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9 February 2019

Grant of Arms: John Vaughan 1813

Exeter based auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are offering for sale the 1813 Grant of Arms to Captain John Vaughan of the 21st Native Infantry in the service of the East India Company in Bengal.  The Grant also extend to his brother Thomas and two sisters, Mary-Anne & Sylvia.  The sale is due on the 6th March and has an auctioneer’s estimate of £80 – £120.

Vaughan John Arms

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Arms: Per pale Sable and Azure on a chevron embattled counterembattled ermine between three boys heads’ affrontee couped at the shoulder and a snake entwined about the neck of each proper an eastern crown between two spears heads erect Gules in the centre chief point a fusil Argent charged with a sword erect also proper.
Crest: Out of a crown vallery Or a dexter cubit in armour entwined by a snake proper charged on the wrist with a rose Gules the gauntlet grasping a dagger also proper.
Motto: Fortiter Et Fideliter

Dated: 15th April 1813

Garter: Sir Isaac Heard
Clarenceux: George Harrison

 

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22 January 2019

Grant of Arms: Gerald Hill 1906

Auctioneers Thomson Roddick are offering for sale the 1906 Grant of Arms to Gerald Hill.  Live Auction on 30 Jan 2019 12:00 GMT, Auctioneer’s estimate 30 GBP – 40 GBP.

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Arms: Argent on a pile Purpure a flint stone proper insigned by an open Crown Or.
Crest: A flint stone as in the Arms issuant therefrom a slip of oak fructed proper.
Motto: Post Fata Resurgo

Dated: 6th October 1906

Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Norroy: William Henry Welden

Grant of Arms: Franklen George Evans 1897

Auctioneers Lodge & Thomas are offering for sale the 1897 Grant of Arms to Franklen George Evans.  Rather frustratingly, they are not providing any pictures of the Grant itself, just the box and the rolled up document.

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Dated: 30th April 1897

Garter: Albert William Woods

Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

 

However, Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families do give details of the Arms:

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14 January 2019

Identify these Arms: Victorian Seal

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:04
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Lawrences of Crewkerne are offering for sale a Victorian gold mounted agate seal.

Can you identify the Arms?  I have un-reversed the image so that the Arms are “true”.

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No prizes I am afraid.

13 January 2019

Matriculation of Arms: George Duncan Mackay 1901

eBay vendor, woodcliffonthehudson, is offering for sale the 1901 Matriculation of Arms of George Duncan Mackay (b.1853 d.1916) of Inveralmond in the County of Midlothian, a Major in the First Edinburgh City Volunteer Artillery.  The current asking price is US$950.00, approximately £740.89.

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Arms: Azure on a chevron engrailed between three bears heads couped Argent muzzled Gules a roebucks head couped between two hands issuant from the ends of the chevron each holding a dagger all proper a bordure engrailed of the second charged with three martlets of the third.
Crest: A dexter hand couped at the wrist holding a dagger in pale all proper.
Motto: Manu Forti

Matriculated: 14th August 1901

Lyon Clerk: Francis J Grant

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Fox-Davies: Armorial Families 1929

 

12 January 2019

Grant of Arms: Frederic John Billing 1992 (Australia)

eBay vendor, nikitacat1carol, is offering for sale the 1992 Grant of Arms to Frederic John Billing of Port Keats in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory.  He was a longtime member and Secretary of “The Australian Heraldry Society”.  The current asking price is AUS$3,995.00

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billings arms

Arms: Or on a bend Sable between two late medieval swords bendwise points downward proper a stag’s head couped Or between two celtic crosses Argent.
Crest: A stag statant Or round the neck a sash and pendant therefrom an escutcheon Vert resting the dexter forefoot on a celtic cross Argent
Motto: Kernow YnBro Bell. (A Cornishman in a far land.)
Dated: 12th August, 1992  “in the forty first year of the reign of Our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen of Australia…”

Garter: Sir Alexander Colin Cole
Clarenceux: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Norroy & Ulster: John Philip Brooke Brooke-Little

 

Grant of Arms: Herbert Eccles 1905

eBay vendor, scooterboysx175, is offering for sale the 1905 Grant of Arms to Herbert Eccles (b.1858 d.1928) of Penrhiewtyn House Llantwit Lower, County Glamorgan.  The asking price is £495.00.

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Arms: Argent a chevron Gules between the eagles displayed Azure on a chief of the last two bees volant Or.
Crest: A bee volant between two thistles in saltire slipped and leaved all proper.
Motto: Prodesse Quam Conspici
Dated: 9th June 1905

Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

 

Herbert’s two sons were Alexander Herbert Lindsey Eccles (14 May 1908 – 29 Aug 1991) and Roy Hector Eccles (2 Dec 1900 – 17 Jan 1938) and are listed amongst The Golden Age of Grand Prix Drivers 1934-40.

 

11 January 2019

Grant of Supporters: Lt Gen Sir Ralph Abercromby 1798

eBay vendor archaeological_historical is offering for sale the 1798 Grant of Supporters to the Rt Hon Lieutenant General Sir Ralph Abercromby Knight Companion of the Most Honorable Military Order of the Bath.  The current asking price is £499.99.

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Arms: Argent a chevron indented Gules between three boars’ heads erased Azure armed Or and langued Sable in the middle chief point a crescent Vert.

Crest: A bee volant proper

Supporters: On either side a greyhound per fess Argent and Or collar and line Gules charged on the shoulder with a thistle proper.

Motto: Vive Ut Vivas

Dated: 30th January 1798

10 January 2019

19th Century Hatchment

Somerset based auctioneers, Lawrences, are offering for sale on the 18th January a rather splendid but small (39cm by 39cm) hatchment for a Marquess.  However, the Arms are unidentified, even with the assistance of the Heraldry Society.  Therefore, it seems likely that this is a sample or a promotional example.  The auctioneer’s estimate is £50 to £100. – UPDATE Sold for £400hatchment2Arms: Gules on a fess Argent between three mullets erminois a lion passant guardant Sable.

Crest: An eagles’s head erased Or gorged with a collar gemelle Azure ducally crowned Gules .

Supporters: Two griffins proper collard Or.

If these Arms have not been Granted in England & Wales, Ireland or Scotland, perhaps some non-armigerous individual can petition for them?  All they need do thereafter is work out how they can be ennobled as a Marquess.

Armorial Bearings of Gollop of Strode

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On and off over the past 35 years or so, I have been looking at the Gollop family from Dorset, more on that later. However, in the last few months I have revisited the Armorial Bearings of the Gollops and, as a result, have had to make a few tweaks to my blazons and emblazonments;

The pedigree of Gollop of North Bowood and Strode first appears in the 1623 Visitation of Dorset but without any recorded Arms. However, in the Harleian Society’s Visitation of Dorset 1677 (published 1977) the Arms are recorded as “Quarterly: 1 and 4, Gules on a bend or a lion sable; 2 and 3, Azure, a bear passant argent”. Whilst the published pedigree does mention two heiresses, it is not clear from whom the Bear Passant is inherited.

A further twist is that there were two Grants from the College of Arms after the Visitation. The first in 1682 and the second in 1720. I raised this with the College and received the following response from the office of John Petrie, Rouge Croix;

“We have looked at the two grants you mentioned. The first (Coll. Arms Grants 3/162), is not a grant, but an assignation of tinctures. It seems Thomas Gallop, son of Thomas Gallop, appeared at the College with a ‘much worne’ seal ring which he said had been used by his father for many years. Despite the fact that no arms were recorded for the family at the visitation of Dorset in 1623, the heralds seem to have accepted the arms on the seal – On a Bend a Lion passant – as the arms of the family and ‘granted and assigned’ the tinctures Gules on a Bend Or a Lion passant Sable armed and langued Gules. The confirmation was to ‘the said Thomas Gollop’, which is a little unhelpful considering both father and son are mentioned earlier, and the patent is dated the 30th October 1682. 

The second grant (Coll. Arms Grants 6/417) is the result of Thomas Gallop, junior, desiring a grant of a crest after omitting to petition for one in 1682. The text of this patent makes clear that the earlier assignation of tinctures was to both Thomas Gallop, junior, and the other descendants of his father, and with the same limitation. It grants a crest of “On a Wreath of his Colours a Demy Lion Rampant Bendy of four Or and Sable holding in his Dexter Paw a Spear Or, the Staff Rompu Gules”. The patent is dated the 20th April 1720.”

It was also noted that the quartering with a Bear was unidentified in the 1677 Visitation and seems to be its only occurrence in the College records.

As the College mentioned above, there is some confusion regarding which “Thomas Gollop” is which. The cast of characters for the period were:

  1. Thomas Gollop b.1582 d.1663

1.1. Thomas Gollop b.1617 d.1692

1.1.1. Thomas Gollop b.1640 dsp.1727

Looking at the published pedigrees, I think 1. Thomas Gollop would have been the signatory of the 1623 Visitation and 1.1. Thomas Gollop that for the 1677 Visitation. What is not clear is which Thomas Gollop petitioned for the two “Grants”. Initially I thought it was 1.1. in 1682 and then 1.1.1. in 1720. However, re-reading the College’s response, I suspect it was Thomas Gollop (b.1640 dsp.1727), he would have been aged 42 and 80 respectively for each Grant. The latter Thomas was the eldest of 12 brothers, at least five of which had children. Incidentally, the North Bowood & Strode estates, by agreement, passed to the fourth son, John.

The knock on effect of the above was to realise that I had been using the wrong blazon for Gollop. I initially used the one listed in Burke’s General Armory (and then added the Bear quarter);

Arms: Gules on a bend Or a lion passant guardant Sable

Crest: A demi lion bendy Or and Sable holding in the dexter paw a broken arrow Gules.

This is subtly different from the actual blazon;

Arms: Gules on a Bend Or a Lion passant Sable armed and langued Gules

Crest: A Demy Lion Rampant Bendy of four Or and Sable holding in his Dexter Paw a Spear Or, the Staff Rompu Gules


My interest in the Dorset Gollops started when I tried to identify the family of my paternal great-great-great-great grandmother Elizabeth Gollop and any connection with the armigerous family of Gollop of Strode. She married the Rev’d John Plowman at Toller Porcorum, Dorset, on 7th November 1776. The marriage was witnessed by a Thomas Gollop and Eliza Maria Foy. The first hint at a possible connection was Eliza Maria Foy. The two sons of the John Gollop of Strode mentioned above, John & Thomas, married two Foy sisters. Eliza was either the wife of their nephew or his daughter.

I was unable to find any further details about Elizabeth Gollop in parish records, partly due the fact that Thomas and Elizabeth were the most popular Christian names in Dorset. However, by checking the wills of multiple Thomas Gollops I found her brother (died 1823) and the name of her father, also Thomas. Various documents* held by the Dorset History Centre showed that her brother had financial difficulties over a number of years. By following a number of Indentures that concerned Lowcombe Farm (also Staverlands, Saunder’s Living and Hogbear) in North Bowood it was possible to track its ownership from her brother back to the 1690s. That showed that their grandparent were Thomas Gollop and Mary Foy.

Expanding the family tree a bit:

1. Thomas Gollop b.1582 d.1663
1.1. Thomas Gollop b.1617 d.1692
1.1.1. Thomas Gollop b.1640 dsp.1727
1.1.2. Giles Gollop
1.1.3. William Gollop
1.1.4. John Gollop of Strode d.1731
1.1.4.1. John Gollop of Strode m. Edith Foy – His issue are recorded in Burke’s Landed Gentry
1.1.4.2. Thomas Gollop of London d.1743 m. Mary Foy
1.1.4.2.1. Thomas Gollop of Weymouth d.bef 1780
1.1.4.2.1.1. Thomas Gollop of Bincombe dsp.1824
1.1.4.2.1.2. Elizabeth Gollop d.1806 m.1776 Rev John Plowman
1.1.4.2.1.2.1. Thomas Plowman d.1856
1.1.4.2.1.2.2. Henry Plowman d.1842
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3. Rev John Herbert Plowman d.1892
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3.1. Rev Herbert W T Plowman d.1902
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3.1.1. Clifford H F Plowman d.1948
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3.1.1.1. Ronald T F Plowman d.2004 Grantee of Arms
1.1.4.2.1.2.2.3.1.1.1.1. Stephen J F Plowman

Elizabeth Plowman died in 1806 and her brother died without issue in 1823, this made Elizabeth a heraldic heiress in her issue. In the English heraldic tradition, a heraldic heiresses’ Arms go into “limbo” until such time as a male heir has Arms with which to quarter them. Therefore, I could display my Arms as below:

Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent three Anchors Sable each entwined by a Serpent Gules on a Chief enarched nebuly Azure three Martlets rising Or (for Plowman) 2nd Gules on a bend Or a lion passant Sable a martlet Or charged with a crescent Gules for difference (for Gollop 1st & 4th Vis 1677) 3rd Azure a bear passant Argent (for Gollop 2nd & 3rd Vis 1677)

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7 January 2019

Inner Temple Lectors: Bracebridge and Ludford

Salisbury based auctioneers, Woolley & Wallis, are offering for sale three carved and painted wood coats of arms.  Two of which have inscriptions identifying the armigers.  The sale in on 9th January with an Auctioneer’s estimate of £300-400.

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[Left]: John Bracebridge Ludford, Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple, Lector 1772.

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Vaire Argent and Sable a fesse Gules (for Bracebridge) 2nd & 3rd Azure a chevron between three boars’ heads erased Or (for Ludford)

[Right]: Samuel Bracebridge, Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple, Lector 1731.

Arms: Vaire Argent and Sable a fesse Gules

John Bracebridge Ludford’s father, another Samuel Bracebridge, was a first cousin of the Samuel Bracebridge above.  He changed his name to Ludford.

 

I have yet to identify the third, top most set of quarterly Arms.

 

 

 

11 December 2018

Edwards of Toxteth Park

Forum Auctions are offering for sale the Coat of arms of Edwards of Toxteth Park, Liverpool and Broughton Park, Manchester, watercolour coat of arms, on vellum.

Edwards on vellum

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Or a pile Azure over all a chevron counterchanged between three horses’ heads erased Argent (for Edwards) 2nd & 3rd Per bend sinister ermine and ermines a lion Rampant Or.

Crest: A man in complete armour resting his dexter hand on a sword point downwards proper and supporting with his sinister hand a shield of the Arms of Edwards.

Motto (over the crest): A Vynno Duw Dervid (What God wills will be accomplished)

Motto (under the Arms): Duw Ydi Cin Cryfdwr (God is our strength)

Edwards - Heraldic Register

Extract from Burke’s The Heraldic Register: 1849-1850

 

 

15 September 2018

Grant of Arms: Sir William Beechey 1829

Chiswick Auctions are offering for sale on 10th October the Grant of Arms to Sir William Beechey of Craven Hill, Bayswater and also to his wife Anne Phyllis nee Jessup as co-heir of William Jessup of Norwich.  Auctioneer’s estimate £400  – £600.

 

The text notes that “the Armorial Bearings borne by his family have not been duly established and being unwilling to continue to use thereof without lawful authority he therefore requested the favour of His Grace’s Warrant for our granting and assigning such Armorial Ensigns as may be proper to be borne by him and his descendants.“.

Beechey Arms

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Beechey
Arms: Per fess Azure and Ermine a pale counterchanged on a chevron Gules between three eagles displayed Or a knights helmet proper between two chaplets gold.
Crest: An eagle displayed Azure charged on the breast and wings with an ermine spot Or each claw resting on a chaplet as in the Arms.
Motto: Persta Atque Obdura

Jessup Arms

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Arms: Or between two bars as many mullets Gules in chief three leopards faces and in base a mullet of the last.

Dated: 16th February 1829

Garter: Sir George Nayler
Clarenceux: Ralph Bigland

 

13 September 2018

Grant of Arms: County of Roxburgh 1798

Auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh are offering for sale the framed 1798 Grant of Arms to the County of Roxburgh.  The County of Roxburgh was the first Scottish county to receive a Grant of Arms.  The auction is due on 2nd October with an auctioneer’s estimate of £100 – £150.

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Arms: Azure a unicorn salient Argent horned maned and unguled Or the tail tufted of the last on a chief of the second a hunting-horn Sable stringed and viroled Gules between two esquires’ helmets of the field.
Crest: A dexter arm from the shoulder vambraced and brandishing a scimitar aloft proper. The last hilted and pommelled Or.
Motto: Ne Cede Malis Sed Contra Audentior Ito
Dated: 9th July 1798

Lord Lyon: Robert Auriol Drummond Hay, Earl of Kinnoull

9 September 2018

Winchester Cathedral: Nicholson of Basing Park

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:37
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On Saturday 9th September I visited Winchester Cathedral to see the Flower Festival.  In addition to the wonderful floral displays there were numerous armorial memorials.  One that immediately caught my eye was to William Nicholson of Basing Park.  The Arms  of his grandson, Sir Godfrey Nicholson Bt, were included in my Nicholson Armorial.

Nicholson-Basing Winchester Arms

Nicholson-Basing Winchester Full

 

Arms: Per pale Azure and Gules two bars gemel ermine in chief three suns in splendour Or.
Crest: Out of an antique crown a lion’s head ermine gorged with a collar gemel Azure.
Motto: Sol et Scutum Deus.

Dated: 21 June 1906

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Fox-Davies Armorial Families 1929

 

 

12 August 2018

Confirmation of Arms: Benjamin Brabazon Barton 1940

Auctioneers Barry L Hawkins of Downham Market, Norfolk, have recently sold the 1940 Irish Confirmation of Arms to Benjamin Brabazon Barton of Ballyline.  The hammer price on 8th August 2018 was £130.

Benjamin Brabazon Barton was the only son of Edward Fergus John Barton and Jane Lucy Brabazon. He married Constance Helen Stewart and had two daughters:

  1. Daphne Veronica Catherine Barton b. 28 March 1934
  2. Barbara Vera Jane Barton b. 8 February 1937.  She married William Harald Blatch in 1963.

Both daughters appear to have been residing in Norfolk around 1997 – 2004.

Barton Arms

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Arms: Argent three boars’ heads couped Gules in the centre chief point a sprig of oak leaves fructed proper.
Crest: A boars head couped Gules.
Motto: Fide et Fortitudine

Dated: 1st December 1940

Deputy Ulster King of Arms: Thomas Ulick Sadleir

15 July 2018

Grant of Arms: Francis William Pixley for Robert Blore 1914

eBay vendor, woodcliffonthehudson, is offering for sale the 1914 Grant of Arms to Francis William Pixley in respect of his maternal grandfather, Robert Blore, to be borne as quarters with those of Pixley.  Francis’ mother, Caroline, was the heir to Robert Blore of Freshwater, Isle of Wight.

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Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a fess engrailed Or gutty-de-l’armes between two daggers points downwards in chief and a cross crosslet fitchy in base Or (for Pixley) 2nd & 3rd Or a double-headed eagle displayed between two crosses couped in pale Gules (for Blore)

Not included in the Letters Patent above:
Crest: In front of a cross crosslet fitchy Or a morion proper between two wings Azure each charged with a dagger as in the Arms.
Motto: Per Vias Rectas

Dated: 16th November 1914

Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Clarenceux: William Henry Weldon
Norroy: Henry Farnham Burke

Francis William Pixley’s Arms are also listed in the 1929 edition of Arthur Charles Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families

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The Arms in Armorial Families are impaling those of Simpson: Argent on a chief Purpure thee crescents of the first. These Arms are recorded in the Lyon Register to  Alexander Prout Simpson (b.1859 d.1930), the brother of Elizabeth Mary Pixley (b.1852) and Francis’ wife.

I do not know if the Arms matriculated by Alexander Prout Simpson included his father, John Price Simpson.  Unfortunately, digital images from the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland hosted by Scotlandspeople.gov.uk currently only goes up to 1916.

 

14 July 2018

Grant of Arms: John Wadman 1667

Back in October 2015 Spink & Son sold the Grant of Arms to John Wadman of Brooke, Wiltshire for £380.

Wadman Arms

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Wadman Grantees

Arms: Ermine on a bend cotised Gules three roses Argent seeded Or.
Crest: A demi eagle ermine winged Gules.
Date: 20th May 1667

Garter: Sir Edward Walker

 

11 July 2018

Royal Licence: Edmund Whitney Fetherston-Whitney 1859

Bellmans Auctioneers & Valuers sold in 2015 the 1859 Royal Licence authorising  Edmund Whitney Fetherston Esq. of Newpass, Co. Westmeath to take the Name of Whitney in addition to Fetherston and to bear the Arms of Whitney quarterly with those of Fetherston.

Edmund was the 3rd son of the Rev Sir Thomas Francis Fetherston, 4th Baronet of Ardagh, co. Longford, the eldest by the latter’s second wife, Anne L’Estrange.  Two of his younger brother’s also were granted Royal Licences to assume the name Whitney in 1880 and 1881.  The youngest, Henry Ernest William, also changed the spelling from Fetherston to Fetherstonhaugh, the “haugh” being silent.

Fetherston Arms

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Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a cross chequy Or and Sable in the dexter quarter a crescent of the second (for Whitney) 2nd & 3rd Gules on a chevron between three ostrich feathers Argent a pellet Sable (for Fetherston).
Crest: A bull’s head couped Sable horned Argent tipped Gules gorged with a collar chequy Or and Sable (for Whitney) An Antelope statant Argent armed Or (for Fetherston)
Motto: Volens Et Valens

Dated: 11th July 1859

Ulster: Sir John Bernard Burke

Fetherston RL

 

9 July 2018

Grant of Arms: Sir William Jenner 1868

eBay vendor, 7830_harewood, is offering for sale the 1868 Grant of Arms to William Jenner of Harley Street, Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria.The sale is due to end 5th August 2018 and has a price of £1,500.

The Earl Marshall’s Warrant was dated 5th February 1868, just 20 days before William Jenner was created a Baronet, so the Grant refers to William as an Esquire rather than a Baronet.

Jenner Arms

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Jenner - Grantees

Arms: Per chevron Azure and Or in chief two estoiles of the last and in base a serpent nowed proper all within a bordure ermine.
Crest: On a mount Vert a lamp of three branches Argent suspended by three chains Or fired proper.
Motto: Fide Et Labore

Dated: 10th February 1868

Garter: Sir Charles George Young
Clarenceux: Robert Laurie

Jenner -AF

The Baronetcy expired in 1954 with the death of the 3rd Baronet, Sir Albert Victor Jenner Bt.  Sir Albert was Sir William’s second son, his elder brother, Sir Walter Kentish William Jenner, 2nd Baronet, died in 1948.  The three younger brothers all died before 1954 without issue.

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