An excerpt from We Tipton and Our Kin
By the Rev. Ervin Charles Tipton of San Rafael, California 1975
For further details, please also see this forum thread.
For more details mentioning this legend and it’s credibility* (plus more Tipton research) see this site.
During the year 1282, one Anthony Tipton was a member of the English army. The Welsh were in rebellion against the English rule. Prince Llewellyn was the backbone of the Welsh resistance. King Edward of England decided to send an army into Wales to crush the rebellion. The big showdown came at the Battle of Snowdon Mountain where the Welsh were completely annihilated.
Anthony Tipton acquitted [?] himself so heroically that he was knighted by Edward I the following day, which came about in the following manner: At the defeat of the Welsh army, Price Llewellyn escaped on a horse, crossing the bridge of Bulith, closely pursued by Anthony Tipton. Both were clad in a coat of armor and mounted on a horse equipped with shield, hand sword and lance. The Prince entered a wooded country and suddenly turned to give battle to his pursuer, and the duel was on! As they charge towards each other, Tipton maneuvering for the strike with his long lance, suddenly thrust it forward and paired the armor of the Prince, who fell to the ground mortally wounded.
Anthony dismounted to search his victim for valuable papers, and discovered the had slain the Prince of Wales, the man most wanted by King Edward I.
The next day, December 22, 1282, Anthony was knighted on the site of battle by King Edward as; Sir Anthony de Tipton**, and even a coat of arms with this motto, “Causam Decidit.” and at the top of the Coat of Arms was a crest which consisted of an upright hand holding a sword, all of which means, “Hoc glaudium Causam Dequidit hellorium” (This sword in this hand caused the decision that terminated the war)
*It is debated whether or not Sir Anthony Tipton was the one who killed the Prince but it has become a legend all the same.
**The title of “Sir” and “De” were dropped eventually due to the expense of keeping it up.