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23 April 2017

Admiral Sir John Hawkins

Charles Miller Ltd are offering for sale Lot 208 a stained glass roundel bearing the Arms of Admiral Sir John Hawkins.  The roundel display the Arms granted in 1565 before the addition of an augmentation in 1571.

The auction is due 2nd May 2017 with an estimate of £800 – £1,000.

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Arms: Sable on a point wavy a lion passant Or in chief three bezants.
Crest: A demi moor proper bound an captive with annulets on his arms and ears Or.

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The 1571 augmentation consisted of a “on a canton Or an escallop between two palmers’ staves Sable”.

 

Confirmation of Arms: Thomas Roderick O’Connor 1910

Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh are offering for sale Lot 124 the Confirmation of Arms to Thomas Roderick O’Connor of Rathnew and Clunygrassin the County of Roscommon and of Dalton in the County of Northumberland by Capt. Nevile Rodwell Wilkinson, Ulster King of Arms dated 9th August 1910.  The auction is set for 17th May 2017 with a sale estimate of £100 to £200.

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Armorial Families 1929

Arms: Argent an oak tree eradicated proper supported by two lions rampant combatant Sable in chief an ancient Irish crown Or and base three lizards passant to the sinister bar wise Vert.
Crest: Out of an Irish crown as in the Arms an arm embowed in armour the hand grasping a sword all proper mantled Gules doubled Argent.

 

22 April 2017

Grant of Arms: Reginald Walter John Hewson 1975

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:16
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Aldridges of Bath auction on 25th May are offering Lot 88A, the Grant of Arms to Reginald Walter John Hewson B.Sc(Engg) dated 5th July 1975.  Reginald Hewson was the resident engineer at the Ncora Dam in South Africa. Auctioneer’s estimate £70-£100.

Arms: Azure a swan’s head erased in the beak a fish proper on a chief Or a pair of calipers open points downward between two pairs of dividers open points upward proper.
Crest: A demi tiger guardant proper holding in the paws a pair of dividers open with the points upward Or.
Motto: Honesta Peto (I seek honourable things)

The Grant is signed by Anthony R Wagner (Garter), J R B Walker (Clarenceux) and Walter J Verco (Norroy & Ulster).

11 March 2017

Grant of Arms: Adolphus Benjamin Perry-Evans 1919

The Truro Auction Centre is offering Lot 243 at their auction 17th March 2017 the Grant of Arms to the Rev’d Adolphus Benjamin Perry-Evans (b.1872 d.1954).  Auctioneer’s estimate £60 to £100.

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Arms: Azure a boar’s head erased between three crosses ancrée Or
Crest: Upon a mount Vert a Boar’s head erased Or holding in the mouth a battleaxe in bend sinister proper and charged with a cross ancrée Azure.
Motto: Diligentia Fide Patientia

12 February 2017

Bookplate: Heytesbury House

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.

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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.

29 January 2017

Grant of Arms: James Smith Eastes 1884

The Canterbury Auction Galleries‘ next auction is on the 7th & 8th February 2017 and includes Lot 419 the 1884 Grant of Arms to James Smith Eastes (b.1827 d.1902) of Fairlawn, Ashford, Kent.  The estimate is £150 – £200.

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Arms: Azure on a chevron invected ermine between three fleurs-de-lis Argent two ears of wheat stalked and leaved chevronwise proper all within an orle Or.
Crest: In front of a garb Or three fleurs-de-lis Azure.
Motto: Palma Perseverantie

Mr James Smith Eastes was a Corn & Seed merchant which is reflected in the Crest and on the chevron.  At probate is estate was valued at £20,688 1s 10d.  He had six children:

  1. James Eastes b.1865 m.1891 (Alice Caroline Browne) d.?
  2. Mary E Eastes b.1867
  3. Florence Heberden Eastes b.1871
  4. Mabel Eastes b.1872
  5. Alice Mary Eastes b.1875
  6. Frank Robinson Eastes b.1876 m.1919 (Dorothy Mabel Woledge) d.1919

 

 

 

 

5 November 2016

Grant of Arms: Philip Ernest Hill 1935

The Salesroom“, an auction website, has details from Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions May 2015 catalogue of the 1935 Grant of Arms to Philip Ernest Hill (b.1873 d.1944) of Brook Street in the City of Westminster.

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Arms: Or a chevron Azure between in chief two roses Gules barbed and seeded proper and in base on a mount Vert a tower of the third within park pales Sable.
Crest: A stag’s head Or attired Sable the neck entwined with a snake Vert striking at the throat.
Badge: A stag’s head erased Or attired Sable the neck charged with a rose Gules barbed and seed proper and entwined with a snake Vert striking at the throat.
Motto: Propositi Tenax

 

Philip Hill bought Sunninghill Park in 1936.  The property was purchased by the Crown Estate in 1945 from his estate as a possible home for the Princess Elizabeth.  When he died in 1944 he left a gross estate of £3,008,327. However, there were some complications with the estate because the London Gazette published a notice in 1956 seeking those who had a claim on part of his estate.

 

Grant of Arms: Charles Purvis of Darsham 1779

Reigal Art & Antiques are advertising the 1779 Grant of Arms to Charles Purvis of Darsham, Suffolk for £500.

The text does include some genealogical details; Charles Purvis eldest son and heir of Rear Admiral Charles Wager Purvis and grandson of Captain George Purvis Royal Navy.

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Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms

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Arms: Azure on a fess Argent between three mascles Or as many cinquefoils of the field.
Crest: A sun rising Or out of a proper.
Motto (over): Clarior e Tenebris

Re-Grant of Arms: Rev John Burleigh James 1890

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 10:53
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On sale at eBay until 27th November is the 1890 Grant of Arms to the Rev’d John Burleigh James of Vanbrugh Fields, Blackheath (vendor makov25).  The Rev’d James was originally granted Arms on 10th July 1882, Burke’s General Armory gives the blazon as;

Arms: Per pale Gules and Or on a fess indented between three unicorns’ heads erased as many escallops all counterchanged.

Crest: An unicorn’s head Or encircled by a chaplet of roses proper.

The 1890 Letters Patent “requested the favour of His Grace’s Warrant for our making and granting such alterations accordingly to be borne and used by him and his descendants and by the other descendants of his father..“.

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Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms

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Arms: Gules on a fess nebuly between three unicorns’ heads erased Argent as many escallops proper in the centre chief point a Passion cross of the second.
Crest: A unicorn’s head erased Argent charged on the neck with an escallop Gules and supporting in the mouth a Passion cross also Gules.
Motto: Memor

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1929 Edition, Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families

29 October 2016

Grant of Arms: George Alexander Stephen 1900

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 12:03
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The 1900 Grant of Arms to George Alexander Stephen (1815-1908) in Australia is on sale on eBay (vendor stuartw6956).  It is currently listed for £499.99.

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Arms: Argent on a chevron invected between two crescents in chief and an escallop in base Gules a sinister hand couped at the wrist between two mullets Or.

Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable between on the dexter a decrescent and on the sinister an increscent holding in either beak an estoile all Or.

Motto: Vi et Armis  (By force and by arms)

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The Arms are a variation of those granted to Sir James Fitzjames Stephen Bart in 1891. Both are described in Fox -Davies’ Armorial Families as “descending from Ardendraught, Aberdeenshire”.

Arms: Argent on a chevron between two crescents in chief and a sinister hand couped at the wrist in base Gules an escallop between two mullets of the first.

Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable resting the dexter claw on an increscent and the sinister on a decrescent both Or.

Motto: Sursum (Upwards)

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