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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 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.

Lister Rev Anthony2

Arms: Ermine on a fesse Sable three mullets Argent (for Lister)
Crest: A stag’s head proper
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.


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.


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.


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.


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






20 December 2014

Bookplate: Colin Campbell BAILLIE

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 16:05

There is a bookplate for Colin Campbell Baillie on Sale at eBay by vendor prexiepost.


Baillie-Colin Campbell

The vendor is unsure of the identity of Colin Campbell Baillie.  I have had a look at this and my results are that he was the son of Hugh James Baillie and Joyce/Jessie Mills, the grandson of James Baillie and Colin(a) Campbell and the great grandson of Colin Campbell of Glenure and Janet Mackay of Bighouse.  He was born in 1818 and in 1856 married Anne Catherine Strickland (nee Fitzgerald), a widow.  He died, without issue, on the 16th March 1889 at Glenure House, Charlton Kings near Cheltenham.

My attempt at the blazon is;

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure nine estoiles three three two and one Argent (for Baillie) 2nd Grand Quarters i & iv Gyronny of eight Or and Sable ii Argent a galley Sable iii Or a fess chequy Argent and Azure (for Campbell) 3rd Azure on a chevron Or between three bears’ heads couped Argent muzzled Gules a roebuck’s head erased enclosed by two hands issuant from the ends of the chevron each holding a dagger proper (for Mackay)

Crest: A boar’s head couped proper.

Motto: Quid Clarius Astris

A version of the Arms are displayed in the 1898 book “A History and Genealogy of the family of Baillie of Dunain, Dochfour and Lamington”, where in the bears’ heads are now boars as well differences with the chevron.  However, the latter might need to be taken with a bit of salt when it comes to accuracy.



I would welcome any other insights into these Arms.




30 November 2014

Bookplate: Shanly

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 12:19
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A bookplate for the name Shanly is on sale at eBay by the vendor klunder1928.  The Arms are an interesting mix of per chevron and per pale;


Burke’s General Armory gives the following blazon;

Shanly (Fearnaght, co. Leitrim).
Arms: Per chevron Vert and per pale Or and Ermine a chevron ermines in chief three estoiles of the second and in the dexter base a lion rampant Gules.

Crest: An arm in armour embowed proper the hand also proper grasping a broken sword Argent hilt and pommel Or therefrom five drops of blood.

Motto: Pro patria et religione.

The name Shanly is not included in the three volumes that record Sir Augustus Wollaston Frank’s bequest of British & American bookplates to the British Museum.


29 November 2014

Jeremiah Devlin -Grant of Arms 1873

There is a rather splendid Grant of Arms to Jeremiah Devlin of New York and to other descendants of his father on sale at eBay, vendor steampunkannie.  The Grant is signed by Sir John Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms.  The sale ends 29th December 2014 and the price is set to US$1,198.


Jeremiah Devlin of New York

Arms:  Azure an Irish cross Or between three mullets Argent.

Crest:  A griffin passant Gules charged on the shoulder with an Irish cross as in the Arms.

Motto:  Crux Mea Stella

Update:  11th December 2014; the sale “was ended by the seller because there was an error in the listing”.  It will be interesting to see if it is re-listed.


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