Re: Sir Anthony de Tipton
It seems like no one has answered your question and I have studied the man quite thoroughly. He was born in 1260 in Tipton, West Moreland, Staffordshire, England. He died 1350/51 in York, england. His father was Anthony Tipton of same place born 1220. Found no mother named. During the period preceeding 1282, the Welsh people were subject to English rule. The English were powerful enough to conquer them but soon after the English army would leave, another rebellion would soon be in the making. Llewellyn, the last Prince of the Welsh was the backbone of Welsh resistance. Finally, King Edward 1st, King of England decided to send an army into Wales, one that would be large enough and strong enough to completely destroy the Welsh army. Anthony Tipton, was a member of King Edward's army. His position is not known, but he was mounted on a horse, clad in a coat of mail and equipped with a hand sword and a long spear.
The English army entered Wales and met the Welsh army at the foot of Snowdon Mountain on December 10, 1282 and there the battle was fought in which the Welsh army was completely annihilated but Prince Llewellyn escaped on a horse.
Prince Llewellyn crossed the bridge of Bulith closely pursued by Anthony Tipton. If he could shake this pursuer, he had a good chance of making his escape. The Prince turned into wooded country and suddenly turned to give battle to his pursuer. Both were clad in coats of mail or armour. At that time, firearms had not been invented and all duels were fought with sword or spear. There was a clash of swords and the duel was on. Finally, Tipton managed to thrust his long spear through the armour of the Prince and Prince Llewellyn fell from his horse mortally wounded.
As was customary at that time, the victor would search the body of his victim for valuables or important papers. When Tipton had removed the armour, he was amazed to learn that he slain the Prince of Wales, the man much wanted by King Edward. He stood guard over the body until King Edward was notified. The next day, December 11, 1282, for his bravery and valiant conduct, Anthony Tipton was knighted on the field of battle by King Edward 1st, as SIR ANTHONY de TIPTON. He was given a coat of arms on which was inscribed the motto "Causam Decidit" and at the top of the coat of arms was an upright hand holding a sword. The meaning of the coat of arms is "the sword in this hand caused the decision that ended the war".
In 1901, Mr. Thomas L. M. Tipton of Dunnville, Ontario said the Maryland and Virginia Tiptons were the descendants from Sir Anthony Tipton. It took a great deal of money to carry on the pomp and splendor of the title. It is not known why the prefix "Sir" and the "de" were dropped but it is supposed it was because of the expense.
All the early records show conclusively that the Tiptons were English, eminently so; tradition says that three brothers came to Maryland. Some say by way of Scotland others say by way of Ireland, but ultimately from the City of Tipton, Staffordshire, England, centuries old and whose parish records date from 1573.
In "The Tipton Family" by C. B. Heinemann, which was published in the Washington Post, December 23, 1934; the same being published on record in the Library of Congress, also the Newberry Library of Chicago, Illinois, it is stated that from this family has descended a great line of fighters and pioneers.