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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.

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.

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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“.

5 February 2017

Bookplate: Peter Duncan Esslemont (1935-2011)

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.

 

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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.

24 February 2016

Bookplate: James Brodie of Brodie

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 12:57
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The bookplate of James Brodie of Brodie is on sale at eBay with a starting price of £7.50. (Vendor postcardspostcards )

From the Brodie family tree, James was the 21st Thane of Brodie born in 1744 and died in 1824

 

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Arms: Argent a chevron Gules between three mullets Azure.

Crest: A right hand holding a bunch of arrows all proper.

Motto: Unite

Supporters: Two savages wreathed about the head and middle with laurel each holding a club resting against his shoulder proper.

 

To see more recorded Arms for Brodie, visit my Brodie Armorial.

27 December 2015

Bookplate: Francis Fulford of Fulford 1699

On sale at eBay is a bookplate of Francis Fulford of Fulford in Devon (Vendor: london3621).  Colonel Francis Fulford’s second wife was Mary Tuckfield, heiress to John Tuckfield of Little Fulford.  The marriage effectively joined the two estates for Great Fulford and Little Fulford.  However, Francis Fulford died without issue and his widow re-married but left the Little Fulford estate to a cousin.  The Great Fulford estate passed to the Colonel’s cousin, (another) Francis Fulford.

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Arms: Gules a chevron Argent (for Fulford)

on an escutcheon of pretence;

Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent three lozenges in fess conjoined Sable (for Tuckfield) 2nd Per pale Gules and Azure three close helmets Argent garnished Or (for Pyncombe) 4th Argent masonry Sable a chief indented Sable (for Reynell)
Crest: A bear’s head erased Argent muzzled Sable

 

Link to Recorded Arms for Fulford

 

26 April 2015

Bookplate: Rev’d Anthony Lister (later Marsden) (b.1777 d.1852)

Filed under: Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 17:03
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The eBay sale has just concluded for the bookplate of the Reverend Anthony Lister of Gargrave, vendor look-back-in-time.  In 1807 Lister married Mary, the daughter of William York.  In 1827 he changed his surname by Royal License to Marsden as a condition of inheriting an estate from John Marsden.  However, the legacy was subject to two legal challenges.  The second case did not find in his favour.

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Arms: Ermine on a fesse Sable three mullets Argent (for Lister)
Crest: A stag’s head proper
impaling
Arms: Ermine on a cross Azure a woolpack Or between four lions passant guardant Argent on a chief Gules a sword proper pommel and hilt Or surmounted by a key in saltire of the last (for York)

22 April 2015

Bookplate: William Mitford of Exbury (b.1744 d.1827)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 08:38
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Vendor prexiepost has on sale at eBay a bookplate of William Mitford of Exbury, Hampshire.  William is the ancestor of the famous “Mitford Sisters“.

This bookplate is listed in Franks’ “Catalogue of British & American Book Plates” under the reference 20768.

 

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Arms: Quarterly 1st Argent a fesse between three moles Sable (for Mitford) 2nd Sable a maunch Argent (for Wharton) 3rd Sable three roses Argent seeded Or (for Powell) 4th Argent a chevron engrailed Gules between three estoiles of sixteen points Azure (for Reveley)

Crest: A dexter and sinister hands couped proper supporting a sword in pale Argent pommelled Or pierced through a boar’s head Sable tusked gold couped Gules

 

 

Mitford William lineage

5 January 2015

Bookplate: Richard Joseph Sulivan (1752-1806)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:17
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Vendor look-back-in-time has on sale at eBay the bookplate of Richard Joseph Sulivan of Thames Ditton.  The bookplate would appear to date from between 1778 when he married Mary Lodge and his receipt of a Baronetcy in 1804.

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Arms: Per fess the base per pale, in chief Or a dexter hand couped at the wrist holding a sword erect proper hilted Gules the blade entwined with a serpent proper between two lions rampant respectant of the second the dexter base Vert charged with a buck trippant Or on the sinister base per pale Argent and Sable a boar passant counter-changed.

Impaling: Gules a lion rampant Argent crusily of the field within a bordure flory Argent (for Lodge)

Crest: On a ducal coronet Or a robin holding in the beak a sprig of laurel proper.
Motto: Lamh foisdineach an uachtar (What we gain by conquest we secure by clemency).

Bookplate: Davies Gilbert formerly Giddy

The bookplate of Davies Gilbert PRS (1766-1839), formerly Giddy, is on sale at eBay, the vendor is bungalowblondie2.  Davies Giddy was the only son of Rev’d Edward Giddy and Catherine Davies. Catherine was heiress to her father and was one of the co-heirs to the Barony of Sandys of the Vine which fell into abeyance in 1683 after the death of the 8th Baron.

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In 1808 Davies Giddy married Mary Anne Gilbert.     Following the death of Mary’s uncle, Davies Giddy took the Name and Arms of Gilbert.

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Arms: Quarterly 1st Argent on a chevron Gules three roses of the field with a canton Gules for difference (for Gilbert)
2nd Or a fess engrailed Vert in chief a lion passant Gules in base three torteaux two and one (for Giddy)
3rd Argent a fess ermines between three pierced mullets Gules (for Davies)
4th Argent three bendlets Sable on a canton of the last a cross of the first (for Noye)
5th Or a fess indented between three crosses crosslet fitchy Gules (for Sandys of Ombersley)
6th Argent a cross raguly Sable (for Sandys of the Vine )

With an escutcheon of pretence
Argent on a chevron Gules three roses of the field (for Gilbert)

Crest:A squirrel sejant Gules cracking a nut Or charged on the shoulder with a cross crosslet gold for difference

Motto: Teg yw Hedwch

Their children bore the Arms without the canton Gules for difference.

 

 

25 December 2014

Bookplate: Sir Edmund Antrobus Bt

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:25
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Antrobus is one of the names covered in my Armorial and eBay now has on sale the bookplate of Sir Edmund Antrobus Bt, the vendor is look-back-in-time.

Antrobus Bookplate

The blazon (107th Edition Burke’s Peerage):

Arms: Lozengy Or and Azures on a pale Gules three estoiles of six points wavy of the first.
Crest: Issuing out of rays proper a unicorn’s head couped Argent horned and maned Or gorged with a wreath of laurel proper.
Supporters: Two horses proper.
Motto: Dei Memor Gratus Amicis

 

 

 

 

 

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