Vendor supermanifest is also offering for sale on eBay a bookplate from Heytesbury House, near Warminster in Wiltshire. Heytesbury House was the seat of the Barons Heytesbury of Heytesbury. The bookplate relates to the 2nd Baron, William Henry Ashe À Court later Holmes À Court.
Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, barry wavy of six, Or and Azure, in a canton Gules a lion of England passant guardant Or (for Holmes); 2nd and 3rd, per fess Or and paly of six erminois and Azure in chief an eagle displayed Sable beaked and membered Gules charged on the body with two chevronels Argent (for À Court). On an escutcheon of pretence the Arms of Holmes.
Crests: 1 Out of a naval crown Or an arm embowed in armour, the hand proper grasping a trident Azure headed Or (for Holmes); 2 An eagle displayed Sable charged with two chevronels Or beaked and legged Gules holding in the beak a lily slipped proper (for À Court).
Supporters: On either side an eagle, wings elevated Sable beaked and membered Gules each holding in the beak a lily slipped Proper
Motto: Grandescunt Aucta Labore (Increased by labour, they grow large).
In 1833 William married Elizabeth Holmes the eldest daughter and heiress of Sir Leonard Thomas Worsley Homes Bt. In the same year he received the Royal Licence to “take and use the surname of Holmes, in addition to that of À Court; that the said William Henry Ashe À Court may bear the arms of Holmes, quarterly in the first quarter, with his own arms; and that the said Elizabeth Worsley À Court may also bear the arms of Holmes;..”
In 1860, after inheriting the title, he received the Royal Licence on behalf of his children to “use the surname À Court in addition to and after, instead of before, that of Holmes, and that they may bear the arms of À Court quarterly in the first quarter with those of Holmes;..”
My interest in Heytesbury stems from the fact my great great grandfather, the Rev’d John Herbert Plowman MA, was a curate at Heytesbury from 1866 to 1879 and domestic chaplain to Lord Heytesbury from 1877 until 1879 when he got his own parish of Burbage, Wiltshire.
Vendor supermanifest is offering for sale on eBay the rather splendid bookplate of The Hon. Robert Henry Meade. Robert was the second son of the 3rd Earl of Clanwilliam.
Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a chevron ermine between three trefoils slipped Argent a crescent for difference 2nd Argent three peewits proper (for Magill) 3rd Per chevron Argent and Vert three hinds trippant proper (for Hawkins)
Sable a cross patonce within a bordure Or (for Lascelles).
Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable.
Motto: Tout Jours Prest (Always Ready)
Two things that caught my eye;
- The bookplate is dated 1879 and the impaled Arms are those of his first wife,Lady Mary Elizabeth Lascelles, who died in 1866. Robert remarried in 1880.
- The 2nd & 3rd quarters have been displayed as grandquarters by other members of the family. They are from the 1st Earls wife, Theodosia, the only child and heir of Robert Hawkins Magill. Burke’s General Armory lists the Arms for the Magill quarter as “Azure three peewits Argent“.
I recently had the privilege of being “enclothed” as a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of the City of London. In anticipation of that event, I ordered a copy of Brian Brooks & Cecil Humphery-Smith’s A History of The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of London (2001) via World of Books Ltd. When I settled down to start reading the history I was delighted to find that the book contained the bookplate of Peter Duncan Esslemont. I knew of Peter through my membership of The White Lion Society and The Heraldry Society. Peter became a Liveryman of the Scriveners in 1986 and was due to become Master in 2011 but ill health stopped him taking office.
Arms: Or a rocky mount with verdure its base in the form of an ‘S’ the convex part to the dexter and the concave part to the sinister all proper on a chief Azure a garb also Or banded Gules between two boars’ heads couped Or.
Crest: A lymphad Azure mast rigging and sails furled proper and flagged Gules.
Motto: Semper Providere
Matriculated in the Court of the Lord Lyon, 21 March 1979.
The Arms are an excellent example of modern punning.
The Canterbury Auction Galleries‘ next auction is on the 7th & 8th February 2017 and includes Lot 419 the 1884 Grant of Arms to James Smith Eastes (b.1827 d.1902) of Fairlawn, Ashford, Kent. The estimate is £150 – £200.
Arms: Azure on a chevron invected ermine between three fleurs-de-lis Argent two ears of wheat stalked and leaved chevronwise proper all within an orle Or.
Crest: In front of a garb Or three fleurs-de-lis Azure.
Motto: Palma Perseverantie
Mr James Smith Eastes was a Corn & Seed merchant which is reflected in the Crest and on the chevron. At probate is estate was valued at £20,688 1s 10d. He had six children:
- James Eastes b.1865 m.1891 (Alice Caroline Browne) d.?
- Mary E Eastes b.1867
- Florence Heberden Eastes b.1871
- Mabel Eastes b.1872
- Alice Mary Eastes b.1875
- Frank Robinson Eastes b.1876 m.1919 (Dorothy Mabel Woledge) d.1919
On sale at eBay until 5th January 2017 is the 1953 Grant of Arms and Badge to Kenneth Powell Leach (b.1920 d.1980) [vendor makov25]. Sergeant, later Flight Lieutenant, Kenneth Leach was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in 1943 whilst with 235 Squadron RAF.
Arms: Ermine a Star of sixteen points Or on a chief dancettée Gules three Ancient Crowns of the second.
Crest: In front of two Wings conjoined in base Argent a Leech erect proper.
Motto: Spes Non Fracta
Badge: Out of an Ancient Crown Or a Wyvern’s head Sable.
The Salesroom website has details of Leach’s DFM which was sold with the medals of his pilot, Sergeant D.W. Chapman – link.
“The Salesroom“, an auction website, has details from Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions May 2015 catalogue of the 1935 Grant of Arms to Philip Ernest Hill (b.1873 d.1944) of Brook Street in the City of Westminster.
Arms: Or a chevron Azure between in chief two roses Gules barbed and seeded proper and in base on a mount Vert a tower of the third within park pales Sable.
Crest: A stag’s head Or attired Sable the neck entwined with a snake Vert striking at the throat.
Badge: A stag’s head erased Or attired Sable the neck charged with a rose Gules barbed and seed proper and entwined with a snake Vert striking at the throat.
Motto: Propositi Tenax
Philip Hill bought Sunninghill Park in 1936. The property was purchased by the Crown Estate in 1945 from his estate as a possible home for the Princess Elizabeth. When he died in 1944 he left a gross estate of £3,008,327. However, there were some complications with the estate because the London Gazette published a notice in 1956 seeking those who had a claim on part of his estate.
Reigal Art & Antiques are advertising the 1779 Grant of Arms to Charles Purvis of Darsham, Suffolk for £500.
The text does include some genealogical details; Charles Purvis eldest son and heir of Rear Admiral Charles Wager Purvis and grandson of Captain George Purvis Royal Navy.
Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms
Arms: Azure on a fess Argent between three mascles Or as many cinquefoils of the field.
Crest: A sun rising Or out of a proper.
Motto (over): Clarior e Tenebris
On sale at eBay until 27th November is the 1890 Grant of Arms to the Rev’d John Burleigh James of Vanbrugh Fields, Blackheath (vendor makov25). The Rev’d James was originally granted Arms on 10th July 1882, Burke’s General Armory gives the blazon as;
Arms: Per pale Gules and Or on a fess indented between three unicorns’ heads erased as many escallops all counterchanged.
Crest: An unicorn’s head Or encircled by a chaplet of roses proper.
The 1890 Letters Patent “requested the favour of His Grace’s Warrant for our making and granting such alterations accordingly to be borne and used by him and his descendants and by the other descendants of his father..“.
Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms
Arms: Gules on a fess nebuly between three unicorns’ heads erased Argent as many escallops proper in the centre chief point a Passion cross of the second.
Crest: A unicorn’s head erased Argent charged on the neck with an escallop Gules and supporting in the mouth a Passion cross also Gules.
1929 Edition, Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families
The 1887 Grant of Arms to Alfred Edward Kitching (b.1858 d.1938) of Ayton Firs is on sale on eBay (vendor diggerlee). Alfred was the father of the 1908 Olympic Rower Harold Edward Kitching (b.1885 d.1980), later Colonel.
The Grant of Arms in on sale for £2,950.00 and was been listed on eBay earlier this year.
Arms: Gules on a chevron embattled counter embattled Argent between three Bustards close of the last a gryphon’s head erased between two crosses patonce of the first.
Crest: Upon the battlements of a tower proper a Wyvern wings elevated Vert gorged with a collar gemel Argent resting the dexter foot a cross patonce Or between two roses Gules stalked and leaved proper.
Motto: Nunquam Non Fidelis
The 1900 Grant of Arms to George Alexander Stephen (1815-1908) in Australia is on sale on eBay (vendor stuartw6956). It is currently listed for £499.99.
Arms: Argent on a chevron invected between two crescents in chief and an escallop in base Gules a sinister hand couped at the wrist between two mullets Or.
Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable between on the dexter a decrescent and on the sinister an increscent holding in either beak an estoile all Or.
Motto: Vi et Armis (By force and by arms)
The Arms are a variation of those granted to Sir James Fitzjames Stephen Bart in 1891. Both are described in Fox -Davies’ Armorial Families as “descending from Ardendraught, Aberdeenshire”.
Arms: Argent on a chevron between two crescents in chief and a sinister hand couped at the wrist in base Gules an escallop between two mullets of the first.
Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable resting the dexter claw on an increscent and the sinister on a decrescent both Or.
Motto: Sursum (Upwards)