A rather well worn livery button on eBay caught my eye, particularly because it had an escutcheon of pretence in addition to impaling the Arms of the wife. I believe it to be the button of Sir Edmund Lacon, the first baronet. Born in 1750, in 1779 he married Eliza Knowles, daughter and co-heir of the Rev Thomas Knowles DD. They had one son Edmund. Eliza died in 1782. In 1783 Edmund married Sarah daughter of John Mortlock. Edmund Lacon was created a baronet in 1818 and died in 1820.
From the above my best guess at the blazon for the button is:
Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Quarterly per fess indented erminois and Azure in the second quarter a wolf’s head erased Or (for Lacon) 2nd & 3rd Azure a cross patonce Or (for Ward) an escutcheon of pretence Azure crusily of crosslets a cross moline voided Or (for Knowles)
Ermine a fret Azure on a chief engrailed Gules three fleurs de lys Or (for Mortlock)
Crest: A mount Vert thereon a falcon proper beaked and belled Or charged on the breast with a cross flory and gorged with a collar Gules.
Motto: Probitas verus honos (Integrity is true honour).
Image courtesy of the vendor, the-recycler33
The bookplate of George William Marshall (1839-1905) is currently being listed at eBay. In 1887 he was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms and in 1904 was promoted to be York Herald.
Marshall’s Grant of Arms was dated 2nd April 1867 to both his descendants and those of his uncle, William Marshall.
Arms: Barry of six Ermine and Azure a horseshoe Or between three bezants.
Crest: A bezant charged with a horseshoe Azure between two wings barry of six ermine and azure.
Motto: “Vi Martiali”
Incidentally, the engraving of the bookplate seems identical to that in various editions of Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families. His children & grandchildren are listed in 1929 as:
1. George Marshall b.1869 m.1898 Constance Marion Baldwin
1.1. George Humphrey Marshall b.1900
1.2. Malcolm Thomas Marshall b.1906
1.3. Christopher Marshall b.1907
1.4. Contance Alice Marshall
2. Rev William Marshall b.1875 m.1912 Margaret Anne Burlton
2.1. Richard Ambrose Marshall b.1920
2.2. Ethel Margaret Marshall
2.3. Joan Elizabeth Marshall
2.4. Physllis Ruth Marshall
2.5. Josephine Penelope Anne Marshall
3. Philip Twells Marshall b.1880 m.1911 Dorothy Jean Lawrie
3.1. Kenneth Philip Marshall b.1912
3.2. Philippa Marshall
4. Thomas Marshall b.1882 m.1921 Margery Leacroft
Bookplate image courtesy of the vendor, london3621
I have been asked if I could help identify the various quarters in the Arms of a Colonel Cooper.
My attempt at the blazons is:
Quarterly 1st Gules a bend engrailed between six lions rampant Or. (Cooper)
2nd quarterly i & iv Argent an eagle displayed Sable ii & iii Azure three bezants.
3rd Argent two pallets Azure on a fess Argent three papingoes
4th Gules a fleur-de-lys Or a chief vair.
Argent a fess chequy Argent and Azure between three mullets in chief and a crescent in base
Motto Vincit amor patrle (“The love of country conquers.” )
Unfortunately, apart from Cooper, I have rather drawn a blank from my usual sources. The Cooper Arms are those of the 2nd & 3rd quarters of the Earl of Shaftesbury (Ashley-Cooper).
Any assistance would be welcome.
A shameless plug I’m afraid. I have a copy of Burke’s Irish Family Records with CD-ROM listed on eBay. Burke’s have this on sale at their online shop at £149.00 plus Postage & Packaging. My starting price is £69.99 plus P&P. A veritable bargain!
The sale has just concluded of a more contemporary bookplate, that of Sir Ian Gilmour Bt, later Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar. The bookplate is most probably from between 1977 when he succeeded to the baronetcy and 1992 when he was made a life peer. Lord Gilmour died in 2007. His son, David, is now the 4th baronet.
Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure three writing-pens palewise Argent (Gilmour) 2nd & 3rd Sable on a saltire Argent a crescent Gules (Little)
Crest: A dexter hand holding a scroll of paper within a garland of laurels proper.
Motto: Nil Penna Sed Usus (Not the pen but its use)
Image courtesy of the vendor, kcc-cantab