Heraldry Online Blog

25 February 2012

Bookplate: [Sir] William Arbuthnot (1766-1829)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:21
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A bookplate that keeps re-appearing for sale at eBay is one for William Arbuthnot.  The bookplate displays his Arms before he was created a baronet in 1822/3 (Arbuthnot Armorial).

Unusually, when he was created a baronet he also received supporters for his Arms.  Whilst Arbuthnot was the Provost of Edinburgh the King attended a dinner.  It is claimed that the King said if Arbuthnot could walk around the table unaided he would be granted Supporters for his Arms.

Arms:

Azure a crescent between three mullets Argent within a bordure Or charged with three boars’ heads erased Gules.

Crest:

A peacock’s head proper.

Supporters:

Dexter a wyvern Vert; Sinister, a greyhound Argent collar and line reflexed over the back Gules

Motto:

Innocent and True

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