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28 February 2011

Sir Edmund Lacon Bt – Livery Button

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 19:10

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

25 February 2011

Harpur Crewe – More Livery buttons

The Harpur-Crewe baronets seem to be a source of at least three different sets of livery buttons.  In addition to that of Vauncey Harpur-Crewe (see earlier entry) there are two more on sale at eBay:

Image courtesy of the vendor, jibajaba.

Image courtesy of the vendor, hantsreg

These two button both display the Arms & Crests for Harpur-Crewe along with the baronet’s “Red Hand of Ulster” insignia and also the motto “Degeneranti Genus Opprobrium ”  (Lineage becomes a disgrace to the man who degenerates from it).

The top button also displays the wife’s Arms of:

Gules three bars embattled counter embattled.

So far I have been unable to find Arms of that blazon associated with the various wives.  The 4th baronet married Catherine Crewe, daughter and co-heir to Thomas Crewe, 2nd Baron of Crewe of  Stene around 1709.  The subsequent baronets married:

5th – Caroline Manners, daughter of the Duke of Rutland.

6th – Frances Elizabeth Greville, daughter of Earl of Brooke & Earl of Warwick.

7th – Anne Hawkins.

8th – Jane Whitaker, daughter of the Rev Thomas Whitaker.

9th – Georgiana Jane Henrietta Eliza Lovell, daughter of Vice Admiral William Stanhope Lovell.

10th – Isabel Adderley daughter of Charles Bowyer Adderley, 1st Baron Norton.

24 February 2011

Harpur Crewe – Livery button

An interesting livery button is listed on eBay.  Not only has it impaled Arms but three crests.

This appears to be the livery button of Vauncey Harpur-Crewe who married in 1846 the Hon Isabel Adderley daughter of Charles Bowyer Adderley, 1st Baron Norton.  Upon the death of his father in 1886 Vauncey Harpur-Crewe became the 10th Harpur-Crewe Baronet of Calke Abbey.


Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a lion rampant (for Crewe) 2nd & 3rd Argent a lion rampant within a bordure engrailed Sable (Harpur)
Argent on a bend Azure three mascles of the field (for Adderley)


Left: Out of a ducal coronet Or a lion’s gamb Argent armed gules (Crewe)

Centre: Not identified

Right: A boar passant Or ducally gorged and crined Gules (Harpur)

I have had no joy so far in identifying the middle crest.  Since it has a cross I am wondering if it is some reference to Calke Abbey.

Image courtesy of the vendor, jibajaba.


My thanks again to Arthur Radburn over at the HSS. He found reference to:

The first of the family to be knighted apparently was Sir Robert le Harpur (seventh generation), son of Gilbert le Harpur and his wife Isolda (Morton) le Harpur. Sir Robert lived in the time of Edward II (1284-1327) and bore for his arms a plain cross, and the same for his crest, issuing out of a coronet.

So perhaps the middle crest is a reference to the ancient Harpur crest?

15 February 2011

Yuille of Darleith – Livery Button

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:43
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The sale of 2,000 plus livery buttons over the next 12 months has started on eBay. The buttons are from the J R Gaunt & Son Ltd pattern book archives circa 1820-1920. The buttons have been in the possession of the Royal Military Museum at Sandhurst from the 1950″s and the National Army Museum since 1960.

Amongst the current batch on sale is one bearing the Arms of Yuille of Darleith viz:

Arms: Argent on a fess between three crescents Sable a garb Or banded Gules.

Crest: An ear of wheat proper.

Motto: Numine et virtute

Yule/Yuille Armorial

Image courtesy of the vendor, hantsreg

12 February 2011

George William Marshall – Bookplate

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:33
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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.

The blazon:
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

11 February 2011

Sibthorp of Canwick – Lady’s Livery Button

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 18:36
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Currently on offer at eBay is a livery button of a lady;

Livery button

Livery button of Mary Esther Sibthorpe?

The blazon:

Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent two bars Gules within a bordure Sable (for Sibthorp) 2nd Or a bend Azure between three leopards’ faces Gules (for Waldo) 4th Gules a chevron Or between three eagles’ heads erased Argent (for Ellison)

My educated guess is that the button may have belonged to Mary Esther Sibthorp.  She was the daughter of Humphrey Sibthorp and Susannah Ellison.

My thanks to Arthur Radburn over at the Heraldry Society of Scotland’s forum who tracked down the Ellison blazon.

Image courtesy of the vendor, jibajaba.

9 February 2011

Kerr – Livery Button

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:59
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From eBay, another example of heraldry “in action”, the livery button.  This one displays the Arms of Kerr of Ferniehurst – Gules on a chevron Argent three mullets (Gules), Crest: The sun in splendour.

Ker & Kerr Online Armorial

Image courtesy of the vendor, t.jay123

6 February 2011

Colonel Cooper – Bookplate

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:09
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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.

Burke’s Irish Family Records 5th Edition (Reprint)

Filed under: Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:50
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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!

3 February 2011

Sir Ian Gilmour Bt – Bookplate

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:58
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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

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