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18 January 2011

Peter Macara Meredith – Royal Licence 1902

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:48
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A Royal Licence dated 29th June 1902 is on sale at eBay.  The RL grants Peter Macara of Pentre Byshan Hall, Denbigh, authority to take and use the Surname of Meredith in addition to and after that of Macara and to bear the Arms of Meredith.  His wife was the daughter and heiress of Lt Col Henry Warter Meredith.

The RL is signed by Sir Albert William Woods (1816 – 1904, Garter Principal King of Arms), George Edward Cokayne (1825 – 1911, Clarenceux King of Arms) and Sir William Henry Weldon (1837 – 1919, Norroy King of Arms).

Arm: Azure a lion rampant Or in the dexter chief a crescent Argent.

Mantling: Azure and Or

Crest: On a wreath of the colours a lion’s head erased proper.

Motto: Heb Dduw heb ddim a Duw a digon

Photographs courtesy of the vendor ephemeracity1


The 1929 Edition of Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families has the following entry:

Meredith - Armorial FamiliesIt seems that the late Lt.Col Henry Warter Meredith’s father, Henry Warter, also had a Royal Licence in 1824 to assume the name and arms of Meredith.

William Gaskell – Grant of Arms 1917

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:22
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The Grant of Arms to William Gaskell of the Indian Civil Service is on sale at eBay.  The details given are:

“Certificate for having The Armorial Bearings assigned to William Gaskell of the Indian Civil Service, Deputy Commissioner of The United Provinces, 53 x 65 cm, beautifully illustrated on vellum. Signed and dated 1917 by Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty as Garter Principle of Arms, Henry Weldon as Clarenceaux King of Arms and Henry Farnham as Norray King of Arms. With their cased wax seals. In Red & gilt tooled GV case of issue.”

The photographs provided give a good overall view of the Grant and the emblazonment of the Arms but little of the text.  Fortunately William Gaskell is listed in the 1929 edition of A R Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families:-

Arms: Per chevron Sable and Argent in chief a fleece of the last banded and horned Or and in base a lotus flower slipped and leaved proper.

Mantling: Sable and Argent.

Crest: On a wreath of the colours a representation of the head of Medusa the face Argent crined with snakes Azure.

Motto: Impiger Manu.

Date: 10 February 1917

Personal details:

William Gaskell C.I.E., M.A.

Born 14 Jan 1874 Died 1954

1897 Entered the Indian Civil Service.

1912 Deputy Commissioner & Joint Secretary Board of Revenue

1918 Magistrate & Collector

1920 Commissioner of Income Tax, United Provinces

1924 Opium agent, Ghazipur

1925 Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (C.I.E.)

1928 Officiating Member Central Board of Revenue

1932 Retired

Address in 1951: Hilliers, St. Mary Bourne, Andover, Hants

Photographs courtesy of the vendor, Andrew Litherland, ARL Collectables – (littlehaywards)

Hastings Rashdall – Grant of Arms 1934

Filed under: People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 09:58
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1934 Grant ofArms

The original Grant of Arms for Hastings Rashdall has appeared on eBay.  His widow, Constance, petitioned for confirmation of the Arms used by her late husband – An Inescutcheon and eight martlets in orle – “with such variations as might be necessary” for use on a memorial and by his descendants.

From past examples, where Arms have been used without “lawful authority”, the College of Arms has been reluctant to make a Grant of Arms identical to those used.  I would hazard a guess that this was made clear to Mrs Rashdall at the time of her initial petition judging by the wording above.  The Arms used by the Rev Rashdall seem very similar to the entry in Burke’s General Armory: –

Rashdale (Elland and Parnhill, co. York). Argent an inescutcheon beween eight martlets Sable.

The outcome is as below:

Arms: Sable an orle within four martlets and as many rose Argent barbed and seeded proper alternating in orle.

Crest: Upon a plate a martlet Azure.

Motto: Semper Fidelis

Date: 3rd July 1934

Photographs courtesy of the vendor rockyraf1

This sold for £180.00 plus P&P.


My thanks to Baz Manning for a copy of his work on behalf of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn where the Rev’d Rashall had been Preacher.


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