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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.

SIR JOHN HAWKINS 2

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.

Hawkins

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.

Thomas Roderick O'Connor Arms

LP Arms

Thomas Roderick O'Connor Text

LP Text

Thomas Roderick O'Connor AF

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

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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).

21 April 2017

College of Arms Recruitment

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 19:49
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From the College of Arms website:

The College of Arms is seeking to recruit a research assistant (trainee) for a period of six to twelve months. The successful candidate will learn how to deal with heraldic and genealogical enquiries arising from members of the public and various organisations, how to process applications for new grants of arms and about other work undertaken by the College. Upon completion of this training period, the candidate will be assessed with a view to appointment as an officer of arms. If appointed, he or she will be able to run an independent heraldic and genealogical practice within the College generating his or her own income.

Research Assistantship (Traineeship) with a view to appointment as an Officer of Arms

 

 

17 March 2017

Grant of Arms: David Heath Thornely 2008

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:14
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e-Bay vendor joshlou333 is offering for sale the 2008 Grant of Arms to David Heath Thornely (b.1938 d.2017) of Dunnerdale, Cumbria.  The Grant was included in the College of Arms Newsletter of December 2008.

Thornely LP

Thornely Arms2

 

Arms: Gules between two bars gemel wavy Argent three cotton bolls Argent husked and slipped Or a canton Ermine.
Crest: A wolf’s head erased gorged with a collar Gules charged with six anchors Or three manifest holding in the mouth a cotton boll Argent husked and slipped Or.
Motto: Dum Spiro Spero

12 March 2017

Royal Licence: Lewis Owen Williams-Owen 1925

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Vendor brooklandcollectables is offering for sale on eBay the Royal Licence to Lewis Owen Williams to take the surname of Owen in addition to and after that of Williams dated 9th December 1925.

Williams-Owens LP 002

Williams-Owens Arms

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent a pile Sable between two lions rampant Gules a bordure engrailed also Sable (for Owen) 2nd & 3rd Argent two chevronels between in chief as many cocks Gules and in pase two serpents entwined Vert(for Williams)
Crest: On a wreath of the colours a lion couchant holding between the fore paws a greyhound’s head erased Or (for Owen)
On a wreath of the colours upon a chevron a cock Gules (for Williams)

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.

Adolphus Benjamin Perry-Evans Arms

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

5 March 2017

Display of Arms: The Worshipful Company of Grocers

Tring Market Auctions are offering for sale by auction a framed achievement of Arms of the Worshipful Company of Grocers – one of the “Great Twelve” Livery Companies of the City of London.  The auctioneer’s estimate is between £60 and £80.  Unfortunately the description does include the “masonic” which is not the case.

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Arms : Argent a chevron Gules between nine cloves Sable.
Crest: A camel statant Or bridled Sable on his back two bags of pepper Argent powdered with cloves and corded Sable.
Supporters: On either side a griffin per fesse Gules and Or the underwing Azure, beaked and clawed Or.
Motto: God grant grace.

 

 

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.

heytesbury-house-bookplate

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.

11 February 2017

Bookplate: The Hon. Robert Henry Meade

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 12:34
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Vendor supermanifest is offering for sale on eBay the rather splendid bookplate of The Hon. Robert Henry Meade.  Robert was the second son of the 3rd Earl of Clanwilliam.

meade-robert-henry-bookplate

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a chevron ermine between three trefoils slipped Argent a crescent for difference 2nd Argent three peewits proper (for Magill) 3rd Per chevron Argent and Vert three hinds trippant proper (for Hawkins)

impaling

Sable a cross patonce within a bordure Or (for Lascelles).

Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable.

Motto: Tout Jours Prest (Always Ready)

Two things that caught my eye;

  1. The bookplate is dated 1879 and the impaled Arms are those of his first wife,Lady Mary Elizabeth Lascelles, who died in 1866.  Robert remarried in 1880.
  2. The 2nd & 3rd quarters have been displayed as grandquarters by other members of the family.  They are from the 1st Earls wife, Theodosia, the only child and heir of Robert Hawkins Magill.  Burke’s General Armory lists the Arms for the Magill quarter as “Azure three peewits Argent“.

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