Stephen Hyde Cassan
Godfather, The Honorable John Hyde.
He entered as Gentleman Commoner of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, the 30th May 1811, and as a student of the
Middle Temple on the 24th October following he took the degree of B.A. On the 14th June 1815: proceeded
M.A. 22nd January 1818: was ordained Deacon 26th March 1815 and Priest on the 24th March 1816.
In 1820 while he was Curate of Frome he married Fanny , third daughter of Rev. William Ireland.
He was afterwards and for several years Curate of Mere in Wiltshire; where his literary inclinations received the
kind encouragemnet of Sir Richard Hoarre, of Stourhead. In 1824 he published a biographical work, entitled
Lives and Memoirs of the Bishops of Sherborne and Salisbury, from the year 705 to 1824. This work was
followed by - the Lives of the Bishops of Winchester, from Birnius the first Bishop of the West Saxons, to the
present time. 1827 2 vols. To this collection is prefixed a Bishops of Bath and Wells, from the earliest to the
present period, and was published 1829 - 2Vols. He also published a volume of Sermons, in 1829, and a
pamphlet against the repeal of the Test and Corporation Act.
In 1829, Stephen Hyde was elected a Fellow of the " Society of Antiquaries." In the same year a portrait was done
of him. It is not indicated anywhere that the portrait was done to commemorate this event, but it is possible. The
portrait is housed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.
In 1830 August 1st The Sheffield/Cassan Coat of Arms was granted to him. The Coat of Arms was inherited
through the marriage of Elizabeth Sheffield and Stephen Cassan in 1692. The Cassans were a family seated at
Sheffield House, Queen's County, Ireland and originally of French descent.
Arms :- Argent (silver), three oaks eradicated, two and one, Vert (green)
Crest:- Issuant from an earl's coronet, Proper (natural color), a boar's head and neck erased Or (gold), Langued
Motto:- Juvant Arva Parentum -- The Fields of our Ancestors delight
In 1836 he submitted the Cassan Family History/Pedigree to the College of Arms in London , England. The
information was reviewed and confirmed as being a truthful lineage back to the Kings of England, Ireland,
Scotland and France. As well he submitted Family information to many of the publications of his day. Some of
these publications were Burke's , The Gentleman's Magazine and the European Magazine.
Without his interest in Family History we would not know much about our family history today.