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27 March 2021

Revisited – Grant of Arms: John Gonning of Bristol, 1662

ebay vendor, diggerlee, is now offering for sale the 1662 Grant of Arms to John Gonning “formerly mayor now Alderman of the Citty of Bristoll” by Sir Edward Bysshe, Clarenceux. I covered the earlier auction on 10th March 2021 here. The current sale price is £4,500.

diggerlee has added more photographs that better show the text and the Arms themselves.

In my earlier post I mentioned that the name within the Grant had been modified to Gonning. The details on the reverse of the Grant, along with entry in Grantees of Arm, bear witness to this.

Gouning

Grant of Arms: Sir Bignell George Elliott 1921

Bourne End Auction Rooms are offering for sale the 1921 Grant of Arms to Sir Bignell George Elliott KBE JP of Northfield Highgate (1857-1933). He was closely involved with the Royal Commercial Travellers’ Schools.

The Auction will take place from 10:30 BST on 7th April 2021 at Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. The auctioneer’s estimate is GBP200 to GBP300.

Arms: Per fesse embattled Sable and Argent in chief three estoiles Or and in base as many oak trees proper.
Crest: In front of a dexter cubit arm vested Vert the hand proper grasping an axe palewise also proper three estoiles as in the Arms.
Motto: Perservere
Dated: 30th May 1921

Garter: Sir Henry Farnham Burke
Clarenceux: Charles Harold Athill

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families 1929

24 March 2021

Kings of Arms: Changes ahead?

At a recent Zoom AGM of the White Lion Society it was mentioned that two Kings of Arms at the College of Arms are due to retire in the next year or so.  The College has a retirement age of 70.  Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux, (I think) reached that age in November last year and Thomas Woodcock, Garter, will do so in May of this year.

I understand that promotion from Herald to King of Arms is based on seniority but straight seniority does not necessarily apply to the appointment of Garter.  Looking at Kings of Arms over the past 70 years, the only Norroy & Ulster King of Arms to become Garter is the present incumbent, Thomas Woodcock.  Both John Brooke-Little and David Chesshyre, who were in their late 60s, went from Norroy to Clarenceux and were in office for two or three years before retiring.  My guess is that the current Norroy, Timothy Duke, who is aged 67 will follow suit when Patric Dickinson stands down.

The two most senior Heralds in line for advancement are Robert Noel, Lancaster, and David White, Somerset.  Which will become the next Garter and Norroy & Ulster is anybody’s guess.  I doubt PaddyPower or Ladbrokes will give you any odds.  All I do know is that the new Kings of Arms will be younger than me.

11 March 2021

Augmentation of Arms: Gilbert Blane 1812

Auctioneers Reeman Dansie recently sold the 1812 Augmentation of Arms to Gilbert Blane (1749-1834). The Augmentation was made a few weeks before Blane was created a Baronet. He was a Scottish physician who instituted health reform in the Royal Navy. He saw action against both the French and Spanish fleets, and later served as a Commissioner on the Sick and Wounded Board of the Admiralty.

Gilbert was the fourth but third surviving son of Gilbert Blane of Blanefield, Kirk Oswald, Ayrshire. The Blane Arms were matriculated in Scotland 4th December 1809 by Andrew Blane of Blanefield, the eldest son & heir of Gilbert Blane (snr). The entry in the Lyon Register has a note that “The original Patent was produced at the Lyon Office 17 October 1879 by Captain Robert Arthur Blane 22nd Regiment residing at Brookside, Chester the arms are destined to the heirs male of the Patentee.

The Auction took place on 9th March 2021 with an auctioneer’s estimate of £500-£800. The hammer price was £3,300.

Augmentation: In the centre chief point an anchor erect entwined by a serpent proper
Arms: Argent on a fess Sable a mullet between two crescents of the field in base a rose Gules. Lyon Court 1809
Crest: A sword erect proper hilt and pomel Or
Motto: Paritur Pax Bello
Dated: 2nd November 1812

Garter: Sir Isaac Heard
Clarenceux: George Harrison
Norroy: Ralph Bigland

On personal note, these Arms are of some interest. My own Arms include Argent three Anchors Sable each entwined by a Serpent Gules which are in remembrance of my ggg-grandfather, Henry Plowman, who was a Naval Surgeon. Henry started his career at sea in 1801 during the last year of Gilbert Blane being a Commissioner on the Sick and Wounded Board of the Admiralty.

10 March 2021

Grant of Arms: John Gonning of Bristol, 1662

Tennants Auctioneers are offering for sale a number of documents including the 1662 Grant of Arms to John Gonning “formerly mayor now Alderman of the Citty of Bristoll” by Sir Edward Bysshe, Clarenceux.

Looking at the document, there seems to have been some “alteration” to the spelling of the Surname. The “ON” is in a different hand and ink. The entry in the Grantees of Arms has the spelling as GOUNING.

The auction is due at 10:30 10th March at Leyburn, North Yorkshire. Auctioneer’s estimate £500 – £700.

Arms: Gules three Guns barwise in pale Argent
Crest: The wheel of a gun Gules between two angel’s wings Argent.
Dated: 20th December 1662.

Clarenceux: Sir Edward Bysshe

1672 Visitation of Somerset & Bristol

Grant of Arms: William Phelps Vaile of West Malling 1827

Auctioneers, Dominic Winter Auctions, are offering for sale the 1827 Grant of Arms to William Phelps Vaile (1788-1869) of West Malling, Kent. William Vaile was a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

The auction is being held at South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire on 10th March 2021 with an Auctioneers’ estimate of £200-£300.

The text includes: “By tradition descended from a branch of the ancient family of VELE in the county of Gloucester but being unable from the loss of Family evidence to shew his descent therefrom.”

Arms: Ermine on a bend between two bendlets Azure each charged with three cross crosslets fitchy Or three calves statant Argent.
Crest: A mount Vert thereon in front two cross crosslets ftichy in saltire Gules a wolf’s head erased Azure in the mouth three ears of wheat Or.
Motto: Semper Paratuse
Dated: 3rd March 1827

Garter: Sir George Nayler
Clarenceux: Ralph Bigland

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families 1910

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