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4 May 2021

New Armorial: Crouch

I am delighted to advise that I have added a new Armorial to my website for the name Crouch. All credit goes to Andrew Crouch for doing all the research into the recorded Arms associated with the surname Crouch and also to Mark Anthony Henderson who emblazoned all the Arms.

15 April 2021

Kings of Arms: New Appointments

Further to my post on 24th March Kings of Arms: Changes ahead? two appointments have now been announced in The London Gazette.

THE QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 1 April 2021, to grant unto Timothy Hugh Stewart Duke, Esquire, the Office of Clarenceux King of Arms, vacant by the retirement of Patric Laurence Dickinson, Esquire, L.V.O.

THE QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 6 April 2021, to grant unto Robert John Baptist Noel, Esquire, the Office of Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, vacant by the promotion of Timothy Hugh Stewart Duke, Esquire.

The next anticipated vacancy will be when Thomas Woodcock, Garter, retires following his 70th birthday in May this year. The next most senior Herald is David White, Somerset.

3 April 2021

Royal Licence: Roger Manwaring Manwaring, 1809

US based eBay vendor, captain831, is offering for sale the 1809 Royal Licence for Roger Manwaring Parker to take the surname Manwaring. Roger was a minor at the time and the petition was made by his father, John Robert Parker of Upper Harley Street, in accordance with the wishes for Roger’s great aunt Mary Jones nee Manwaring.

The Rev’d Roger Manwaring Manwaring MA died in 1825 without issue aged 31.

The current price is USD999.00 approx £722.

Arms: Argent two bars Gules (a mullet for difference)
Crest: An Ass’s head erased proper haltered Or (a mullet for difference)

Dated: 20th February 1809

Garter: Sir Issac Heard
Clarenceux: George Harrison
Norroy: Ralph Bigland

London Gazette 1809

2 April 2021

Grant of Arms: Lt Col Sir Henry Dennis Readett-Bayley, 1919

Auctioneers Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham are offering for sale the 1919 Grant of Arms to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Henry Dennis Readett-Bayley, KBE, DL, JP (1878-1940) of Lenton Abbey in respect of the surname Readett when he assumed and adopted the surname Readett-Bayley in lieu of Bayley.

The live auction will be held on the 14th & 15th April. The auctioneer’s estimate is £100-£150.

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Gules fretty Or on a chief Argent three bears gambs erect Sable (Bayley) 2nd & 3rd Azure in chief two mullets and in base a trefoil slipped Or (Readett).
Crest: 1. A gryphon ejant Sable resting the dexter claw on a fret Or (Bayley)
Crest: 2. Upon a mount Vert in front of park pales proper a horse passant Gules bridled Or (Readett).
Motto: Swift and True
Dated: 25th February 1919

Garter: Henry Farnham Burke
Clarenceux: Charles Harold Athill

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families

27 March 2021

Revisited – Grant of Arms: John Gonning of Bristol, 1662

ebay vendor, diggerlee, is now offering for sale the 1662 Grant of Arms to John Gonning “formerly mayor now Alderman of the Citty of Bristoll” by Sir Edward Bysshe, Clarenceux. I covered the earlier auction on 10th March 2021 here. The current sale price is £4,500.

diggerlee has added more photographs that better show the text and the Arms themselves.

In my earlier post I mentioned that the name within the Grant had been modified to Gonning. The details on the reverse of the Grant, along with entry in Grantees of Arm, bear witness to this.

Gouning

Grant of Arms: Sir Bignell George Elliott 1921

Bourne End Auction Rooms are offering for sale the 1921 Grant of Arms to Sir Bignell George Elliott KBE JP of Northfield Highgate (1857-1933). He was closely involved with the Royal Commercial Travellers’ Schools.

The Auction will take place from 10:30 BST on 7th April 2021 at Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. The auctioneer’s estimate is GBP200 to GBP300.

Arms: Per fesse embattled Sable and Argent in chief three estoiles Or and in base as many oak trees proper.
Crest: In front of a dexter cubit arm vested Vert the hand proper grasping an axe palewise also proper three estoiles as in the Arms.
Motto: Perservere
Dated: 30th May 1921

Garter: Sir Henry Farnham Burke
Clarenceux: Charles Harold Athill

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families 1929

24 March 2021

Kings of Arms: Changes ahead?

At a recent Zoom AGM of the White Lion Society it was mentioned that two Kings of Arms at the College of Arms are due to retire in the next year or so.  The College has a retirement age of 70.  Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux, (I think) reached that age in November last year and Thomas Woodcock, Garter, will do so in May of this year.

I understand that promotion from Herald to King of Arms is based on seniority but straight seniority does not necessarily apply to the appointment of Garter.  Looking at Kings of Arms over the past 70 years, the only Norroy & Ulster King of Arms to become Garter is the present incumbent, Thomas Woodcock.  Both John Brooke-Little and David Chesshyre, who were in their late 60s, went from Norroy to Clarenceux and were in office for two or three years before retiring.  My guess is that the current Norroy, Timothy Duke, who is aged 67 will follow suit when Patric Dickinson stands down.

The two most senior Heralds in line for advancement are Robert Noel, Lancaster, and David White, Somerset.  Which will become the next Garter and Norroy & Ulster is anybody’s guess.  I doubt PaddyPower or Ladbrokes will give you any odds.  All I do know is that the new Kings of Arms will be younger than me.

11 March 2021

Augmentation of Arms: Gilbert Blane 1812

Auctioneers Reeman Dansie recently sold the 1812 Augmentation of Arms to Gilbert Blane (1749-1834). The Augmentation was made a few weeks before Blane was created a Baronet. He was a Scottish physician who instituted health reform in the Royal Navy. He saw action against both the French and Spanish fleets, and later served as a Commissioner on the Sick and Wounded Board of the Admiralty.

Gilbert was the fourth but third surviving son of Gilbert Blane of Blanefield, Kirk Oswald, Ayrshire. The Blane Arms were matriculated in Scotland 4th December 1809 by Andrew Blane of Blanefield, the eldest son & heir of Gilbert Blane (snr). The entry in the Lyon Register has a note that “The original Patent was produced at the Lyon Office 17 October 1879 by Captain Robert Arthur Blane 22nd Regiment residing at Brookside, Chester the arms are destined to the heirs male of the Patentee.

The Auction took place on 9th March 2021 with an auctioneer’s estimate of £500-£800. The hammer price was £3,300.

Augmentation: In the centre chief point an anchor erect entwined by a serpent proper
Arms: Argent on a fess Sable a mullet between two crescents of the field in base a rose Gules. Lyon Court 1809
Crest: A sword erect proper hilt and pomel Or
Motto: Paritur Pax Bello
Dated: 2nd November 1812

Garter: Sir Isaac Heard
Clarenceux: George Harrison
Norroy: Ralph Bigland

On personal note, these Arms are of some interest. My own Arms include Argent three Anchors Sable each entwined by a Serpent Gules which are in remembrance of my ggg-grandfather, Henry Plowman, who was a Naval Surgeon. Henry started his career at sea in 1801 during the last year of Gilbert Blane being a Commissioner on the Sick and Wounded Board of the Admiralty.

10 March 2021

Grant of Arms: John Gonning of Bristol, 1662

Tennants Auctioneers are offering for sale a number of documents including the 1662 Grant of Arms to John Gonning “formerly mayor now Alderman of the Citty of Bristoll” by Sir Edward Bysshe, Clarenceux.

Looking at the document, there seems to have been some “alteration” to the spelling of the Surname. The “ON” is in a different hand and ink. The entry in the Grantees of Arms has the spelling as GOUNING.

The auction is due at 10:30 10th March at Leyburn, North Yorkshire. Auctioneer’s estimate £500 – £700.

Arms: Gules three Guns barwise in pale Argent
Crest: The wheel of a gun Gules between two angel’s wings Argent.
Dated: 20th December 1662.

Clarenceux: Sir Edward Bysshe

1672 Visitation of Somerset & Bristol

Grant of Arms: William Phelps Vaile of West Malling 1827

Auctioneers, Dominic Winter Auctions, are offering for sale the 1827 Grant of Arms to William Phelps Vaile (1788-1869) of West Malling, Kent. William Vaile was a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

The auction is being held at South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire on 10th March 2021 with an Auctioneers’ estimate of £200-£300.

The text includes: “By tradition descended from a branch of the ancient family of VELE in the county of Gloucester but being unable from the loss of Family evidence to shew his descent therefrom.”

Arms: Ermine on a bend between two bendlets Azure each charged with three cross crosslets fitchy Or three calves statant Argent.
Crest: A mount Vert thereon in front two cross crosslets ftichy in saltire Gules a wolf’s head erased Azure in the mouth three ears of wheat Or.
Motto: Semper Paratuse
Dated: 3rd March 1827

Garter: Sir George Nayler
Clarenceux: Ralph Bigland

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families 1910

13 February 2021

Grant of Arms: Joseph Griggs of Loughborough 1898

Auctioneers Dominic Winter Auctions of South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, are offering for sale the 1898 Grant of Arms to Joseph Griggs Alderman and Mayor of the Borough of Loughborough.

Auction date 17th February2021, Auctioneer’s estimate GBP150-200.

The Arms were previously offered for sale in November 2020

14 January 2021

Grant of Arms: Rev’d John Kirby of Mayfield 1811

eBay vendor, ipswitches, is offering for sale the 1811 Grant of Arms to the Reverend John Kirby (1786 – 1844), Vicar of Mayfield. John Kirby was prominent in the rebuilding of Mayfield School, of which he was a trustee.

The Grant also extends to his brothers and sisters – “… to be borne by him and his descendants by this brothers George Kirby Thomas Kirby William Kirby Henry Kirby and Michael Kirby (the four younger being minors) and by his sisters Marthanna Anne-Ruth Jane-ruth and Mary..”.

Arms: Vert on a chevron erminois between three crosses pateé Argent as many roses Gules barbed and seeded Vert.

Crest: An elephant’s head erased ermine on the neck a torteau charged with a cross pateé as in the Arms.

Motto: Loyalty and Liberty

Dated: 30th April 1811

Garter: Sir Isaac Heard

Clarenceux: George Harrison

Bookplate

13 January 2021

Royal Licence: Heatley to Montgomery 1820

Auctioneers, Dix Noonan Webb, are offering for sale the Irish 1820 Royal Licence for Conway Heatley to use the Name & Arms of Montgomery.

Auctioneer’s estimate: GBP180 to GBP 220 – Sold for GBP550.

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure three fleurs de lys Or 2nd & 3rd Gules three gen rings Or stoned Azure on an inescutcheon Gules a sword and sceptre in saltire proper within a bordure Or a double tressure flory counter flory Gules.

Crest: On a chapeau a dexter gauntlet erect holding a dagger proper.

Motto: Honneur Sans Repos

Dated: 4th September 1880

Ulster: Sir William Betham

An extract from The Montgomery Manuscripts:

Colonel Wm. Montgomery left three children viz.: one son, also named William, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Anna Helena. The son was accidently killed, when a youth, at Killough, in the year 1736. Elizabeth died unmarried. Anna Helena married William Heatley, esq., of Riversdale, county of Wicklow, leaving by him three sons and a daughter, namely — I. Conway, a barrister-at-law ; 2. Wm. Campbell , an officer in the army ; 3. John Montgomery, a student in the Middle Temple ; and 4. Isabella, who died unmarried. The eldest son, Conway, in right of his mother, was permitted to assume the name and arms of Montgomery, in the year 1820.

Conway Heatley Montgomery left three children, viz. : 1. Frederick Campbell, a major in the 50th regiment. In 1835, he accompanied his regiment to New South Wales, where he received a grant of lands, and retired from the service ; 2. Caroline, married to Hugh Cathcart, esq., heir to his uncle, sir Andrew Cathcart of Killoughan castle, Ayrshire; and 3. Augusta, married to the late Thomas Sinclair, esq., of Belfast.

Grant of Arms: Roger de Byron-Faes 1983

Auctioneers, Dix Noonan Webb, are offering for sale the 1983 Grant of Arms to Roger August Alfred Faes de Byron-Faes (1914-2001) of Sentry Box Estate, Gunderman in NSW, Australia.

The auctioneer’s estimate is GBP100 to GBP140. Sold for GBP480.

Arms: Azure three swords palewise in fess point downwards hilts pommels and quillons Or overall a fess also Or a fess Gules and thereon three bees volant.

Crest: Out of a crown Or two eagles’ heads addorsed the dexter Gules and the sinister Azure in the beak of each a cinquefoil Gold.

Motto: FAE ET IUS

Dated: 14th December 1983

Garter: Sir Alexander Colin Cole

Clarenceux: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner

Norroy and Ulster: John Philip Brooke Brooke-Little

5 December 2020

Grant of Arms: Captain Walter Henry Smith 1863

Auctioneers, Andrew Smith & Son, are offering for sale the 1863 Grant of Arms to Captain Walter Henry Smith, HM Indian Military Forces. Walter Henry Smith (b 1828 d 1899) retired from the Bengal Staff Corps 20th July 1879 as Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Colonel. He was listed as a Major General in the 1881 census living at Botley in Hampshire.

The live auction is from 15th to the 16th December 2020 and has an auctioneer’s estimate of GBP250 to GBP350.

Smith Walter Arms 01

Smith Walter LP 01_InPixio

Smith Grantees

Arms: Azure on a bend engrailed between two fleurs-de-lis Argent three unicorns heads erased of the field.
Crest: An unicorn’s head quarterly Argent and Azure erased Or.
Motto: C’en Est Fait


Dated: 15 August 1862

Garter: Sir Charles George Young
Clarenceux: Robert Laurie

Smith AF

21 November 2020

Royal Licence: Richard Horton Horton-Smith 1905

Eastbourne Auctions are offering for sale the 1905 Royal Licence for Richard Horton Smith to take the name Horton in addition to and before Smith. The auction is from 27th November to 1st December. The auctioneer’s estimate is £50-£100.

This RL was included in the September 2019 sale which consisted of 4 Letters Patent connected with the Horton-Smith family – Four Grants of Arms: Horton-Smith.

Horton-Smith Arms2

Arms: 1st & 4th Argent two chevronnels invected between two demi gryphons couped respecting each other in chief and as many battle axes in saltire in base all Sable (for Smith) 2nd & 3rd Gules a stag’s head cabossed Or on a chief of the last a rose of the first between two thistles slipped and leaved proper (for Horton).
Crest 1: In front of a mound Vert thereon a greyhound couchant proper two battle axes in saltire Or (for Smith).
Crest 2: In front of two claymores saltirewise proper a spear erect Argent the whole encircled by an antique crown Or (for Horton).
Motto 1: Prèt À Tressaillir
Motto 2: Haut On Aspire

Dated: 2nd November 1905
Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

In 1903 Richard Horton Smith was Treasurer to The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and his Arms, Granted in 1900, are displayed in the Chapel.

Image courtesy of Baz Manning

7 November 2020

Grant of Arms: Joseph Griggs of Loughborough 1898

Auctioneers Dominic Winter Auctions of South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, are offering for sale the 1898 Grant of Arms to Joseph Griggs Alderman and Mayor of the Borough of Loughborough.

Auction date 11th to 12th November 2020, Auctioneer’s estimate GBP200-300.

Griggs Arms2

Griggs LP2

Arms: Gules on a pale Argent between two ostrich feathers erect as many ostrich feathers also erect counterchanged.
Crest: In front of two ostrich feathers in saltire Gules a sword erect proper pomel and hilt Or the blade transfixed a leopard’s face also proper.
Motto: Secundo Curo

Dated: 27th May 1898

Garter: Sir Albert William Woods
Clarenceux: Walter Aston Blount.

Grantees - Griggs

AF - Griggs

31 October 2020

Unidentified Crest on Medical Set

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:09
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I have been asked if I could identify the above Crest on a set of medical instruments. The set was for surgery and bloodletting and was made by James Bernardeau of London circa 1740.

My attempt at a blazon:

Crest: A hand couped at the wrist erect holding a broken sword.

Looking through Fairbairn’s and the General Armory I found that it is close to some Richardson Crests.  However, those listed had longer Arms, with or without armour. e.g. Richardson of Field House, Whitby, Yorks: A dexter arm erect couped at the elbow holding in the hand a broken sword proper.

Any suggestions?

28 September 2020

Grant of Arms: Edward Bewley of Causa Grange 1905

Auctioneers, Laidlaw Auctioneers & Valuers, are offering for sale the 1905 Grant of Arms to Edward Bewley of Causa Grange (1830-1919) and to other descendants of his father, John Bewley (1788-1869).

Live Auction: 02 Oct 2020 09:30 BST to 04 Oct 2020 10:00 BST. Auctioneer’s estimate 40 GBP – 60 GBP

Unfortunately, the auction site does not display a picture of the Arms, just the lower portion of the Letters Patent.

Arms: Argent a chevron Sable between in chief two Cornish choughs’ heads erased proper and in base a rose Gules barbed Vert seeded Or.
Crest: An ibex’s head erased Argent attired Or and gorged with a chaplet of roses Gules
Motto: Virtutis Gloria Merces
Dated: 11th December 1905
Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Norroy: Sir William Henry Weldon

 

A transcript of the Letters patent can be seen here.

19 September 2020

2 Grants of Arms: 1) Sir Charles John Pain 1936, 2) Major Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young 1978

At the end of August the auctioneers, Amersham Auction Rooms, offered for sale two Grants of Arms.  (Link) The first was the 1936 Grant of Arms to Sir Charles John Pain of Elm Croft, Harlaxton Drive in the City of Nottingham.  The second was the 1978 Grant of Arms to Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young of Elmbridge Drive, Ruislip.

Sir Charles John Pain Arms

Sir Charles John Pain thumb

Sir Charles John Pain

Arms: Paly of six Argent and Vert on a chief enarched Azure an abacus between two garbs Or.
Crest: A lion rampant Gules bezantee holding between the forepaws a garb and resting the dexter hind paw upon an abacus Or.
Motto: Tenacitas Ac Modestia
Dated: 1st January 1936
Garter: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston
Norroy: Algar Henry Stafford Howard

Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young Arms

Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young Thumb

Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young

Arms: Azure an arrow palewise point upwards Or overall a saltire Argent surmounted by an orle counterchanged.
Crest: A horse forcene guardant Azure crined and unguled Or and a lion rampant guardant Argent combatant supporting a highland broadsword proper.
Motto: Tenacious of Purpose
Dated: 10th March 1978
Garter: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Clarenceux: John Riddell Bromhead Walker

Major Nigel R Rutherford-Young TD served with the London Scottish.

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