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20 August 2013

Bookplate: Valentine Simpson of Bobbing Court, Kent

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:45
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A book-plate for Simpson at eBay caught my eye. The Arms are not one I found when putting together my Simpson armorial.

Simpson-Bookplate2

I had a go at working out the blazons in order to identify the non-Simpson quarters. A search through Papworth for Arms with pomegranates was fruitless. I then looked in Franks’ Catalogue of Book plates and there was an entry for Valentine Simpson of Bobbing court, Kent. His Arms were impaling those of his wife who was also his first cousin. They were married in 1778.

Unfortunately, even with the quarters named I have, so far, been unable to find them listed in any of my usual heraldic publications.  However, the Simpsons did donate some church plate which is recorded by the Kent Archaeological Society’s Archaeologia cantiana (Volume v. 17) and gives details of the Arms.

Arms:

1st & 4th Per bend sinister indented ermines and Sable a lion rampant counterchanged on a canton Gules a covered cup Argent.(Simpson)

2nd Argent a chevron Gules between three cock pheasants’ heads couped Azure (Pettit)

3rd Argent on a fesse dancetty Gules between three torteaux a fleur-de-lis Or. (Pilcher)

Impaling

1st & 4th Azure a chevron ermine between in chief two pomegranates stalked and leaved and in base a Catherine wheel Or. (Hopper)

2nd Argent a chevron Gules between three cock pheasants’ heads couped Azure (Pettit)

3rd Argent on a fesse dancetty Gules between three torteaux a fleur-de-lis Or. (Pilcher)

  Crest: An ounce’s head pean erased Gules collared gemellee Sable.

  Motto: NunQuam Obliviscar (I will never forget ).

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