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Here are some Fowler stories and accounts over the years:

Richard Fowler at the Third Crusade

Richard Fowler of Foxley accompanied King Richard the Lion Hearted to Palestine in 1191 during the Third Crusade.  He took with him and maintained during this crusade a body of British bowmen, all of whom were his own tenants at his Foxley estate in Buckinghamshire.

It was during this crusade that the Fowler coat of arms came into existence.   At Acre, a crucial stage had been reached in the campaign when the enemy surprised the Crusader camp one night.  Richard Fowler and his skilled bowmen were keeping watch and, through their gallant fighting, held the enemy at bay until the rest of the army had been awakened, thus saving the forces of King Richard from destruction.  In reward for his service Richard Fowler was created a nobleman and received with this honor a large grant of land and the privilege of a coat-of-arms.

The Fowler coat bears a helmet of silver, representing nobility; above the helmet is a wreath - symbol of chivalry, the emblem presented the favorite knight by a lance during a

Fowlers in the 1881 UK Census

Numbers (000's)

Fowler's Match

In 1910 public school cricket in England was important, no more so than the annual match between the two elite schools, Eton and Harrow, held at the home of cricket, Lord's in London.  

Playing in this particular two-day match was one who would later become a Field Marshal (Alexander), another an Air Vice-Marshal (Blount), and a third an Attorney General (Moncton), together with various sons of nobility.  But it was another schoolboy playing in the match, Robert St. Leger Fowler, who would become famous for what he did.

He dominated with both bat and ball, as the scores below suggest:

Harrow 232 (Fowler 4-90) and 45 (Fowler 8-23)
lost to
Eton 64 (Fowler 21) and 219 (Fowler 64)
nine runs.

However, these simple facts do not show the drama of the occasion.  Eton appreared to be losing when they were required to follow on and were  subsequently 65-5.  But Fowler's innings rallied the side and they ended their second innings 55 runs ahead.  It was Fowler's sensational bowling figures of 8-23 which saw Eton squeeze home by nine runs.  When the last wicket went down, it was said that the cheering from St. John's Wood could be heard as far away as London Zoo in Regent's Park and Paddington Station.

After the match, the cricket journal Wisden exclaimed: "In the whole history of cricket, there has been nothing more sensational;" while The Times opined: "A more exciting match can hardly ever have been played."

For Fowler, everything afterwards in his life was anticlimax.  He fought in the trenches during World War One, but died an early death of leukemia at the age of 34 in 1925.

Robert Fowler's Voyage on the Woodhouse

In 1659 Robert Fowler penned a narrative of his voyage on the Woodhouse with eleven other Quakers from Yorkshire to Long Island two years earlier.  He described the voyage as follows:

"A true relation of the voyage undertaken by me Robert Fowler, with my small vessel called the Woodhouse, but performed by the Lord, like He did Noah's Ark wheri He shut up a few righteous persons and landed them safe, even at the hill Ararat."

Of the eleven who crossed the Atlantic, five of them landed at New Amsterdam on June 1 after a voyage from London of two months.  The rest left New Amsterdam in Robert Fowler's vessel on June 3 and, passing through Long Island Sound, reached Newport, Rhode Island safely.

The House of Fowler

Grover P. Fowler's 1940 book The House of Fowler. covered the descendants of John Fowler from Wiltshire who came on the Hopewell in 1662 and settled in Henrico county, Virginia.

The table of contents of this book reads as follows:

Chapter I. The Fowlers and their name  
Chapter II. John Fowler, the first in America  
Chapter III. Descendants of John Fowler, oldest son of Godfrey Fowler  
Chapter IV. Descendants of Mark Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler  
Chapter V. Descendants of Richard Fowler, son of Mark Fowler  
Chapter VI. Godfrey Fowler, the second, and his descendants
Chapter VII. Thomas Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler the second  
Chapter VIII. Richard Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler, the second 
Chapter IX. John Fowler, son of Richard Fowler of Laurens, S. C.  
Chapter X. Francis Fowler, son of Godfrey Fowler, the second 
Chapter XI. Capt. Moses T. Fowler of Greenville County, South Carolina  
Chapter XII. William Perry Fowler of Spartanburg County, South Carolina  
Chapter XIII. Fairview Presbyterian Church and history of Spartanburg County, South Carolina  
Chapter XIV. Thomas Fowler of Spartanburg County, S.C. and Cobb County, Ga  
Chapter XV. Nicey Fowler Peden Family, and her son, Mark Simpson Peden  
Chapter XVI. Mark Fowler Family of Cobb County, Ga., and the Cassandra Fowler Cooper Family of Laurens, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, S.C., and the Aris Fowler Family  
Chapter XVII. America Fowler and Cynthia Eliza Fowler Wallace Families  
Chapter XVIII. History of Greenville County, S.C.  
Chapter XIX. Descendants of Joseph Fowler of Wake County, North Carolina  
Chapter XX. Godfrey Fowler of Wake County North Carolina  
Chapter XXI. Descendants of Bullard and Bathsheba Crudup Fowler of Carroll County, Tenn., and William and Mourning Crudup Fowler of Wake County, North Carolina  
Chapter XXII. Descendants of Joseph Fowler of Wake County, North Carolina and Greene County, Tenn. Chapter XXIII. Miscellaneous Fowler records, including those of William Fowler of Laurens, S.C., and Joshua Fowler of Laurens County, S.C. Records of Richmond and Bedford Counties, Virginia 
Chapter XXIV. Records of Alexander Fowler of Goochland, Va., and Sherwood Fowler of Amelia County, Va. and Marshall County, Tenn.

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