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22 January 2011

Bond of Neston – Heraldic Seal

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 16:37
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My colleague Martin Goldstraw of Whitecairns (Cheshire Heraldry) passed on a challenge to try to identify some of the components of a seal used by the Bond family of Neston.

Through the power of Google and various heraldic reference books my stab at the blazon is:

1st Bond – Argent on a chevron Sable three bezants.
2nd Povey – Sable a bend engrailed between six cinquefoils Or.
3rd Osbaldeston of Harbens– Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent a mascle between three pellets Sable (Osbaldeston) 2nd & 3rd Quarterly Argent and Sable in each quarter a leopard’s head counterchanged (Koverdale)
4th de Saint Amand – Or, fretty and on a chief sable three bezants.

Various publications give some clues to the Bond ancestry:

Burke’s Extinct Baronetage shows that a Bond (of Peckham)  married a Povey and a Osbaldeston of Harbens (a cadet of Osbaldston of Chadlington).
The Visitation to Lancaster records that one of the quarters used by Osbaldeston of Osbaldeston was Koverdale.
The Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, Volume 4, page 368 shows St Amand ancestry for Osbaldston of Chadlington.

What is not yet clear is whether or not the family of Bond of Neston are related to the Bonds of Peckham &/or if the quarters used in the seal are “heraldically lawful”.

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Gillibrand to Fazakerley – Royal Licence 1814

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:50
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In November 2010 the Royal Licence for Henry Harwarden Gillibrand to take the Name and Arms of Fazakerley was sold on eBay.  The licence is dated 4th August 1814 and was signed by Isaac Heard, Garter and Ralph Bigland, Norroy Kings of Arms.

Part of the document reads:



..had been pleased to give and grant unto Henry Harwarden Gillibrand an infant second son of Thomas Gillibrand of Gillibrand Hall in the county Palatine of Lancaster Esquire on the petition in his behalf of Gilbert Ford clerk and John Clarke Esquire acting trustees and executors of the last will and testament of Samuel Harwarden Fazakerley late Fazakerley and afterwards Liverpool both in the said county Palatine Esquire deceased His Majesty’s Royal Licence and Authority that the said Henry Harwarden Gillibrand may assume and take and from henceforth use the surname of Fazakerley only instead of his own family name of Gillibrand and also bear the Arms of Fazakerley quarterly with those of Gillibrand Fazakerley in the first quarter in compliance with the injunction contained in the said will such Arms being first duly exemplified according to the Laws of Arms and recorded in the Heralds Office otherwise His Majesty’s said Licence and Permission to be void and of none effect.

And forasmuch as the said Earl Marshall did by Warrant under his hand and seal bearing date the seventeenth day of the same month authorize and require us to exemplify such Arms of Fazakerley and Gillibrand accordingly.

The blazon is given as:



Quarterly first and fourth Fazakerley viz Emine three bars Vert and for distinction a canton Gules second and third Gillibrand viz Argent two swords in saltire points upwards Sable pomels and hilts Or.

Interestingly there is no record of the Crest in the document nor in the emblazon.

The document sold for £210.


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