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7 June 2016

Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton

Whilst doing a purge of various photographs on my phone I came across the one below I took in March 2013.

Herbert-Wilton

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.

 

Any suggestions?

 

 

 

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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.

Grant of Arms: William Philip Park 1875

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.

Park-William Phillip LPa

Park-WP Arms2

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)

 

Park GoA

Park AF

 

Grant of Arms: Thomas Dixon 1882

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.

Dixon LP

Dixon Arms2

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)

Entry in the "Grantees of Arms"

Dixon AF

21 February 2016

Irish Confirmation of Arms: John Lothrop Motley Sheridan 1940

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.

Letter Patent

Sheridan Arms a

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

13 February 2016

Grant of Arms: Evan Davies Jones – 1907

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.

Jones Bt - Arms2

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.

Jones Bt - AF

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.

1 January 2016

Arms for Aviators: Chief Enarched Nebuly

Chief Enarched Nebuly

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.

29 April 2015

Grant of Arms: Alexander Lawson of Annfield & Burnturk – 1899

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.

Lawson Alexander LP Arms2

 

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;

Lawson Alexander AF2

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
1.1.4.1. 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

 

 

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.

Lister Rev Anthony2

Arms: Ermine on a fesse Sable three mullets Argent (for Lister)
Crest: A stag’s head proper
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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.

 

Mitford William Bookplate2

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: 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.

Gilbert-Gazette

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

Gilbert-Davies Bookplate2

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.

 

 

31 December 2014

Grant of Arms: Thomas McKenny Hughes and George Ravensworth Hughes

There have been three Grants of Arms sold on eBay by vendor thebizaar that relate to one family.  The first of 1808, Sir Thomas McKenny Bt, I have already recorded.

Kenney-Thomas2

The second Grant of Arms (8th August 1905) was to Thomas KcKenny Hughes, grandson of Sir Thomas McKenny, and was sold for £102.

McKenney ThomasHughes Arms

Arms: Argent a lion rampant Gules on a chief enarched of the last two crosses couped of the field
Crest: A demi lion rampant Gules between two crosses couped Argent.
Motto: Fide Et Virtute Valeas

The third Grant of Arms (20th June 1955) was to George Ravensworth Hughes and sold for £112.  George was Thomas KcKenny Hughes’ second but eldest surviving son.  His brother was killed in World War One.

Hughes-Arms2

Arms: Sable a covered cup Or encircled by a chaplet of Honeysuckle flowered proper.
Crest: Issuant from a coronet composed of four sprigs of Honeysuckle the stalks cojoined and embellishing the rim Or a cubit arm vested Gules the hand gauntleted proper and grasping a roll of parchment bend sinisterwise Argent.
Motto: Vincit Veritas

In October 1995 George Ravensworth Hughes recorded a Declaration at the College of Arms that he would thereafter bear his Arms quartered with those of his late father.  He also declared that he would only use the Crest granted to him.

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Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Sable a covered cup Or encircled by a chaplet of Honeysuckle flowered proper 2nd and 3rd Argent a lion rampant Gules on a chief enarched of the last two crosses couped of the field.
Crest: Issuant from a coronet composed of four sprigs of Honeysuckle the stalks cojoined and embellishing the rim Or a cubit arm vested Gules the hand gauntleted proper and grasping a roll of parchment bend sinisterwise Argent.
Motto: Vincit Veritas

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

30 November 2014

Bookplate: Shanly

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 12:19
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A bookplate for the name Shanly is on sale at eBay by the vendor klunder1928.  The Arms are an interesting mix of per chevron and per pale;

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Burke’s General Armory gives the following blazon;

Shanly (Fearnaght, co. Leitrim).
Arms: Per chevron Vert and per pale Or and Ermine a chevron ermines in chief three estoiles of the second and in the dexter base a lion rampant Gules.

Crest: An arm in armour embowed proper the hand also proper grasping a broken sword Argent hilt and pommel Or therefrom five drops of blood.

Motto: Pro patria et religione.

The name Shanly is not included in the three volumes that record Sir Augustus Wollaston Frank’s bequest of British & American bookplates to the British Museum.

 

29 November 2014

Jeremiah Devlin -Grant of Arms 1873

There is a rather splendid Grant of Arms to Jeremiah Devlin of New York and to other descendants of his father on sale at eBay, vendor steampunkannie.  The Grant is signed by Sir John Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms.  The sale ends 29th December 2014 and the price is set to US$1,198.

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Jeremiah Devlin of New York

Arms:  Azure an Irish cross Or between three mullets Argent.

Crest:  A griffin passant Gules charged on the shoulder with an Irish cross as in the Arms.

Motto:  Crux Mea Stella

Update:  11th December 2014; the sale “was ended by the seller because there was an error in the listing”.  It will be interesting to see if it is re-listed.

 

27 November 2014

Thomas McKenney – Grant of Arms 1818

The Grant of Arms to Thomas Kenney by Ulster King of Arms in 1818 has been sold on eBay for £375.50, vendor thebizaar;

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Sir Thomas McKenny, 1st Bt, (born 1771 died 1849)

Arms: Or a fleur-de-lis between three crescents Azure on a chief Vert a greyhound at full speed pursuing a stag Argent attired Or.

Crest: On a wreath of the colours a cubit arm in armour proper garnished Or the gauntlet grasping a scroll Argent.

Motto: Vincit Veritas

 

Kenney-Thomas Debretts2

 

 

 

7 May 2014

Hopkinson of Wootton Court and of Edgeworth Manor, Glos

Earlier this year I was contacted by Richard Crook, of the landscape architects Portus & Whitton, to see if I could identify some heraldic stonework unearthed in land that was once part of the kitchen garden of Edgeworth Manor, Gloustershire.

Edgeworth Manor Coat of Arms1

A trawl through Burke’s General Armory looking at Arms associated with the surnames of various owners of Edgeworth Manor was not conclusive.  The closest match was for Hopkinson of Lofthouse, Yorkshire “Vert three pillows ermine“. That hinted towards Edmund Hopkinson who bought the manor in 1832 and died in 1869.

Richard then advised that Edmund’s father was George Caesar Hopkinson of Wootton Court who had served in the King’s Light Dragoons.  The Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms made mention of a Grant of Arms to a Lt Col Hopkinson of Wootton Court in 1823.  Unfortunately, I could not find any mention of the blazon in any of my reference books or on the Internet.  After numerous searches I did manage to find a rather poor quality image of Edmund Hopkinson’s bookplate. That at least was sufficient evidence to confirm the identity of the stonework.

Edmund Hopkinson Bookplate2

I am extremely grateful to Timothy Duke, Chester Herald, who kindly supplied the full blazon;

The arms are blazoned Vert a Horse’s head couped Argent bridled Sable between three Cushions Ermine tasselled Or and the crest on a wreath of the colours (ie Argent and Vert) A dexter Arm embowed habited Azure cuff Gules (being the Uniform of His Majesty’s aforesaid 15th Regiment of Dragoons) the hand grasping a Sabre the Arm entwined with a Laurel branch all proper and in an Escocheon the word EMSDORF.  Below the arms is inscribed the motto ONCE AND ALWAYS (Coll Arm ms Grants 34, 10).

Using that blazon I had a go at producing my rendition of the Arms;

Hopkinson-ColonelI had not realised that the Battle of Emsdorf, in which the 15th Light Dragoons played a major role, was the first instance of a battle honour being awarded to a British Regiment.  I am a bit puzzled by the blazon for the crest because the various pictures of the 15th have them with red sleeves and blue cuffs.

 

13 April 2014

Lord Warrington and the Warrington Hotel, Maida Vale

Recently I was asked if I could identify the Arms displayed outside The Warrington Hotel in Maida Vale.

The Warrington Hotel

Fortunately, this was quite a straight forward investigation.  The 1929 edition of Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families provided the answer, The Right Honourable Sir Thomas Rolls Warrington, the 1st Baron Warrington of Clyffe;

WarringtonThomas-AR1929

The Supplement in Burke’s General Armory and the Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms showed that, Thomas Warrington,  the father of Thomas Rolls Warrington was granted Arms in 1882.

WarringtonThomas-grant

Presumably the son petitioned for supporters when he was ennobled in 1926.  Lord Warrington died without issue and he was the only son of his father.  Thus his only sister would be the heraldic heiress to her father’s Arms.

With regard to the question “What is the connection between Lord Warrington and the Warrington Hotel?”.  I can only surmise, there is none.  Both father and son lived elsewhere in London.  I presume that when the hotel renewed the sign hanging outside they selected the most “interesting” Arms for the name Warrington.

Incidentally, last week I was researching the family tree of an old friend and Lord Warrington appeared as the husband of my friend’s 1st cousin three times removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 March 2014

Heraldic Plate: Duke of Hamilton & Brandon

Ebay has another source of heraldic goods of interest I had previously overlooked, porcelain.  A 18th century plate bearing the Arms of the Duke of Hamilton & Brandon has just been sold.

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Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th grand quarters counter quartered 1st and 4th  Gules three cinquefoils ermine (for HAMILTON) 2nd and 3rd Argent a lymphad Sable sails furled proper flagged Gules (for Earldom of Arran); 2nd and 3rd grand quarters Argent a man’s heart Gules ensigned with an imperial crown Or proper on a chief Azure three stars of the first (for  DOUGLAS).

Crests: 1 On a ducal coronet an oak tree fructed and penetrated  transversely in the main stem by a frame saw proper the frame Or (for  HAMILTON), 2 On a chapeau Gules doubled ermine a salamander in flames proper (for DOUGLAS).

Supporters: Two antelopes Argent armed, unguled, ducally gorged and chained Or.

Mottoes: Through (for HAMILTON), Jamais arrière (‘Never behind’) (for DOUGLAS).

The Arms also display an escutcheon of pretense for Spencer;

Arms: Quarterly Argent and Gules in the 2nd and 3rd quarters a fret Or on a bend Sable three escallops of the first.

 

The most likely armiger is James Hamilton, 6th Duke of Hamilton & 3rd Duke of Brandon.  In 1737 he married his third wife, Elizabeth Spencer, who was the daughter and coheir of Edward Spencer of Rendlesham, Suffolk.

 

15 March 2014

New Armorial: Beveridge

Filed under: Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:54
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I have added a new armorial for the surname Beveridge to the Heraldry-Online website. 

At the moment it consists of two English and three Scottish Arms.  I understand that the Scottish law firm Beveridge & Kellas also have Arms.  However, I have yet to get any details of the Grant or blazon.

 

 

 

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