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27 January 2013

Harry Holmes-Tarn – Grant of Arms 1901

The Scottish Grant of Arms to Harry Holmes-Tarn were recently on sale on eBay.  The Grant is dated 9th September 1901 and signed by Sir James Balfour Paul.

Grant of Arms 1901

Grant of Arms 1901

Arms: Parted per saltire Or and Gules two terns naiant in tarns or lochs undy proper one in chief and one in base.
Mantling: Gules and Or.
Crest:  On a wreath of his liveries on a garb fessewise a raven all proper.
Motto:  “Viret in asternum.” (It Flourishes Forever)


The Arms of Harry Holmes-Tarn were also included within Arthur Charles Fox-Davies 1929 edition of Armorial Families.

1929 Edition Armorial Families

1929 Edition Armorial Families

  1. Harry Holmes-Tarn (b.1871 d.1932) m.1895 Nora Adelgunde Martini (b.1873 d.1972)
    1. Donald Cunninghame Holmes-Tarn (b.1896 d.1905)
    2. Brigadier Kenneth Archibald Holmes-Tarn, late Royal Artillery (b.1898 d.1971) m1. Dorothy Mary Green (b.1893 d.1958) m2.1960 Elizabeth Grace Hankey (b.1914 d.1976)
    3. Captain Alastair Roderick Holmes-Tarn (b.1911 d.1967) m.1948 Nancy Emlyn Gore.

    Neither surviving son seems to have had any issue to continue the use of the Arms.

Photographs of the Grant courtesy of  the vendor, Mr Ashton C Cameron Stuart.

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