Vendor supermanifest is also offering for sale on eBay a bookplate from Heytesbury House, near Warminster in Wiltshire. Heytesbury House was the seat of the Barons Heytesbury of Heytesbury. The bookplate relates to the 2nd Baron, William Henry Ashe À Court later Holmes À Court.
Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, barry wavy of six, Or and Azure, in a canton Gules a lion of England passant guardant Or (for Holmes); 2nd and 3rd, per fess Or and paly of six erminois and Azure in chief an eagle displayed Sable beaked and membered Gules charged on the body with two chevronels Argent (for À Court). On an escutcheon of pretence the Arms of Holmes.
Crests: 1 Out of a naval crown Or an arm embowed in armour, the hand proper grasping a trident Azure headed Or (for Holmes); 2 An eagle displayed Sable charged with two chevronels Or beaked and legged Gules holding in the beak a lily slipped proper (for À Court).
Supporters: On either side an eagle, wings elevated Sable beaked and membered Gules each holding in the beak a lily slipped Proper
Motto: Grandescunt Aucta Labore (Increased by labour, they grow large).
In 1833 William married Elizabeth Holmes the eldest daughter and heiress of Sir Leonard Thomas Worsley Homes Bt. In the same year he received the Royal Licence to “take and use the surname of Holmes, in addition to that of À Court; that the said William Henry Ashe À Court may bear the arms of Holmes, quarterly in the first quarter, with his own arms; and that the said Elizabeth Worsley À Court may also bear the arms of Holmes;..”
In 1860, after inheriting the title, he received the Royal Licence on behalf of his children to “use the surname À Court in addition to and after, instead of before, that of Holmes, and that they may bear the arms of À Court quarterly in the first quarter with those of Holmes;..”
My interest in Heytesbury stems from the fact my great great grandfather, the Rev’d John Herbert Plowman MA, was a curate at Heytesbury from 1866 to 1879 and domestic chaplain to Lord Heytesbury from 1877 until 1879 when he got his own parish of Burbage, Wiltshire.
Vendor supermanifest is offering for sale on eBay the rather splendid bookplate of The Hon. Robert Henry Meade. Robert was the second son of the 3rd Earl of Clanwilliam.
Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a chevron ermine between three trefoils slipped Argent a crescent for difference 2nd Argent three peewits proper (for Magill) 3rd Per chevron Argent and Vert three hinds trippant proper (for Hawkins)
Sable a cross patonce within a bordure Or (for Lascelles).
Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable.
Motto: Tout Jours Prest (Always Ready)
Two things that caught my eye;
- The bookplate is dated 1879 and the impaled Arms are those of his first wife,Lady Mary Elizabeth Lascelles, who died in 1866. Robert remarried in 1880.
- The 2nd & 3rd quarters have been displayed as grandquarters by other members of the family. They are from the 1st Earls wife, Theodosia, the only child and heir of Robert Hawkins Magill. Burke’s General Armory lists the Arms for the Magill quarter as “Azure three peewits Argent“.
I recently had the privilege of being “enclothed” as a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of the City of London. In anticipation of that event, I ordered a copy of Brian Brooks & Cecil Humphery-Smith’s A History of The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of London (2001) via World of Books Ltd. When I settled down to start reading the history I was delighted to find that the book contained the bookplate of Peter Duncan Esslemont. I knew of Peter through my membership of The White Lion Society and The Heraldry Society. Peter became a Liveryman of the Scriveners in 1986 and was due to become Master in 2011 but ill health stopped him taking office.
Arms: Or a rocky mount with verdure its base in the form of an ‘S’ the convex part to the dexter and the concave part to the sinister all proper on a chief Azure a garb also Or banded Gules between two boars’ heads couped Or.
Crest: A lymphad Azure mast rigging and sails furled proper and flagged Gules.
Motto: Semper Providere
Matriculated in the Court of the Lord Lyon, 21 March 1979.
The Arms are an excellent example of modern punning.