The sale on eBay of the 1923 Grant of Arms to Richard Christopher Sennett of DeVere Gardens (Vendor: ephemeralmayfly) completed on 11th March for £102. The Arms were previously included in Barnes Auctions March 2015 auction catalogue.
Arms: Or three cygnets in pale wings elevated purpure between two swords erect Gules.
Crest: Upon a sennett Or barracuda fessways proper a cygnet wings elevated purpure.
Motto: Sine Macula
Richard Christopher Sennett was born in 1862, married Amy Georgina Hughes in 1887 and died in 1947. He was Sheriff of the City of London in 1923-24 and knighted in 1924. They had two sons:
- Richard Hughes Sennett b.1888 d.1978
- Noel Stanton Sennett b.1892 m.1919 Annie MacDonald d.1985 He had one son;
- Alan Macdonald Sennett b.1921 Killed in Action 1944 aged 23.
The bookplate of James Brodie of Brodie is on sale at eBay with a starting price of £7.50. (Vendor postcardspostcards )
From the Brodie family tree, James was the 21st Thane of Brodie born in 1744 and died in 1824
Arms: Argent a chevron Gules between three mullets Azure.
Crest: A right hand holding a bunch of arrows all proper.
Supporters: Two savages wreathed about the head and middle with laurel each holding a club resting against his shoulder proper.
To see more recorded Arms for Brodie, visit my Brodie Armorial.
Another sale on eBay; the Grant of Arms to William Philip Park of Altadore, Fulwood, Lancs dated 1875. (Vendor makov25.) The starting price is £350.00.
Arms: Or a fess invected chequy Azure and Argent between three stags’ heads caboshed in chief and one in base Gules.
Crest: Upon a mount Vert a stag’s head caboshed Gules between two marigolds slipped proper.
Motto: Providentiae Me Committo (I commit myself to Providence)
The 1882 Grant of Arms to Thomas Dixon of Rhoda in Cumberland is on sale on eBay with a starting price of £199.99 (Vendor solwayantiques). The Arms are framed.
Arms: Azure on a pale Argent a fleur de lis of the first a chief engrailed Ermine.
Crest: In front of a cubit arm grasping a scymetar proper pomel and hilt Gold a staff raguly fesswise Or.
Motto: Quod Dixi Dixi (What I have said, I have said)
The sale on eBay of has recently ended of the Irish Confirmation of Arms to John Lothrop Motley Sheridan of Frampton Court (b.1876 d.1946), Dorset(vendor: hollowayfineart). Sale price £280.00
The Confirmation was on the basis of his descent from the Rev’d Thomas Sheridan (b.1687 d.1738) who married Elizabeth McFadden the only daughter and heiress of Charles McFadden of Quilea, County Cavan. The Confirmation is signed by Thomas Ulick Sadleir, Deputy Ulster King of Arms.
Arms: 1st & 4th Argent a lion rampant between three trefoils Vert (for Sheridan) 2nd & 3rd Pean a talbot passant Argent (for McFadden).
Crest: Out of a ducal coronet Or a stag’s head proper.
Motto: Cervus Lacessitus Leone
On eBay of the Grant of Arms in 1907 to Evan Davies Jones is offered for sale (vendor Lee Burgess – diggerlee). In 1917 Evan Jones was created the 1st Baronet of Pentower. The title became extinct on the death of his son in 1952. His eldest and youngest sons were both killed in the First World War.
Arms: Argent a lion rampant Sable collared and chained over the back Or on a chief arched of the second two mullets of the first.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours upon a rock proper between two mullets Argent a lion as in the Arms.
Motto: Ehed a’i edyn ei hun.
The Arms of Sir Evan Jones as displayed in the 1929 edition of Armorial Families.
l to r: USS Thach, an RAF Officer, Plowman
In 1993* my father was granted the Arms: “Argent three Anchors Sable each entwined by a Serpent Gules on a Chief enarched nebuly Azure three Martlets rising Or“.
The “chief enarched nebuly” represented the curvature of the earth as seen when flying above the clouds during his career with the Royal Air Force and then with British European Airways/British Airways.
However, it would appear that this was not the first time that an enarched chief had been used in British Arms associated with an aviator. The January 1985 edition of the Middlesex Heraldry Society’s journal, The Seaxe, notes that an exhibition to celebrate the College of Arms’ Quincentenary displayed the Arms of an, as yet, unidentified Royal Air Force officer of “Argent a chief enearched nebuly Azure“.
In international heraldry, it may well have been first used around 1981 by the US Navy for the USS Thach. The ship was named after the outstanding Navy aviator, John Thach. The blazon for the ship’s Arms was: “Azure two chevronels couched fretted Argent interlaced with an anchor palewise Or, on a chief enarched nebuly of the last a trident head issuant from chief points to base Gules“. The rational for the design is given as;
“The enarched nebuly chief refers to the sky and naval aviation; the three tines of the red trident representing “Fighting Three” and Admiral Thach’s aggressive leadership of that squadron for which he was highly decorated. The interlaced chevronels and anchor emphasize the importance of naval air to the fleet and symbolize the “Thach Weave”, a fighter tactic developed by and named for Admiral John Smith Thach.”
*My father’s grant may well have set a record for the slowest to be granted, but that is another story.
On sale at eBay is a bookplate of Francis Fulford of Fulford in Devon (Vendor: london3621). Colonel Francis Fulford’s second wife was Mary Tuckfield, heiress to John Tuckfield of Little Fulford. The marriage effectively joined the two estates for Great Fulford and Little Fulford. However, Francis Fulford died without issue and his widow re-married but left the Little Fulford estate to a cousin. The Great Fulford estate passed to the Colonel’s cousin, (another) Francis Fulford.
Arms: Gules a chevron Argent (for Fulford)
on an escutcheon of pretence;
Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent three lozenges in fess conjoined Sable (for Tuckfield) 2nd Per pale Gules and Azure three close helmets Argent garnished Or (for Pyncombe) 4th Argent masonry Sable a chief indented Sable (for Reynell)
Crest: A bear’s head erased Argent muzzled Sable
Link to Recorded Arms for Fulford
The sale on eBay of the concluded on 30th October 2015 for £349.99 (Vendor: ephemeralmayfly) of the Letter Patent by the College of Arms dated 31st December 1849 granting Patrick Robert Gordon and his wife Maria (eldest daughter of Robert Canning late of Foxcote), by Royal License, the use of the Name of Canning after Gordon and quartering the Arms of Canning with those of Gordon.
Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent three negroes heads couped proper wreathered about the temples of the first and Sable for distinction a cross crosslet in chief of the last (for Canning) 2nd & 3rd Azure on a chevron ermine between three boars’ heads erased Or a stag’s head erased Or (for Gordon of Milrig)
Crest: A stag’s head erased proper (for Gordon of Milrig)
Motto: Dum Vigilo Tutus & (over the crest) By Dand
The Letters Patent also state:
“And the crest for Gordon (the Arms of Canning being set forth without a crest there not appearing any recorded to this branch of the family in the books of the College of Arms) as the same are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted to be born and used forever hereafter by him the said Patrick Robert Gordon Canning and (without the said distinction) by the issue of the marriage of the said Patrick Robert Gordon Canning and Maria his wife….”
However, the family seem to have used a Canning crest of “A demi-lion rampant Argent holding in the dexter pay a battleaxe proper” but retained the distinction in Burke’s Landed Gentry and the 1929 edition of Armorial Families:
The sale on eBay of the Letters Patent dated 21st July 1899 signed by the Lord Lyon, James Balfour Paul, granting Arms to Alexander Lawson of Annfield & Burnturk is due to close later today. (Vendor: rain_daisy_rain). The Grant extends not only to the Descendants of Alexander but those of his grandfather, John Lawson of Falkland.
Arms : Parted per saltire Or and Vert a saltire Gules on a chief of the second a garb between two cross crosslets fitchy of the first.
Crest: A garb Or banded Gules.
Motto: Te Splendente
The Arms were also listed in the 1929 edition of Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families;
The undifferenced Arms were re-matriculated on the 15th August 1955 by Major Alexander David Duncan Lawson of Blinkbonny (Vol 40 page 81). Major Lawson would appear to be the nephew of Alexander Lawson;
1. John Lawson married Catherine Adamson
1.1. Alexander Lawson of Annfield & Burnturk b.1813 married Janet Gray Duncan (d.1888)
1.1.1. Alexander LAWSON of Annfield & Burnturk b.1862 m.1899 Edith Isabel Dale
1.1.2. Margaret b.1864
1.1.3. Cathrine b.1866
1.1.4. William Lawson b.1867 m. Margaret Gladys Carstairs
18.104.22.168. Major Alexander David Duncan LAWSON of Blinkbonny b.1904
1.1.5. John Lawson b.1868 d.1944 m. Gertrude Ellis
1.1.6 Janet G b.1870