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29 January 2013

Hatchment: General Sir Henry Robert Ferguson Davie Bt

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 17:28
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Over at the Heraldry Society of Scotland’s web forum Richard d’Apice found that the Hatchment for General Sir Henry Robert Ferguson Davie Bt for sale by auction by Aldridges of Bath.  It had a guide price of between £100 and £150 but eventually sold for £1,150.  

The 107th edition of Burke’s Peerage & Baronetage describes Henry Robert Ferguson as the illegitimate son of Robert Ferguson of Raith.  On 22nd March 1823, he married Frances Juliana, daughter of Sir John Davie, 8th Baronet, of Creedy, and niece and heiress of Sir Humphrey Davie, 10th and last Baronet, of Creedy.  (Her eldest brother, Sir John Davie 9th Bt, died unmarried in 1824 and her other brother, William, died in 1822.) On 9th February 1846 he assumed by Royal license the additional surname and Arms of Davie and the following year the baronetcy held by his wife’s family was revived when he was created a Baronet, of Creedy in the County of Devon on 9 January 1847. Hatchment130129 The hatchment does differ from the modern blazon and is probably also incorrect in its background colours.

Arms (Hatchment):  Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent a chevron Sable between three mullets pierced Gules 2nd Azure three cinquefoils two and one Or upon a chief of the last a lion passant Gules 3rd three cinquefoils two and one Or on a canton Argent [details are not clear] in centre point the Badge of Ulster.

Impaling: Argent a chevron between three mullets Gules.

Arms (modern):  Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent a chevron Sable between three mullets pierced Gules 2nd & 3rd Azure three cinquefoils two and one Or upon a chief of the last a lion passant Gules  in centre point the Badge of Ulster.

Crest: A pascal lamb reguardant Gules.

Motto:  “Auspice Christo”  (Under the auspices of Christ)

Sir Henry Robert Ferguson Davie died 30th November 1885 with his wife predeceasing him on 12th April 1882.  On that basis the right hand half of the hatchment, representing his wife’s Arms, should  also have been painted black.

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