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15 April 2021

Kings of Arms: New Appointments

Further to my post on 24th March Kings of Arms: Changes ahead? two appointments have now been announced in The London Gazette.

THE QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 1 April 2021, to grant unto Timothy Hugh Stewart Duke, Esquire, the Office of Clarenceux King of Arms, vacant by the retirement of Patric Laurence Dickinson, Esquire, L.V.O.

THE QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 6 April 2021, to grant unto Robert John Baptist Noel, Esquire, the Office of Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, vacant by the promotion of Timothy Hugh Stewart Duke, Esquire.

The next anticipated vacancy will be when Thomas Woodcock, Garter, retires following his 70th birthday in May this year. The next most senior Herald is David White, Somerset.

3 April 2021

Royal Licence: Roger Manwaring Manwaring, 1809

US based eBay vendor, captain831, is offering for sale the 1809 Royal Licence for Roger Manwaring Parker to take the surname Manwaring. Roger was a minor at the time and the petition was made by his father, John Robert Parker of Upper Harley Street, in accordance with the wishes for Roger’s great aunt Mary Jones nee Manwaring.

The Rev’d Roger Manwaring Manwaring MA died in 1825 without issue aged 31.

The current price is USD999.00 approx £722.

Arms: Argent two bars Gules (a mullet for difference)
Crest: An Ass’s head erased proper haltered Or (a mullet for difference)

Dated: 20th February 1809

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

London Gazette 1809

2 April 2021

Grant of Arms: Lt Col Sir Henry Dennis Readett-Bayley, 1919

Auctioneers Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham are offering for sale the 1919 Grant of Arms to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Henry Dennis Readett-Bayley, KBE, DL, JP (1878-1940) of Lenton Abbey in respect of the surname Readett when he assumed and adopted the surname Readett-Bayley in lieu of Bayley.

The live auction will be held on the 14th & 15th April. The auctioneer’s estimate is £100-£150.

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Gules fretty Or on a chief Argent three bears gambs erect Sable (Bayley) 2nd & 3rd Azure in chief two mullets and in base a trefoil slipped Or (Readett).
Crest: 1. A gryphon ejant Sable resting the dexter claw on a fret Or (Bayley)
Crest: 2. Upon a mount Vert in front of park pales proper a horse passant Gules bridled Or (Readett).
Motto: Swift and True
Dated: 25th February 1919

Garter: Henry Farnham Burke
Clarenceux: Charles Harold Athill

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families

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

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

13 February 2021

Grant of Arms: Joseph Griggs of Loughborough 1898

Auctioneers Dominic Winter Auctions of South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, are offering for sale the 1898 Grant of Arms to Joseph Griggs Alderman and Mayor of the Borough of Loughborough.

Auction date 17th February2021, Auctioneer’s estimate GBP150-200.

The Arms were previously offered for sale in November 2020

28 September 2020

Grant of Arms: Edward Bewley of Causa Grange 1905

Auctioneers, Laidlaw Auctioneers & Valuers, are offering for sale the 1905 Grant of Arms to Edward Bewley of Causa Grange (1830-1919) and to other descendants of his father, John Bewley (1788-1869).

Live Auction: 02 Oct 2020 09:30 BST to 04 Oct 2020 10:00 BST. Auctioneer’s estimate 40 GBP – 60 GBP

Unfortunately, the auction site does not display a picture of the Arms, just the lower portion of the Letters Patent.

Arms: Argent a chevron Sable between in chief two Cornish choughs’ heads erased proper and in base a rose Gules barbed Vert seeded Or.
Crest: An ibex’s head erased Argent attired Or and gorged with a chaplet of roses Gules
Motto: Virtutis Gloria Merces
Dated: 11th December 1905
Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Norroy: Sir William Henry Weldon

 

A transcript of the Letters patent can be seen here.

19 September 2020

2 Grants of Arms: 1) Sir Charles John Pain 1936, 2) Major Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young 1978

At the end of August the auctioneers, Amersham Auction Rooms, offered for sale two Grants of Arms.  (Link) The first was the 1936 Grant of Arms to Sir Charles John Pain of Elm Croft, Harlaxton Drive in the City of Nottingham.  The second was the 1978 Grant of Arms to Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young of Elmbridge Drive, Ruislip.

Sir Charles John Pain Arms

Sir Charles John Pain thumb

Sir Charles John Pain

Arms: Paly of six Argent and Vert on a chief enarched Azure an abacus between two garbs Or.
Crest: A lion rampant Gules bezantee holding between the forepaws a garb and resting the dexter hind paw upon an abacus Or.
Motto: Tenacitas Ac Modestia
Dated: 1st January 1936
Garter: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston
Norroy: Algar Henry Stafford Howard

Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young Arms

Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young Thumb

Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young

Arms: Azure an arrow palewise point upwards Or overall a saltire Argent surmounted by an orle counterchanged.
Crest: A horse forcene guardant Azure crined and unguled Or and a lion rampant guardant Argent combatant supporting a highland broadsword proper.
Motto: Tenacious of Purpose
Dated: 10th March 1978
Garter: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Clarenceux: John Riddell Bromhead Walker

Major Nigel R Rutherford-Young TD served with the London Scottish.

Matriculation of Arms: The Hon. James Bell, Lord Provost of Glasgow 1895

Auctioneers Canterbury Auction Galleries are offering for sale the 1895 Matriculation of Arms of the Honourable James Bell (1850-1929) of Marlborough Terrace, Govan, Glasgow, Lord Provost of Glasgow. He was senior partner of Bell Brothers & McLelland, shipowners and was created a baronet as “Baronet of Marlborough Terrace” in 1895.

Live Auction: 03 Oct 2020 11:00 BST to 05 Oct 2020 11:00 BST. Auctioneer’s estimate £100 – £150.

Bell Matric Arms

Bell Matric LP thumb

Arms: Azure on a fess engrailed Argent between two bells in chief Or and a three masted ship in base a thistle slipped proper.
Crest: A stag’s head couped proper attired Or.
Motto: Signum Pacis Amor
Dated: 9th August 1895
Lyon: James Balfour Paul

AF 1929 Bell

 

6 June 2020

Grants of Arms & Badge: Drusilla Marion Elizabeth Armitage 1965 & 1978

Auctioneers Golding Young & Mawer are offering for sale the 1965 Grant of Arms and the 1978 Grant of a Badge to Drusilla Marion Elizabeth Armitage (31st Mar 1929 – 16th Nov 2019) of Westfield Road in the Parish of St Anne in the City of Leicester.  The auction is on the 10th June at Bourne, Lincolnshire.

Armitage Arms

Armitage LP small

Arms: Gules on a chevron Or between three cross crosslets Argent as many horseshoes Sable.

Dated: 1st June 1965

Garter: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Clarenceux: Sir John Dunamace Heaton-Armstrong

Armitage Badge

Armitage Badge small

Badge: A cross crosslet Or interlaced with a horseshoe Sable.

Dated: 16th June 1978

Garter: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Clarenceux: John Riddell Bromhead Walker

 

Drusilla Armitage was a member of the Heraldry Society and the White Lion Society.  The notes attached to her entry at the White Lion Society have the following rationale for her Arms:

“The design is a mixture of Miss Armitage’s father’s arms (Gules, a lion’s head erased between three cross crosslets argent) and those of her mother, who came from the old Leicestershire family of Pochin (Or, a chevron gules between three horseshoes sable).”

 

24 February 2020

Grant of Arms: Thomas Yard of Barbados 1810

Auctioneers Dominic Winter Auctions are offering for sale the Grant of Arms to Thomas Yard (1786-1844) of the Parish of St George in the Island of Barbados and to the children of his late younger brother Edward James Yard, Edward, Mary & Elvira.  The auction is on the 4th March at South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.  The auctioneers guide price is £200-£300.

Yard-Thomas Arms

Yard-Thomas LP

Yard-Grantees

Arms: Sable on a chevron Argent between three water bougets Or as many Cocks Gules.
Crest: On a mount Vert a cock as in the Arms the dexter claw on a water bouget Or.
Motto: Semper Vigilans

Dated: 22 October 1810

Garter: Sir Issac Heard
Clarenceux: George Harrison

 

6 January 2020

Grant of Arms: Robert William Llewellyn JP 1902

eBay vendor, grandenorm, is offering for sale the 1902 Grant of Arms to Robert William Llewellyn JP of Court Colman in the Parish of Bridgend & of Baglan Hall in the Parish of Briton Ferry both in the County of Glamorgan.  The “Buy it now” price is £550.00

Llewellyn Arms

Llewellyn LP

Arms: Per fesse embattled Azure and Or a Javelin erect beteen two boars heads erased in chief and a like boar’s head erased between two javelins in base all counter changed.
Crest: Upon a rock proper a boar’s head erased Or in front of three javelins one in pale and two in saltire also proper.
Motto: Gwell Angau Na Chywildydd

Dated: 20th November 1902

Garter: Sir Albert William Woods
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

Llewellyn AF

4 September 2019

Grant of Arms: Sir William Hutcheson Poë Bt 1928

eBay vendor, ivanho., is offering for sale the 1928 Grant of Arms to Sir William Hutcheson Poë Bt.    The “buy now” price is £499.00.

Poë Arms2

Poë LP2

Arms: Or a fesse between three crescents Azure issuing flames proper.
Crest: A boar’s head erect couped Or pierced with a broken spear proper.
Motto: Malo Mori Quam Foedari

Dated: 11th December 1928

Garter: Sir Henry Farnham Burke
Clarenceux: Arthur William Stuart Cochrane

3 September 2019

Four Grants of Arms: Horton-Smith

Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb are offering for sale 4 Grants of Arms connected with the Horton-Smith family.  The auction is a “catalogue” auction on the 25th & 26th September.  Each Grant has an auctioneer’s estimate of £160-£200.

 

1. 1900 Grant of Arms to Richard Horton Smith

1900 Horton Smith -Richard

Arms: Argent two chevronnels invected between two demi gryphons couped respecting each other in chief and as many battle axes in saltire in base all Sable.
Crest: In front of a mound Vert thereon a greyhound couchant proper two battle axes in saltire Or
Motto: Prèt À Tressaillir

Dated: 28th May 1900
Garter: Sir Albert William Woods
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

 

2. 1905 Royal Licence to Richard Horton Smith to take the name Horton in addition to and before Smith viz Richard Horton Horton-Smith.

1905 Horton Horton-Smith
Arms: 1st & 4th Argent two chevronnels invected between two demi gryphons couped respecting each other in chief and as many battle axes in saltire in base all Sable (for Smith) 2nd & 3rd Gules a stag’s head cabossed Or on a chief of the last a rose of the first between two thistles slipped and leaved proper (for Horton).
Crest 1: In front of a mound Vert thereon a greyhound couchant proper two battle axes in saltire Or (for Smith).
Crest 2: In front of two claymores saltirewise proper a spear erect Argent the whole encircled by an antique crown Or (for Horton).
Motto 1: Prèt À Tressaillir
Motto 2: Haut On Aspire

Dated: 2nd November 1905
Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

 

3. Royal Licence to Sir Percival Horton Horton-Smith (son of Richard) to take the name Hartley in addition to his surname Horton-Smith viz Sir Percival Horton Horton-Smith-Hartley.

1934 Horton-Smith-Hartley Arms

Arms: 1st & 4thArgent on a cross Gules quarter pierced of the field four pierced cinquefoils Or in the fess point a martlet holding in the beak a cross crosslet fitchée Sable (for Hartley)  2nd Argent two chevronnels invected between two demi gryphons couped respecting each other in chief and as many battle axes in saltire in base all Sable (for Smith)  3rd Gules a stag’s head cabossed Or on a chief of the last a rose of the first between two thistles slipped and leaved proper (for Horton).

Crest 1: A martlet Sable supporting with the beak a cross crosslet fitchée Or.
Crest 2: In front of a mound Vert thereon a greyhound couchant proper two battle axes in saltire Or (for Smith).
Crest 3: In front of two claymores saltirewise proper a spear erect Argent the whole encircled by an antique crown Or (for Horton).

Motto 1: Dex Aie (for Hartley)
Motto 2: Pret A Tressaillir (for Smith)
Motto 3: Haut On Aspire (for Horton)

Dated: 9th October 1934
Garter: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston
Clarenceux: Arthur William Stuart Cochrane

 

4. Grant of Arms in memory of Marilla Horton-Smith, formerly Marilla Baily, mother of Sir Percival Horton Horton-Smith-Hartley.

1940 Horton-Smith - Baily

Arms: Gules a chevron Argent between three martlets Or a chief vair.

Dated: 16th August 1940
Garter: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston
Clarenceux: Arthur William Stuart Cochrane

 

 

 

 

14 June 2019

New Appointments: Rouge Dragon and Bluemantle Pursuivants

Delighted to learn of this week’s appointments of Mark Scott as Bluemantle Pursuivant and Adam Tuck as Rouge Dragon Pursuivant.

Both are active members of the Heraldry Society, with Mark assisting with the preparation of my pedigree and badge.

 

7 April 2019

Grant of Supporters: George Abraham Gibbs, 1st Baron Wraxall 1928

Auctioneers, Dreweatts, are offering for sale the 1928 Grant of Supporters to George Abraham Gibbs following his advancement to the dignity of Baron Wraxall.  Included in the sale is the document of ennoblement.  The auction is to be held on 1st May 2019 at Newbury.  The auctioneer’s estimate is £300-£500.

Baron Wraxall Arms2

Baron Wraxall LP2

Baron Wraxall Warrant2

Arms: Argent three battleaxes erect Sable a bordure nebuly of the last.
Crest: In front of a rock a dexter arm embowed in armour the hand in a gauntlet proper bearing a battle-axe bendwise sinister Sable.
Motto: Tenax Propositi

Gibbs Grantees
The Arms were granted in 1876 to Henry Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham, and descendants of his grandfather Antony Gibbs. The latter was George Abraham Gibbs’s great-grandfather.

Supporters: On either side a St Kilda sheep proper each charged on the shoulder with a portcullis Or.

Dated: 20th February 1928
Garter: Sir Henry Farnham Burke

16 February 2019

Grant of Arms: John Evelyn Ansell 1919

Auctioneers Cheffins of Cambridge are offering for sale the 1919 Grant of Arms to John Evelyn Ansell (b.1860 d.1936) of Glenloch Road.  The auction is due to be held 21st February.  There is no auctioneer’s estimate.

John Evelyn Ansell Arms2a

John Evelyn Ansell LP2

Arms: Gules on a saltire Argent between four bezants two swords in saltire proper pommelled and hilted Or.
Crest: A torteau charged with two swords as in the Arms.
Motto: Fais Ce Que Dois

Dated: 23rd January 1919

Garter: Henry Farnham Burke
Clarenceax: William Henry Weldon

John Evelyn Ansell AF

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families 1929

John Evelyn Ansell and his wife, Ada Maria, had two children, Enid (b.1897) and Evelyn (b.1898 d.1970).  Evelyn married Mary L S Eaton in 1928 and lived in Cambridge.  They had two daughters, Meryll Carinthia (b.1930) and Rosemary (b.1934).

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