Sir Michael Smith of Carrington, Knight

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Sir Michael Smith of Carrington, Knight

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Carrington, Greater Manchester, UK
Death: Died in Carrington, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Adam de Karinton and Lady Unknown Smyth, of Carrington
Husband of Lady Cecily Smith-Smythe, of Carrington
Father of Sir William Smith, Knight, of Carrington
Brother of William de Carinton

Occupation: Knight Standard Bearer for king Richard, Knight
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About Sir Michael Smith of Carrington, Knight

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Take this with many grains of salt:

In 1399 when King Richard II was deposed, Michael's descendant, John of Carrington had to flee the country and changed his name to (back to??) Smythe and later returned to England.

John Smythe considered to be the founder of the 'Templar" Smyths of Cressing Temple. This suggests that that Sir Michael Smythe (Carrington) in 1187 was associated with the Templar Order.


  • Joined the Third Crusade in 1187 A.D. led by King Richard Coeur de Lion.
  • Standard Bearer for King Richard I. A version of King Richard's initial battle flag to the right - now with three red lions. The crosses crosslet will become a reoccuring symbol in the male line of the Smythes.
  • Scaled the walls of Acre with four other men and opened the gates to the armies of the Crusades.
  • Knighted at the Siege of Acre by King Richard I in 1191 and given Aston Hall.
  • Motto Exaltabit Honore may come from Psalm 112, “His horn shall be exalted.” Supposed to have gained the motto at the siege of Acre, where Michael Carrington behaved with such courage that Richard Coeur de Lion took off his crown and placed it over the helm, bearing a unicorn’s head, of our ancestor. Or... it may have come from Psalm 92, in which the actual words “horn shall be exalted like that of the unicorn” appear with the belligerent reference to enemies seems more appropriate to a Crusader.
  • Died in the Holy Land.


William of Carrington Smith Smythe + William Smith Parents Sir Adam of Carrington Smyth 1154 -- 1192 Lady ______ Smith Carrington 1154 -- 1200 Spouses Lady Michael Carrington (+3)

   Cecily Massey (+2)[Sir Michael Lord Carrington Smyth] Birth 1170 England, Cheshire, Carrington

Death England, Cheshire, Carrington 

Please note that the Carrington / Smith pedigree was fabricated in the Tudor Era and further embelleshed in the Victorian Era, and exposed by J. Horace Round, "the father of modern genealogy," in his 1910 article, Page 137 of Peerage and pedigree : studies in peerage law and family history, vol. 2. "The Great Carington Imposture."

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Sir Michael Smith of Carrington, Knight's Timeline

Carrington, Greater Manchester, UK
December 10, 1205
Age 30
Carrington, Greater Manchester, England
Age 66
Carrington, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom