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1 January 2016

Arms for Aviators: Chief Enarched Nebuly

Chief Enarched Nebuly

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.

27 December 2015

Bookplate: Francis Fulford of Fulford 1699

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.

Fulford-Francis-1699

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

 

14 December 2015

Royal License: Patrick Robert Gordon Canning 1849

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.

 Gordon Canning Robert

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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:

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29 April 2015

Grant of Arms: Alexander Lawson of Annfield & Burnturk – 1899

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.

Lawson Alexander LP Arms2

 

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;

Lawson Alexander AF2

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
1.1.4.1. 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

 

 

26 April 2015

Bookplate: Rev’d Anthony Lister (later Marsden) (b.1777 d.1852)

Filed under: Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 17:03
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The eBay sale has just concluded for the bookplate of the Reverend Anthony Lister of Gargrave, vendor look-back-in-time.  In 1807 Lister married Mary, the daughter of William York.  In 1827 he changed his surname by Royal License to Marsden as a condition of inheriting an estate from John Marsden.  However, the legacy was subject to two legal challenges.  The second case did not find in his favour.

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Arms: Ermine on a fesse Sable three mullets Argent (for Lister)
Crest: A stag’s head proper
impaling
Arms: Ermine on a cross Azure a woolpack Or between four lions passant guardant Argent on a chief Gules a sword proper pommel and hilt Or surmounted by a key in saltire of the last (for York)

22 April 2015

Bookplate: William Mitford of Exbury (b.1744 d.1827)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 08:38
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Vendor prexiepost has on sale at eBay a bookplate of William Mitford of Exbury, Hampshire.  William is the ancestor of the famous “Mitford Sisters“.

This bookplate is listed in Franks’ “Catalogue of British & American Book Plates” under the reference 20768.

 

Mitford William Bookplate2

Arms: Quarterly 1st Argent a fesse between three moles Sable (for Mitford) 2nd Sable a maunch Argent (for Wharton) 3rd Sable three roses Argent seeded Or (for Powell) 4th Argent a chevron engrailed Gules between three estoiles of sixteen points Azure (for Reveley)

Crest: A dexter and sinister hands couped proper supporting a sword in pale Argent pommelled Or pierced through a boar’s head Sable tusked gold couped Gules

 

 

Mitford William lineage

5 January 2015

Bookplate: Richard Joseph Sulivan (1752-1806)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:17
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Vendor look-back-in-time has on sale at eBay the bookplate of Richard Joseph Sulivan of Thames Ditton.  The bookplate would appear to date from between 1778 when he married Mary Lodge and his receipt of a Baronetcy in 1804.

Bookplate Sulivan Richard Joseph

Arms: Per fess the base per pale, in chief Or a dexter hand couped at the wrist holding a sword erect proper hilted Gules the blade entwined with a serpent proper between two lions rampant respectant of the second the dexter base Vert charged with a buck trippant Or on the sinister base per pale Argent and Sable a boar passant counter-changed.

Impaling: Gules a lion rampant Argent crusily of the field within a bordure flory Argent (for Lodge)

Crest: On a ducal coronet Or a robin holding in the beak a sprig of laurel proper.
Motto: Lamh foisdineach an uachtar (What we gain by conquest we secure by clemency).

Bookplate: Davies Gilbert formerly Giddy

The bookplate of Davies Gilbert PRS (1766-1839), formerly Giddy, is on sale at eBay, the vendor is bungalowblondie2.  Davies Giddy was the only son of Rev’d Edward Giddy and Catherine Davies. Catherine was heiress to her father and was one of the co-heirs to the Barony of Sandys of the Vine which fell into abeyance in 1683 after the death of the 8th Baron.

Gilbert-Gazette

In 1808 Davies Giddy married Mary Anne Gilbert.     Following the death of Mary’s uncle, Davies Giddy took the Name and Arms of Gilbert.

Gilbert-Davies Bookplate2

Arms: Quarterly 1st Argent on a chevron Gules three roses of the field with a canton Gules for difference (for Gilbert)
2nd Or a fess engrailed Vert in chief a lion passant Gules in base three torteaux two and one (for Giddy)
3rd Argent a fess ermines between three pierced mullets Gules (for Davies)
4th Argent three bendlets Sable on a canton of the last a cross of the first (for Noye)
5th Or a fess indented between three crosses crosslet fitchy Gules (for Sandys of Ombersley)
6th Argent a cross raguly Sable (for Sandys of the Vine )

With an escutcheon of pretence
Argent on a chevron Gules three roses of the field (for Gilbert)

Crest:A squirrel sejant Gules cracking a nut Or charged on the shoulder with a cross crosslet gold for difference

Motto: Teg yw Hedwch

Their children bore the Arms without the canton Gules for difference.

 

 

31 December 2014

Grant of Arms: Thomas McKenny Hughes and George Ravensworth Hughes

There have been three Grants of Arms sold on eBay by vendor thebizaar that relate to one family.  The first of 1808, Sir Thomas McKenny Bt, I have already recorded.

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The second Grant of Arms (8th August 1905) was to Thomas KcKenny Hughes, grandson of Sir Thomas McKenny, and was sold for £102.

McKenney ThomasHughes Arms

Arms: Argent a lion rampant Gules on a chief enarched of the last two crosses couped of the field
Crest: A demi lion rampant Gules between two crosses couped Argent.
Motto: Fide Et Virtute Valeas

The third Grant of Arms (20th June 1955) was to George Ravensworth Hughes and sold for £112.  George was Thomas KcKenny Hughes’ second but eldest surviving son.  His brother was killed in World War One.

Hughes-Arms2

Arms: Sable a covered cup Or encircled by a chaplet of Honeysuckle flowered proper.
Crest: Issuant from a coronet composed of four sprigs of Honeysuckle the stalks cojoined and embellishing the rim Or a cubit arm vested Gules the hand gauntleted proper and grasping a roll of parchment bend sinisterwise Argent.
Motto: Vincit Veritas

In October 1995 George Ravensworth Hughes recorded a Declaration at the College of Arms that he would thereafter bear his Arms quartered with those of his late father.  He also declared that he would only use the Crest granted to him.

Hughes-Quartered2

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Sable a covered cup Or encircled by a chaplet of Honeysuckle flowered proper 2nd and 3rd Argent a lion rampant Gules on a chief enarched of the last two crosses couped of the field.
Crest: Issuant from a coronet composed of four sprigs of Honeysuckle the stalks cojoined and embellishing the rim Or a cubit arm vested Gules the hand gauntleted proper and grasping a roll of parchment bend sinisterwise Argent.
Motto: Vincit Veritas

 

25 December 2014

Bookplate: Sir Edmund Antrobus Bt

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:25
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Antrobus is one of the names covered in my Armorial and eBay now has on sale the bookplate of Sir Edmund Antrobus Bt, the vendor is look-back-in-time.

Antrobus Bookplate

The blazon (107th Edition Burke’s Peerage):

Arms: Lozengy Or and Azures on a pale Gules three estoiles of six points wavy of the first.
Crest: Issuing out of rays proper a unicorn’s head couped Argent horned and maned Or gorged with a wreath of laurel proper.
Supporters: Two horses proper.
Motto: Dei Memor Gratus Amicis

 

 

 

 

 

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