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.
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
Arms: Argent a chevron Gules between three mullets Azure.
Crest: A right hand holding a bunch of arrows all proper.
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.
Another sale on eBay; the Grant of Arms to William Philip Park of Altadore, Fulwood, Lancs dated 1875. (Vendor makov25.) The starting price is £350.00.
Arms: Or a fess invected chequy Azure and Argent between three stags’ heads caboshed in chief and one in base Gules.
Crest: Upon a mount Vert a stag’s head caboshed Gules between two marigolds slipped proper.
Motto: Providentiae Me Committo (I commit myself to Providence)
The 1882 Grant of Arms to Thomas Dixon of Rhoda in Cumberland is on sale on eBay with a starting price of £199.99 (Vendor solwayantiques). The Arms are framed.
Arms: Azure on a pale Argent a fleur de lis of the first a chief engrailed Ermine.
Crest: In front of a cubit arm grasping a scymetar proper pomel and hilt Gold a staff raguly fesswise Or.
Motto: Quod Dixi Dixi (What I have said, I have said)
The sale on eBay of has recently ended of the Irish Confirmation of Arms to John Lothrop Motley Sheridan of Frampton Court (b.1876 d.1946), Dorset(vendor: hollowayfineart). Sale price £280.00
The Confirmation was on the basis of his descent from the Rev’d Thomas Sheridan (b.1687 d.1738) who married Elizabeth McFadden the only daughter and heiress of Charles McFadden of Quilea, County Cavan. The Confirmation is signed by Thomas Ulick Sadleir, Deputy Ulster King of Arms.
Arms: 1st & 4th Argent a lion rampant between three trefoils Vert (for Sheridan) 2nd & 3rd Pean a talbot passant Argent (for McFadden).
Crest: Out of a ducal coronet Or a stag’s head proper.
Motto: Cervus Lacessitus Leone
On eBay of the Grant of Arms in 1907 to Evan Davies Jones is offered for sale (vendor Lee Burgess – diggerlee). In 1917 Evan Jones was created the 1st Baronet of Pentower. The title became extinct on the death of his son in 1952. His eldest and youngest sons were both killed in the First World War.
Arms: Argent a lion rampant Sable collared and chained over the back Or on a chief arched of the second two mullets of the first.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours upon a rock proper between two mullets Argent a lion as in the Arms.
Motto: Ehed a’i edyn ei hun.
The Arms of Sir Evan Jones as displayed in the 1929 edition of Armorial Families.
Update: As at 29th October 2016 this Grant is still on sale for £1,750.00.
l to r: USS Thach, an RAF Officer, Plowman
In 1993* my father was granted the Arms: “Argent three Anchors Sable each entwined by a Serpent Gules on a Chief enarched nebuly Azure three Martlets rising Or“.
The “chief enarched nebuly” represented the curvature of the earth as seen when flying above the clouds during his career with the Royal Air Force and then with British European Airways/British Airways.
However, it would appear that this was not the first time that an enarched chief had been used in British Arms associated with an aviator. The January 1985 edition of the Middlesex Heraldry Society’s journal, The Seaxe, notes that an exhibition to celebrate the College of Arms’ Quincentenary displayed the Arms of an, as yet, unidentified Royal Air Force officer of “Argent a chief enearched nebuly Azure“.
In international heraldry, it may well have been first used around 1981 by the US Navy for the USS Thach. The ship was named after the outstanding Navy aviator, John Thach. The blazon for the ship’s Arms was: “Azure two chevronels couched fretted Argent interlaced with an anchor palewise Or, on a chief enarched nebuly of the last a trident head issuant from chief points to base Gules“. The rational for the design is given as;
“The enarched nebuly chief refers to the sky and naval aviation; the three tines of the red trident representing “Fighting Three” and Admiral Thach’s aggressive leadership of that squadron for which he was highly decorated. The interlaced chevronels and anchor emphasize the importance of naval air to the fleet and symbolize the “Thach Weave”, a fighter tactic developed by and named for Admiral John Smith Thach.”
*My father’s grant may well have set a record for the slowest to be granted, but that is another story.
The sale on eBay of the Letters Patent dated 21st July 1899 signed by the Lord Lyon, James Balfour Paul, granting Arms to Alexander Lawson of Annfield & Burnturk is due to close later today. (Vendor: rain_daisy_rain). The Grant extends not only to the Descendants of Alexander but those of his grandfather, John Lawson of Falkland.
Arms : Parted per saltire Or and Vert a saltire Gules on a chief of the second a garb between two cross crosslets fitchy of the first.
Crest: A garb Or banded Gules.
Motto: Te Splendente
The Arms were also listed in the 1929 edition of Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families;
The undifferenced Arms were re-matriculated on the 15th August 1955 by Major Alexander David Duncan Lawson of Blinkbonny (Vol 40 page 81). Major Lawson would appear to be the nephew of Alexander Lawson;
1. John Lawson married Catherine Adamson
1.1. Alexander Lawson of Annfield & Burnturk b.1813 married Janet Gray Duncan (d.1888)
1.1.1. Alexander LAWSON of Annfield & Burnturk b.1862 m.1899 Edith Isabel Dale
1.1.2. Margaret b.1864
1.1.3. Cathrine b.1866
1.1.4. William Lawson b.1867 m. Margaret Gladys Carstairs
18.104.22.168. Major Alexander David Duncan LAWSON of Blinkbonny b.1904
1.1.5. John Lawson b.1868 d.1944 m. Gertrude Ellis
1.1.6 Janet G b.1870
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.
Arms: Ermine on a fesse Sable three mullets Argent (for Lister)
Crest: A stag’s head proper
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)
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.
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