaster Co., VA. In order for Maj. Edward Dale to use these arms legitimately, he had to be a descendant of William Dale, and in this case, because of chronology, he was William Dale's son.
"Because the Dale pedigree only extends to William Dale's father, Robert Dale, and the family was of relatively humble origin, I see no evidence of the hand of a corrupt herald. William Dale was affluent enough to apply for arms, but he didn't fudge his ancestry. There are no nobles or monarchs in his declared background. The Dale family was of the mercantile class".