Hi Nick, Oldham (Lancs., England) was not founded by a Lord Oldham. The name derives from Old English "ald" and Old Scandinavian "holme" meaning a promontory or outcrop and describes the site's hilltop defensive position. As far as I know there has never been a Lord Oldham as such (except in the film "The Red Shoes"!). There were various wealthy Oldham families and the town's arms derived from the bearings of one such family but I cannot trace that they were ever higher than Knight Baronet, and therefore addressed as "Sir" ("Sir John and Lady Oldham" etc.) A John Oldham travelled to Maine in 1615 and a Richard Oldham in 1617. Please get back if I can help with anything - I live 12 miles from Oldham, Lancs.