I recently had the privilege of being “enclothed” as a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of the City of London. In anticipation of that event, I ordered a copy of Brian Brooks & Cecil Humphery-Smith’s A History of The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of London (2001) via World of Books Ltd. When I settled down to start reading the history I was delighted to find that the book contained the bookplate of Peter Duncan Esslemont. I knew of Peter through my membership of The White Lion Society and The Heraldry Society. Peter became a Liveryman of the Scriveners in 1986 and was due to become Master in 2011 but ill health stopped him taking office.
Arms: Or a rocky mount with verdure its base in the form of an ‘S’ the convex part to the dexter and the concave part to the sinister all proper on a chief Azure a garb also Or banded Gules between two boars’ heads couped Or.
Crest: A lymphad Azure mast rigging and sails furled proper and flagged Gules.
Motto: Semper Providere
Matriculated in the Court of the Lord Lyon, 21 March 1979.
The Arms are an excellent example of modern punning.
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.
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:
- James Eastes b.1865 m.1891 (Alice Caroline Browne) d.?
- Mary E Eastes b.1867
- Florence Heberden Eastes b.1871
- Mabel Eastes b.1872
- Alice Mary Eastes b.1875
- Frank Robinson Eastes b.1876 m.1919 (Dorothy Mabel Woledge) d.1919
On sale at eBay until 5th January 2017 is the 1953 Grant of Arms and Badge to Kenneth Powell Leach (b.1920 d.1980) [vendor makov25]. Sergeant, later Flight Lieutenant, Kenneth Leach was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in 1943 whilst with 235 Squadron RAF.
Arms: Ermine a Star of sixteen points Or on a chief dancettée Gules three Ancient Crowns of the second.
Crest: In front of two Wings conjoined in base Argent a Leech erect proper.
Motto: Spes Non Fracta
Badge: Out of an Ancient Crown Or a Wyvern’s head Sable.
The Salesroom website has details of Leach’s DFM which was sold with the medals of his pilot, Sergeant D.W. Chapman – link.
“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.
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.
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.
Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms
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
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..“.
Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms
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.
1929 Edition, Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families
The 1887 Grant of Arms to Alfred Edward Kitching (b.1858 d.1938) of Ayton Firs is on sale on eBay (vendor diggerlee). Alfred was the father of the 1908 Olympic Rower Harold Edward Kitching (b.1885 d.1980), later Colonel.
The Grant of Arms in on sale for £2,950.00 and was been listed on eBay earlier this year.
Arms: Gules on a chevron embattled counter embattled Argent between three Bustards close of the last a gryphon’s head erased between two crosses patonce of the first.
Crest: Upon the battlements of a tower proper a Wyvern wings elevated Vert gorged with a collar gemel Argent resting the dexter foot a cross patonce Or between two roses Gules stalked and leaved proper.
Motto: Nunquam Non Fidelis
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.
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)
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)
In May 2014 I visited the Church of St Michael the Archangel, Aldershot. I managed just a few photographs of the monuments therein.
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
Vair a chief Or differenced by a label of three points Azure (for Tichborne)
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)
Monument to the “Lady Mary Tichborne” (d.1620) the younger daughter and co-heir of Sir Robert White and wife of Sir Walter Tichborne
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)
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)
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).
A lion’s head erased quarterly Or and Azure gutty counterchanged (for White).
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.
Whilst doing a purge of various photographs on my phone I came across the one below I took in March 2013.
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.