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8 June 2016

Church of St Michael the Archangel, Aldershot

In May 2014 I visited the Church of St Michael the Archangel, Aldershot.  I managed just a few photographs of the monuments therein.

Tichborne _Ellen_Monument

Monument to the “Lady Ellen Tichborne” (b. 1589 d.1606) the eldest daughter and co-heir of Sir Robert White of Aldershot and wife of Sir Richard Tichborne

Dexter side:

Vair a chief Or differenced by a label of three points Azure (for Tichborne)

Sinister side:

Vair a chief Or differenced by a label of three points Azure (for Tichborne) impaling Party per fess Azure and Or a pale counterchanged on the Azure three plates each charged with two bars wavy Vert and on the Or as many lion’s heads erased Gules (for White)

Tichborne _Mary_Monument

Monument to the “Lady Mary Tichborne” (d.1620) the younger daughter and co-heir of Sir Robert White and wife of Sir Walter Tichborne

Dexter side;

Quarterly 1st & 4th Party per fess Azure and Or a pale counterchanged on the Azure three plates each charged with two bars wavy Vert and on the Or as many lion’s heads erased Gules (for White) 2nd & 3rd Ermine on chevron cotised Sable three martlets Or (for Bradley)

Centre;

Vair a chief Or (for Tichborne) impaling Quarterly 1st & 4th Party per fess Azure and Or a pale counterchanged on the Azure three plates each charged with two bars wavy Vert and on the Or as many lion’s heads erased Gules (for White) 2nd & 3rd Ermine on chevron cotised Sable three martlets Or (for Bradley)

Sinister side;

Quarterly 1st & 4th Vair a chief Or (for Tichborne) 2nd Party per fess Azure and Or a pale counterchanged on the Azure three plates each charged with two bars wavy Vert and on the Or as many lion’s heads erased Gules (for White) 3rd Ermine on chevron cotised Sable three martlets Or (for Bradley).

Funeral_Helm

Funeral Helm

A lion’s head erased quarterly Or and Azure gutty counterchanged (for White).

White_Tichborne_Pedigree

The Church also has pedigree that was prepared by the College of Arms in 1966 which “is designed to illuminate the heraldry which appears upon the Memoral Brass to Sir John White…“.  The pedigree is signed by Colin Cole when Windsor Herald.

7 June 2016

Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton

Whilst doing a purge of various photographs on my phone I came across the one below I took in March 2013.

Herbert-Wilton

The Arms are displayed above the entrance to the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton, Wiltshire.

Arms: Per pale and Azure three lions rampant Argent.

Crest: A wyvern wings elevated Vert holding in the mouth a sinister hand couped at the wrist Gules.

Motto: Ung Je Serviray (One Will I Serve)

The Hall, part of the Wilton House Estate, is described in its website as having been built “in 1932 to commemorate the younger brother of Sidney, 16th Earl of Pembroke“.  I do not presume to tell the Earls of Pembroke their family history, but Burke’s Peerage does not show a younger brother of the 16th Earl called Michael.  Sidney, the 14th Earl, did have a younger brother, Sir Michael Henry Herbert KCMG, CB, PC (b.1857 d.1903).  Sir Michael had two sons, Sidney and Michael.  The younger son, Michael George Herbert, died in 1932 unmarried aged 39.

 

Any suggestions?

 

 

 

14 December 2015

Royal License: Patrick Robert Gordon Canning 1849

The sale on eBay of the concluded on 30th October 2015 for £349.99 (Vendor: ephemeralmayfly) of the Letter Patent by the College of Arms dated 31st December 1849 granting Patrick Robert Gordon and his wife Maria (eldest daughter of Robert Canning late of Foxcote), by Royal License, the use of the Name of Canning after Gordon and quartering the Arms of Canning with those of Gordon.

 Gordon Canning Robert

RL_Gazette_Gordon

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent three negroes heads couped proper wreathered about the temples of the first and Sable for distinction a cross crosslet in chief of the last (for Canning) 2nd & 3rd Azure on a chevron ermine between three boars’ heads erased Or a stag’s head erased Or (for Gordon of Milrig)

Crest: A stag’s head erased proper (for Gordon of Milrig)

Motto: Dum Vigilo Tutus & (over the crest) By Dand

The Letters Patent also state:

And the crest for Gordon (the Arms of Canning being set forth without a crest there not appearing any recorded to this branch of the family in the books of the College of Arms) as the same are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted to be born and used forever hereafter by him the said Patrick Robert Gordon Canning and (without the said distinction) by the issue of the marriage of the said Patrick Robert Gordon Canning and Maria his wife….”

However, the family seem to have used a Canning crest of “A demi-lion rampant Argent holding in the dexter pay a battleaxe proper” but retained the distinction in Burke’s Landed Gentry and the 1929 edition of Armorial Families:

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7 May 2014

Hopkinson of Wootton Court and of Edgeworth Manor, Glos

Earlier this year I was contacted by Richard Crook, of the landscape architects Portus & Whitton, to see if I could identify some heraldic stonework unearthed in land that was once part of the kitchen garden of Edgeworth Manor, Gloustershire.

Edgeworth Manor Coat of Arms1

A trawl through Burke’s General Armory looking at Arms associated with the surnames of various owners of Edgeworth Manor was not conclusive.  The closest match was for Hopkinson of Lofthouse, Yorkshire “Vert three pillows ermine“. That hinted towards Edmund Hopkinson who bought the manor in 1832 and died in 1869.

Richard then advised that Edmund’s father was George Caesar Hopkinson of Wootton Court who had served in the King’s Light Dragoons.  The Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms made mention of a Grant of Arms to a Lt Col Hopkinson of Wootton Court in 1823.  Unfortunately, I could not find any mention of the blazon in any of my reference books or on the Internet.  After numerous searches I did manage to find a rather poor quality image of Edmund Hopkinson’s bookplate. That at least was sufficient evidence to confirm the identity of the stonework.

Edmund Hopkinson Bookplate2

I am extremely grateful to Timothy Duke, Chester Herald, who kindly supplied the full blazon;

The arms are blazoned Vert a Horse’s head couped Argent bridled Sable between three Cushions Ermine tasselled Or and the crest on a wreath of the colours (ie Argent and Vert) A dexter Arm embowed habited Azure cuff Gules (being the Uniform of His Majesty’s aforesaid 15th Regiment of Dragoons) the hand grasping a Sabre the Arm entwined with a Laurel branch all proper and in an Escocheon the word EMSDORF.  Below the arms is inscribed the motto ONCE AND ALWAYS (Coll Arm ms Grants 34, 10).

Using that blazon I had a go at producing my rendition of the Arms;

Hopkinson-ColonelI had not realised that the Battle of Emsdorf, in which the 15th Light Dragoons played a major role, was the first instance of a battle honour being awarded to a British Regiment.  I am a bit puzzled by the blazon for the crest because the various pictures of the 15th have them with red sleeves and blue cuffs.

 

18 January 2012

The Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund, Salisbury

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,Places — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:08
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A couple of weekends ago I was in Salisbury with the family and I re-visited the Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund.  My first visit was a bit of a failure because my digital camera died on me.  However, this time armed with my new camera and in the company of my father-in-law I had more success.

As a interim step I have uploaded some of the pictures to photobucket.  The link below will take you to the gallery via the main website.

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26 September 2011

City of London – Some Heraldry

Filed under: Heraldry,Places — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:30
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On Saturday 24th September I was up in the City to attend a Regimental lunch at HMS President (RNR) in St Katherine’s Dock. I arrived early enough to stroll round my old haunts in the City from when I worked in the Lloyd’s Insurance market. A few random heraldic photographs:

The Union Discount Company of London

Doorway of St Andrew's Undershaft

Arms of the Clothworkers' Company

 

Leadenhall Market, Arms of the City of London

My main effort was in the Church of All Hallows by the Tower.  That will be a major project in its own right – time permitting.

8 September 2011

Actress Emilia Fox’s Arms

As a keen student of genealogy I have been watching the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Last night it was the turn of the actress Emilia Fox.  The latter part of the programme covered her great great grandfather Samson Fox.  He was the guiding force behind Harrogate’s Royal Hall.  The show briefly displayed a view of his Arms in the ceiling of the Hall:

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families gives the blazon as:

Arms: Argent a representation of a corrugated boiler-flue fesseways proper between two foxes courant Gules each holding in their mouth a trefoil slipped  Vert.
Crest: A representation of a corrugated boiler-flue as in the Arms and thereupon a fox Gules resting the dexter pay upon a trefoil slipped Vert.
Motto: Forti Nihil Difficile. (To the brave, nothing is difficult.)

The Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms has the following:

23 July 2011

St Mary’s Church, Buriton, Hampshire

Filed under: Heraldry,Places — Stephen J F Plowman @ 19:27
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A new webpage has been added for St Mary’s Church, Buriton, Hampshire.

13 June 2011

Cornwall County Council Arms

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,Places — Stephen J F Plowman @ 19:31
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Cornwall County Council Arms

The Arms of Cornwall County Council as displayed at Land’s End.

Arms: Sable fifteen Bezants in pile within a Bordure barry wavy of eight Argent and Azure.
Crest: On a Wreath Argent and Azure a Chough proper resting the dexter claw upon a Ducal Coronet Or.
Supporters: On the dexter side a Fisherman holding over the exterior shoulder a net and on the sinister side a Miner resting the exterior hand on a sledge hammer all proper.
Motto:  One and all.

The Arms were granted 5th April 1939.

11 June 2011

Bolitho Arms – Paul Church

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,Places — Stephen J F Plowman @ 11:07
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Bolitho

Paul Parish Church contains a wooden screen upon which are various Arms.  Unfortunately,  during my very quick visit I did not find any details.  The Arms above are probably for a descendant of Simon Bolitho (b.1695 d.1787) who married Mary, daughter and heir of Edward Borlase, by Prudence, daughter and heir of Peter Trevelyan, of Basell, in Cornwall.

The Dexter Arms:

1st  and 4th Ermine on a plain chevron between two chevronels engrailed and three fleurs-de-lis Sable five bezants (Bolitho)
2nd Ermine  on a bend Sable two hands and arms issuing out of the clouds at the elbows rending a horseshoe Or (Borlase)
3rd Gules a demi horse Argent hoofed and maned Or issuing out of water in base proper (Trevelyan)

Impaling

1st  Or a mountain Azure inflamed proper (MacLeod of  Cadboll *)
2nd Gules, three legs conjoined and armed Proper garnished Or (Lordship of Man)
3rd Or, lymphad: Sable, sail furled, oars in action, flags Gules  (Lordship of the Isles )
4th Azure, a castle triple-towered and embattled argent, masined sable, windows and porch gules. (McLeod)

The wife’s 1st quarter currently eludes me.  A Bolitho did marry a Mcleod in the 1880s.  More research required.  * My thanks to Arthur Radburn

Update:

The Arms are those of Lt Col William Edward Thomas Bolitho DSO  [Burke’s landed Gentry – Bolitho of Trengwainton] and Ethel Grace MacLeod, daughter of Robert Bruce AEnaeas MacLeod of Cadboll. He was only surviving son of William Bolitho of Polwithen and Mary Hichens Yonge, daughter and co-heir of William Yonge.

 

Colonel Bolitho  died in 1919¹ having resigned command of the 2/1st Royal Devon Yeomanry in 1918 because of bad health.  Both his sons pre-deceased him, Lt William Torquill MacLeod Bolitho was killed in action in 1915 aged 22.  He left a daughter, Brenda Grace.

 

¹ Col Bolitho’s effects were valued at £176,114 6s 8d for Probate in 1919.

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