Heraldry Online Blog

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.

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