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30 April 2011

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Arms

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:10
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The Duke of Cambridge

At the risk of jumping the gun on any Royal Warrant, I thought I would have a go at putting together the impaled Arms of the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

28 April 2011

Bryan – Livery button

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:20
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After a bit of a hiatus from browsing eBay the following livery button caught my eye:
 

Looking at the three piles my initial thought was “Anstruther” until I noticed the piles were Gules rather than Sable.  My blazon:

Arms: Argent three pile meeting in point Gules

Crest: Issuing out of a cloud a naked dexter arm embowed the hand holding a dagger

The identification is by no means straightforward.  The Arms match those for Wishart but not the Crest.  The Arms also appear in the 2nd quarter for a number of O’Briens Arms, in one instance, the O’Brien of Blatherwycke, the Crest also matches.  The closest fit,so far, is for William Bryan, Deputy Ulster King of Arms in 1766.  The blazon in BGA does not include the piles meeting in point but the Crest does tie in.

A bit more research is required, if time permits.

Image courtesy of the vendor, hantsreg

22 April 2011

The Middleton Armorial Tree

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:37
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The Middleton Armorial Family Tree


Continuing with the Middleton Arms theme; the illustration above shows how the new Arms may be applied by the family. Mr Middleton displays the undifferenced Arms as the original Grantee. Mrs Middleton can display her husband’s Arms but with a lozenge as a difference. This stems from the 1997 decree by the Kings of Arms at the College of Arms entitled “The Bearing of Arm by Women“. Therein it states:

“6. Whether or not a woman is entitled to paternal arms, she may bear her husband’s arms alone on a shield or banner differenced by a small lozenge of a contrasting tincture in the canton, centre chief point or other suitable position depending on the design.”

In this instance I have used a Lozenge Argent in the centre chief point.

Mr Middleton’s two daughters, Catherine and Philippa, both display their their father’s Arms without any difference according to the rule:

1. An unmarried woman may continue to bear her paternal arms on a lozenge, oval or similar vehicle of display (not being an escutcheon or a colourable imitation thereof) or on a banner.

However, after her marriage to Prince William, Catherine can display her father’s Arms on a shield differenced with a small escutcheon:

3. Whether or not her husband is armigerous, a married woman may bear her paternal arms alone on a shield or banner differenced by a small escutcheon of a contrasting tincture in the canton, centre chief point or other suitable position depending on the design.

Finally, Mr Middleton’s son, James, displays his father’s Arms on a shield but with a label of three points to denote he is the eldest son. I understand that the use of white/argent labels are reserved for the Royal Family in English heraldry. I have, therefore, use a label Or.

21 April 2011

The Middleton Arms

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 12:35
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Heraldry has hit the headlines with the news that Catherine Middleton’s father has been granted Arms. At the moment only the Arms have been revealed, so we are awaiting the Crest and Motto.

The consensus is that the blazon is along the lines of:

Per pale Azure and Gules a chevron Or cotised Argent between three acorns slipped and leaved Or.

 I’ve had a bit of a play around and have come up with a few versions of my own:

Middleton male

Middleton daughter

Middleton daughter - Petra Sancta

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