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22 January 2019

Grant of Arms: Gerald Hill 1906

Auctioneers Thomson Roddick are offering for sale the 1906 Grant of Arms to Gerald Hill.  Live Auction on 30 Jan 2019 12:00 GMT, Auctioneer’s estimate 30 GBP – 40 GBP.

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Arms: Argent on a pile Purpure a flint stone proper insigned by an open Crown Or.
Crest: A flint stone as in the Arms issuant therefrom a slip of oak fructed proper.
Motto: Post Fata Resurgo

Dated: 6th October 1906

Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Norroy: William Henry Welden

Grant of Arms: Franklen George Evans 1897

Auctioneers Lodge & Thomas are offering for sale the 1897 Grant of Arms to Franklen George Evans.  Rather frustratingly, they are not providing any pictures of the Grant itself, just the box and the rolled up document.

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Dated: 30th April 1897

Garter: Albert William Woods

Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

 

However, Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families do give details of the Arms:

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14 January 2019

Identify these Arms: Victorian Seal

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:04
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Lawrences of Crewkerne are offering for sale a Victorian gold mounted agate seal.

Can you identify the Arms?  I have un-reversed the image so that the Arms are “true”.

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No prizes I am afraid.

13 January 2019

Matriculation of Arms: George Duncan Mackay 1901

eBay vendor, woodcliffonthehudson, is offering for sale the 1901 Matriculation of Arms of George Duncan Mackay (b.1853 d.1916) of Inveralmond in the County of Midlothian, a Major in the First Edinburgh City Volunteer Artillery.  The current asking price is US$950.00, approximately £740.89.

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Arms: Azure on a chevron engrailed between three bears heads couped Argent muzzled Gules a roebucks head couped between two hands issuant from the ends of the chevron each holding a dagger all proper a bordure engrailed of the second charged with three martlets of the third.
Crest: A dexter hand couped at the wrist holding a dagger in pale all proper.
Motto: Manu Forti

Matriculated: 14th August 1901

Lyon Clerk: Francis J Grant

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Fox-Davies: Armorial Families 1929

 

12 January 2019

Grant of Arms: Frederic John Billing 1992 (Australia)

eBay vendor, nikitacat1carol, is offering for sale the 1992 Grant of Arms to Frederic John Billing of Port Keats in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory.  He was a longtime member and Secretary of “The Australian Heraldry Society”.  The current asking price is AUS$3,995.00

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Arms: Or on a bend Sable between two late medieval swords bendwise points downward proper a stag’s head couped Or between two celtic crosses Argent.
Crest: A stag statant Or round the neck a sash and pendant therefrom an escutcheon Vert resting the dexter forefoot on a celtic cross Argent
Motto: Kernow YnBro Bell. (A Cornishman in a far land.)
Dated: 12th August, 1992  “in the forty first year of the reign of Our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen of Australia…”

Garter: Sir Alexander Colin Cole
Clarenceux: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Norroy & Ulster: John Philip Brooke Brooke-Little

 

Grant of Arms: Herbert Eccles 1905

eBay vendor, scooterboysx175, is offering for sale the 1905 Grant of Arms to Herbert Eccles (b.1858 d.1928) of Penrhiewtyn House Llantwit Lower, County Glamorgan.  The asking price is £495.00.

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Arms: Argent a chevron Gules between the eagles displayed Azure on a chief of the last two bees volant Or.
Crest: A bee volant between two thistles in saltire slipped and leaved all proper.
Motto: Prodesse Quam Conspici
Dated: 9th June 1905

Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

 

Herbert’s two sons were Alexander Herbert Lindsey Eccles (14 May 1908 – 29 Aug 1991) and Roy Hector Eccles (2 Dec 1900 – 17 Jan 1938) and are listed amongst The Golden Age of Grand Prix Drivers 1934-40.

 

11 January 2019

Grant of Supporters: Lt Gen Sir Ralph Abercromby 1798

eBay vendor archaeological_historical is offering for sale the 1798 Grant of Supporters to the Rt Hon Lieutenant General Sir Ralph Abercromby Knight Companion of the Most Honorable Military Order of the Bath.  The current asking price is £499.99.

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Arms: Argent a chevron indented Gules between three boars’ heads erased Azure armed Or and langued Sable in the middle chief point a crescent Vert.

Crest: A bee volant proper

Supporters: On either side a greyhound per fess Argent and Or collar and line Gules charged on the shoulder with a thistle proper.

Motto: Vive Ut Vivas

Dated: 30th January 1798

10 January 2019

19th Century Hatchment

Somerset based auctioneers, Lawrences, are offering for sale on the 18th January a rather splendid but small (39cm by 39cm) hatchment for a Marquess.  However, the Arms are unidentified, even with the assistance of the Heraldry Society.  Therefore, it seems likely that this is a sample or a promotional example.  The auctioneer’s estimate is £50 to £100. – UPDATE Sold for £400hatchment2Arms: Gules on a fess Argent between three mullets erminois a lion passant guardant Sable.

Crest: An eagles’s head erased Or gorged with a collar gemelle Azure ducally crowned Gules .

Supporters: Two griffins proper collard Or.

If these Arms have not been Granted in England & Wales, Ireland or Scotland, perhaps some non-armigerous individual can petition for them?  All they need do thereafter is work out how they can be ennobled as a Marquess.

Armorial Bearings of Gollop of Strode

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On and off over the past 35 years or so, I have been looking at the Gollop family from Dorset, more on that later. However, in the last few months I have revisited the Armorial Bearings of the Gollops and, as a result, have had to make a few tweaks to my blazons and emblazonments;

The pedigree of Gollop of North Bowood and Strode first appears in the 1623 Visitation of Dorset but without any recorded Arms. However, in the Harleian Society’s Visitation of Dorset 1677 (published 1977) the Arms are recorded as “Quarterly: 1 and 4, Gules on a bend or a lion sable; 2 and 3, Azure, a bear passant argent”. Whilst the published pedigree does mention two heiresses, it is not clear from whom the Bear Passant is inherited.

A further twist is that there were two Grants from the College of Arms after the Visitation. The first in 1682 and the second in 1720. I raised this with the College and received the following response from the office of John Petrie, Rouge Croix;

“We have looked at the two grants you mentioned. The first (Coll. Arms Grants 3/162), is not a grant, but an assignation of tinctures. It seems Thomas Gallop, son of Thomas Gallop, appeared at the College with a ‘much worne’ seal ring which he said had been used by his father for many years. Despite the fact that no arms were recorded for the family at the visitation of Dorset in 1623, the heralds seem to have accepted the arms on the seal – On a Bend a Lion passant – as the arms of the family and ‘granted and assigned’ the tinctures Gules on a Bend Or a Lion passant Sable armed and langued Gules. The confirmation was to ‘the said Thomas Gollop’, which is a little unhelpful considering both father and son are mentioned earlier, and the patent is dated the 30th October 1682. 

The second grant (Coll. Arms Grants 6/417) is the result of Thomas Gallop, junior, desiring a grant of a crest after omitting to petition for one in 1682. The text of this patent makes clear that the earlier assignation of tinctures was to both Thomas Gallop, junior, and the other descendants of his father, and with the same limitation. It grants a crest of “On a Wreath of his Colours a Demy Lion Rampant Bendy of four Or and Sable holding in his Dexter Paw a Spear Or, the Staff Rompu Gules”. The patent is dated the 20th April 1720.”

It was also noted that the quartering with a Bear was unidentified in the 1677 Visitation and seems to be its only occurrence in the College records.

As the College mentioned above, there is some confusion regarding which “Thomas Gollop” is which. The cast of characters for the period were:

  1. Thomas Gollop b.1582 d.1663

1.1. Thomas Gollop b.1617 d.1692

1.1.1. Thomas Gollop b.1640 dsp.1727

Looking at the published pedigrees, I think 1. Thomas Gollop would have been the signatory of the 1623 Visitation and 1.1. Thomas Gollop that for the 1677 Visitation. What is not clear is which Thomas Gollop petitioned for the two “Grants”. Initially I thought it was 1.1. in 1682 and then 1.1.1. in 1720. However, re-reading the College’s response, I suspect it was Thomas Gollop (b.1640 dsp.1727), he would have been aged 42 and 80 respectively for each Grant. The latter Thomas was the eldest of 12 brothers, at least five of which had children. Incidentally, the North Bowood & Strode estates, by agreement, passed to the fourth son, John.

The knock on effect of the above was to realise that I had been using the wrong blazon for Gollop. I initially used the one listed in Burke’s General Armory (and then added the Bear quarter);

Arms: Gules on a bend Or a lion passant guardant Sable

Crest: A demi lion bendy Or and Sable holding in the dexter paw a broken arrow Gules.

This is subtly different from the actual blazon;

Arms: Gules on a Bend Or a Lion passant Sable armed and langued Gules

Crest: A Demy Lion Rampant Bendy of four Or and Sable holding in his Dexter Paw a Spear Or, the Staff Rompu Gules


My interest in the Dorset Gollops started when I tried to identify the family of my paternal great-great-great-great grandmother Elizabeth Gollop and any connection with the armigerous family of Gollop of Strode. She married the Rev’d John Plowman at Toller Porcorum, Dorset, on 7th November 1776. The marriage was witnessed by a Thomas Gollop and Eliza Maria Foy. The first hint at a possible connection was Eliza Maria Foy. The two sons of the John Gollop of Strode mentioned above, John & Thomas, married two Foy sisters. Eliza was either the wife of their nephew or his daughter.

I was unable to find any further details about Elizabeth Gollop in parish records, partly due the fact that Thomas and Elizabeth were the most popular Christian names in Dorset. However, by checking the wills of multiple Thomas Gollops I found her brother (died 1823) and the name of her father, also Thomas. Various documents* held by the Dorset History Centre showed that her brother had financial difficulties over a number of years. By following a number of Indentures that concerned Lowcombe Farm (also Staverlands, Saunder’s Living and Hogbear) in North Bowood it was possible to track its ownership from her brother back to the 1690s. That showed that their grandparent were Thomas Gollop and Mary Foy.

Expanding the family tree a bit:

1. Thomas Gollop b.1582 d.1663
1.1. Thomas Gollop b.1617 d.1692
1.1.1. Thomas Gollop b.1640 dsp.1727
1.1.2. Giles Gollop
1.1.3. William Gollop
1.1.4. John Gollop of Strode d.1731
1.1.4.1. John Gollop of Strode m. Edith Foy – His issue are recorded in Burke’s Landed Gentry
1.1.4.2. Thomas Gollop of London d.1743 m. Mary Foy
1.1.4.2.1. Thomas Gollop of Weymouth d.bef 1780
1.1.4.2.1.1. Thomas Gollop of Bincombe dsp.1824
1.1.4.2.1.2. Elizabeth Gollop d.1806 m.1776 Rev John Plowman
1.1.4.2.1.2.1. Thomas Plowman d.1856
1.1.4.2.1.2.2. Henry Plowman d.1842
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3. Rev John Herbert Plowman d.1892
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3.1. Rev Herbert W T Plowman d.1902
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3.1.1. Clifford H F Plowman d.1948
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3.1.1.1. Ronald T F Plowman d.2004 Grantee of Arms
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3.1.1.1.1. Stephen J F Plowman

Elizabeth Plowman died in 1806 and her brother died without issue in 1823, this made Elizabeth a heraldic heiress in her issue. In the English heraldic tradition, a heraldic heiresses’ Arms go into “limbo” until such time as a male heir has Arms with which to quarter them. Therefore, I could display my Arms as below:

Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent three Anchors Sable each entwined by a Serpent Gules on a Chief enarched nebuly Azure three Martlets rising Or (for Plowman) 2nd Gules on a bend Or a lion passant Sable a martlet Or charged with a crescent Gules for difference (for Gollop 1st & 4th Vis 1677) 3rd Azure a bear passant Argent (for Gollop 2nd & 3rd Vis 1677)

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7 January 2019

Inner Temple Lectors: Bracebridge and Ludford

Salisbury based auctioneers, Woolley & Wallis, are offering for sale three carved and painted wood coats of arms.  Two of which have inscriptions identifying the armigers.  The sale in on 9th January with an Auctioneer’s estimate of £300-400.

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[Left]: John Bracebridge Ludford, Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple, Lector 1772.

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Vaire Argent and Sable a fesse Gules (for Bracebridge) 2nd & 3rd Azure a chevron between three boars’ heads erased Or (for Ludford)

[Right]: Samuel Bracebridge, Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple, Lector 1731.

Arms: Vaire Argent and Sable a fesse Gules

John Bracebridge Ludford’s father, another Samuel Bracebridge, was a first cousin of the Samuel Bracebridge above.  He changed his name to Ludford.

 

I have yet to identify the third, top most set of quarterly Arms.

 

 

 

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