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21 January 2014

Arthur William Kay-Menzies – Grant of Arms 1929

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:10
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The 1928 Grant of Arms to Arthur William Kay-Menzies has recently sold on eBay for £164, vendor swan1011.

Menzies Grant2


Arthur William Kay-Menzies, born 1874 died 1944.

Interestingly, the blazon appears to be missing the field for the 2nd & 3rd quarters:


Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Gules two swords in saltire points upward proper pommels and hilts Or on a chief invected Argent three roses of the field barbed and seeded proper (for Menzies) 2nd & 3rd [Argent] Within two bendlets engrailed an annulet between two crescents Sable (for Kay).
Crest: In front of a Saracen’s head affronte and erased wreathed about the temples with laurel proper two spears saltirewise also proper surmounted by a rose as in the Arms (for Menzies) Within the horns of a crescent Azure a goldfinch between two branches of laurel proper (for Kay).
Motto: Vil God I Zal

The Arms are also listed in the 1929 edition of Armorial Families:

Menzies AR

19 January 2014

Robin Anthony Blantyre Gowlland – Grant of Arms 1987

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:35
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The rather impressive 1987 Grant of Arms to Robin Anthony Blantyre Gowlland has just been sold on  eBay for £296 by vendor charlesa1867.

gowland grant

Robin Anthony Blantyre Gowlland, born 1932.

Arms: Gules a fess chequy Argent and Azure between in chief two crozier heads and in base an anchor Gold.

Crest: A dove Argent holding in the beak a sprig of olive Vert supporting with the dexter claw a cross moline Gules.
Motto: Sola Juvat Virtus  (Virtue Alone Avails).
Badge: Across moline Gules environed by a corde of rope ensigned by an ancient crown Gold.

Unusually for a sale of a Grant of Arms, I believe the Grantee is still living.

18 January 2014

Henry Pelham Burn – Grant of Arms 1906

The 1906 Grant of Arms from the Lyon Court to Major Henry Pelham Burn is on sale at eBay with a “Buy it Now” price of £1,500.

Burn Grant

The Grant is listed in the Lyon Register as 19/9, 25th October 1906.

Arms: Or a chevron between two spur revels in chief and a hunting horn in base Sable garnished Argent.

Crest: A dexter hand proper holding a hunting horn as in the Arms.

Motto: Ever Ready

Major Burn also has an entry in the 1929 edition of Armorial Families:

Burn-ARFrom the excellent set of photographs supplied by the vendor, diggerlee, it seems that Major Burn had the Grant made to an ancestor – I cannot make out the actual relationship.  Also included within the sale is a bookplate of Charles Maitland Burn who bears the same Arms but with the chevron engrailed and impaled with the Arms of Russel.  They are listed in the Lyon Register as 19/10, 31st October 1906.

20 August 2013

Bookplate: Valentine Simpson of Bobbing Court, Kent

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:45
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A book-plate for Simpson at eBay caught my eye. The Arms are not one I found when putting together my Simpson armorial.


I had a go at working out the blazons in order to identify the non-Simpson quarters. A search through Papworth for Arms with pomegranates was fruitless. I then looked in Franks’ Catalogue of Book plates and there was an entry for Valentine Simpson of Bobbing court, Kent. His Arms were impaling those of his wife who was also his first cousin. They were married in 1778.

Unfortunately, even with the quarters named I have, so far, been unable to find them listed in any of my usual heraldic publications.  However, the Simpsons did donate some church plate which is recorded by the Kent Archaeological Society’s Archaeologia cantiana (Volume v. 17) and gives details of the Arms.


1st & 4th Per bend sinister indented ermines and Sable a lion rampant counterchanged on a canton Gules a covered cup Argent.(Simpson)

2nd Argent a chevron Gules between three cock pheasants’ heads couped Azure (Pettit)

3rd Argent on a fesse dancetty Gules between three torteaux a fleur-de-lis Or. (Pilcher)


1st & 4th Azure a chevron ermine between in chief two pomegranates stalked and leaved and in base a Catherine wheel Or. (Hopper)

2nd Argent a chevron Gules between three cock pheasants’ heads couped Azure (Pettit)

3rd Argent on a fesse dancetty Gules between three torteaux a fleur-de-lis Or. (Pilcher)

  Crest: An ounce’s head pean erased Gules collared gemellee Sable.

  Motto: NunQuam Obliviscar (I will never forget ).

4 May 2013

The Arms and Side Arms of Sir George Francis Hampson Bt

I was sent a link to a German hunting forum that was seeking to find out how old was a Webley pistol.  Amongst the images were the following impaled Arms:


The German forum had identified the sinister Arms as those of Lt Col Alexander Kennedy Clark Kennedy CB (from my Kennedy Armorial).  Being a bit pushed for time I added a post & link at the Heraldry Society of Scotland’s forum.  In about 30 minutes flat the dexter Arms were identified by Arthur Radburn as those of Hampson.

A bit more delving revealed that Sir George Francis Hampson, 10th Baronet, married Minnie Frances Clark-Kennedy in 1893.

Dexter: Argent three hemp-brakes Sable (Hampson)

Sinister:  Argent A chevron Gules. between three cross crosslets fitchee Sable in the middle chief a fleur de lys Azure on a chief ermine the representation of a French eagle and flag with the inscription ‘L’empereur Napoleon au 105me Regiment d’infanteric de ligne’ thereon, and a sword disposed saltire-ways, and over the same the word ‘Waterloo.’  (Kennedy)


11 February 2013

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral; the Arms of Pope Benedict XVI

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:24
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On Saturday whilst visiting my elder son, my wife and I popped into Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  On display there are the Arms of Pope Benedict XVI.  (I had not banked on HH the Pope becoming so newsworthy.)  Regrettably, I was only armed with my camera phone and as such my picture is not as good as I would wish.

Arms of Benedict XVI

The blazon:

Gules chape ployé Or with the scallop shell Or the dexter chape with a moor’s head Proper crowned and collared Gules the sinister chape a bear trippant Proper carrying a pack Gules belted Sable.

27 January 2013

Harry Holmes-Tarn – Grant of Arms 1901

The Scottish Grant of Arms to Harry Holmes-Tarn were recently on sale on eBay.  The Grant is dated 9th September 1901 and signed by Sir James Balfour Paul.

Grant of Arms 1901

Grant of Arms 1901

Arms: Parted per saltire Or and Gules two terns naiant in tarns or lochs undy proper one in chief and one in base.
Mantling: Gules and Or.
Crest:  On a wreath of his liveries on a garb fessewise a raven all proper.
Motto:  “Viret in asternum.” (It Flourishes Forever)


The Arms of Harry Holmes-Tarn were also included within Arthur Charles Fox-Davies 1929 edition of Armorial Families.

1929 Edition Armorial Families

1929 Edition Armorial Families

  1. Harry Holmes-Tarn (b.1871 d.1932) m.1895 Nora Adelgunde Martini (b.1873 d.1972)
    1. Donald Cunninghame Holmes-Tarn (b.1896 d.1905)
    2. Brigadier Kenneth Archibald Holmes-Tarn, late Royal Artillery (b.1898 d.1971) m1. Dorothy Mary Green (b.1893 d.1958) m2.1960 Elizabeth Grace Hankey (b.1914 d.1976)
    3. Captain Alastair Roderick Holmes-Tarn (b.1911 d.1967) m.1948 Nancy Emlyn Gore.

    Neither surviving son seems to have had any issue to continue the use of the Arms.

Photographs of the Grant courtesy of  the vendor, Mr Ashton C Cameron Stuart.

4 August 2012

New Addition: Gush Armorial

I have just added an Armorial for Gush in respect of:

William Frederick GUSH of 53 Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park.

Sable a fasces erect proper between two owls Argent a chief ermine.


a ) Grantees of Arm: 1882 Vol. LXI fol. 284

b) Blazon: BGA

Family details (not necessarily complete);

1 William Frederick Gush b: Abt. 1840 in Fulham, Middlesex, England, d: 16 Jun 1883 in Middlesex, England

… + Eliza Ann Jackson b: Abt. 1842 in Ealing, Middlesex, England, m: 1864, d: Bef. 1875

……2 William H Gush b: Abt. 1867 in St Pancras, Middlesex, England

……2 Frank Gush b: 1869 in Marylebone, Middlesex, England

……   + Annie Gardner Hawkins b: Abt. 1866

………3 Frank Gush b: 1902 in London, England

………3 Marjorie Gwendoline Gush b: 1911

………3 Ethel May Gush b: 1909 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

……2 George Elgood Gush b: 1870 in Marylebone, Middlesex, England, d: 11 Oct 1941 in Hampshire, England

……   + Alice Mary Gaselee b: Abt. 1869 in Dulwich, Surrey, England, m: 1893 in Kingston, Surrey

………3 Charles Robert Gush b: 06 Feb 1895 in Norwood, Surrey, England, d: Dec 1973 in Surrey South Western, Surrey, England

………3 Dorothy A Gush b: Abt. 1899 in Malden, Surrey, England

………3 Alick William Gush b: 26 Jan 1897 in Malden, Surrey, England, d: Mar 1972 in Cuckfield, Sussex, England

……2 Rosalie L Gush b: Abt. 1866 in St Pancras, Middlesex, England

……2 Ethel Marcia Gush b: 1871 in St Pancras, London, United Kingdom, d: 28 Jan 1907 in Hampshire, England

……   + George Charles Howard b: Abt. 1860 in St Martins, London, England, m: 1900 in London

………3 George Howard b: Abt. 1900 in Earls Court, London, England

……2 Edward Basil Gush b: Abt. 1873 in St Pancras, d: Jan 1899 in Surrey, United Kingdom

… + Eliza Seal Bookham b: Abt. 1838 in West Malling, Kent, England, d: 04 Sep 1918 in Middlesex, England

……2 Geoffrey Bertram Gush b: Abt. 1880 in Paddington, London, England, d: 23 Sep 1948 in Chichester, Sussex, England

……   + Leoni

………3 Marjorie Emily May Gush b: Abt. 1905 in Wembley, Middlesex, England

………3 Geoffrey Bryan Gush b: 02 Apr 1903 in Brighton, Sussex, England, d: Jul 1986 in Winchester, Hampshire, England

………   + Elinor A Birch b: 24 Jun 1906

…………4 Vilma Gush

………3 Trevor Syndercombe Gush b: Abt. 1908 in Wembley, Middlesex, England, d: Dec 1921 in Hampstead, London, England

………3 Raymond Richard Gush b: 23 Nov 1909 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England, d: May 1988 in Penrith, Cumberland, England

………   + Valentine M Walker

…………4 George R P Gush b: 1935 in Hove, Sussex, England

…………4 Geoffrey T V Gush b: 1937 in Uckfield, Sussex, England

…………   + Marianna Jackson

……………5 Rebecca C Gush b: 1963 in Tonbridge

……………5 James Gush b: 1965 in Tonbridge, Kent

……2 Ciciley Victoria Gush b: Abt. 1878 in Old Malden, Surrey, England, d: 04 Jul 1954 in Buckinghamshire, England

…… + Alexander Hill Goodwin b: Abt. 1865 in Scotland, Ayr, Scotland, m: 29 Jun 1903 in St Peter’s, Belsize Park; The Times, Wednesday, 01 Jul 1903

………3 Cicely Margaret Goodwin b: 1910 in London, United Kingdom

……… + James Ronald Davies m: 03 Sep 1938 in St Peter’s Church, Hampstead; The Times, Wednesday, 07 Sep 1938

………3 Jessie Agnes Goodwin b: 13 Feb 1906 in London, United Kingdom, d: 19 Jul 1984 in Slough, Berkshire, England

………   + George Samuel Pick
………3 Eric Alexander Hill Goodwin b: 04 Apr 1904 in London, United Kingdom, d: 1972 in Hendon, Greater London, England

25 May 2012

New Armorial: Wogdon Armorial

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:13
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I have now added a single entry Armorial for Wogdon to my site.

The entry came about from various genealogical correspondence I had recently by email.  The blazon is from the efforts of The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) in Layston Church.  NADFAS blazoned the impaled Arms of Robert Wogdon (b.1734 d.1813), a gunsmith of some fame, and his wife Jane as follows:

Per chevron Or and Gules a chevron invected per chevron of the second and of the first between, in chief two unicorns of the second and in base two spears saltirewise Proper above a lion rampant of the first [WOGDON] impaling Barry of six Azure and Or [MERTON]

It seems that the shield has become separated from the monument and it has become so badly defaced that, in the one image I have seen, the chevron is the only visible component of Wogdon.  I have, therefore, taken NADFAS’ word for it at this time.

Looking at some entries at ancestry.co.uk reveal that Jane Wogdon was originally a Holmes.  The “stem” design for the Arms for Holmes is Barry of six Or and Azure rather than the Barry of six Azure and Or as actually displayed on the monument.  This explains NADFAS’ identification as Merton.

16 March 2012

New addition: Brownlee Armorial

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 10:40
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The latest addition to my online Armorial is for Brownlee


So far it just has the two Arms as recorded in Scotland in 1969 for two Australian viz: Gyronny of twelve Gules and Or in the centre a cinquefoil ermine a bordure Or for difference & Gyronny of twelve Gules and Or in the centre a cinquefoil ermine a bordure engrailed Or for difference.  The two grantees were brothers and the sons of a second son.  Therefore, the stem Arms for that family are most probably Gyronny of twelve Gules and Or in the centre a cinquefoil ermine


The Arms seem to be based upon those of Brounlee (Gyronny of twelve Gules and Or in the centre a cinquefoil Sable) in Burke’s General Armory (BGA).  The BGA entry gives no biographical or geographical details, as such is of limited use and, of course, no authority.  Unfortunately, there are various family history website that still cite BGA as an “official” record.

24 February 2012

Bookplate: Theodore Radford Forrester Thomson (1897-1981)

The bookplate of Theodore Radford Forrester Thomson (Thomson Armorial) is on sale at eBay.


Potent Argent and Azure on a bend Sable a mullet between two stags’ heads cabossed Or


A gauntleted hand erect in pale holding a flaming torch in bend proper


Above the Crest: Acquanimitas (With Even Mind)

Below the Shield: Veritas Praevalebit (Truth Will Prevail)

He was the youngest son of Rev. Prof. John Radford Thomson.  His Arms were matriculated in the Lyon Register in 1923. His bother, Rev. Canon Clement Reynolds Thomas, matriculated Arms in 1924 (Potent Argent and Azure on a bend Sable two stags’ heads cabossed Or) and his cousin, Charles Sheldon Thomson, also matriculated Arms in 1923 (Potent Argent and Azure on a bend engrailed Sable two stags’ heads cabossed Or).  These are also noted in Arthur C Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families (1929 Edition).

More family details can be viewed online at Thomson & Forrester of Corstorphine Pedigree.

17 February 2012

Bookplate: Maj-Gen Sir Edward Wolstenholme Ward

Another bookplate on sale at eBaythat of Maj.-Gen. Sir Edward Wolstenholme Ward.


Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a cross patonce Or (for Ward) 2nd & 3rd Gules three cinquefoils ermine on a chief Or a human heart of the first (for Hamilton of Bangor)


A Saracen’s head affrontee couped below the shoulders proper wreathed around the temples Or and Azure and adorned with three ostrich feathers.


Sub Cruce Salus (Salvation comes from the cross)

Sir Edward was the great-grandson of the 1st Viscount Bangor and nephew to the 3rd.  The Hamilton quarter was from Anne Catharine Hamilton, mother of the 1st Viscount and daughter and co-heiress of James Hamilton of Bangor, co. Down.


15 February 2012

Bookplate – Henry Theophilus Clements of Ashfield Lodge, co.Cavan (1820-1904)

Another bookplate on sale on eBay is that of Lt Col Henry Theophilus Clements DL JP. However, the sale site has incorrectly identified the bookplate as belonging to Henry’s grandfather, Lt Col Henry Theophilus Clements (1734-1795).

Argent two bends wavy Sable on a chief Gules three bezants
Azure on a chief Or a demi lion rampant issuant Gules (for Markham)
A hawk proper
Patriis Virtutibus (By Hereditary Virtues)

In 1868 Henry married Gertrude Caroline Lucy Markham, daughter of Reverend David Frederick Markham. They had six children, 4 sons and two daughters

9 February 2012

Bookplate: Edward Akroyd MP JP DL of Bankfield

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 11:45
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A bookplate linked to one of my Armorials has caught my eye over at eBay, that of Edward Akroyd MP JP DL of Bankfield.

Edward Akroyd married Elizabeth, daughter of John Fearby of Poppleton Lodge, in 1838. Elizabeth died in 1884 and Edward died in 1887. They had no children.

Azure a chevron and in base a stag’s head erased Argent on a chief of the last two stags’ heads erased of the field.
Argent a chevron engrailed between three lions’ heads erased Sable (Fearby of Poppleton*)
In front of a stag’s head proper three spear heads Sable encircled by a wreath of oak
In Veritate Victoria (Victory in Truth)

My Akroyd armorial can be viewed at www.heraldry-online.org.uk/akroyd.html

* The Arms used by Fearby are listed as Fereby in Burke’s General Armory.

25 October 2011

Recorded Arms for Campbell

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 19:49
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My colleague at the Heraldry Society of Scotland, Paul Campbell, has compiled and emblazoned an Armorial of the Arms for Campbell.  I am delighted to be able to display it at my main site.  It can be viewed at:

Recorded Arms for Campbell


21 October 2011

Bookplate of the 7th Baron Farnham (Maxwell)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 07:21
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The bookplate of the 7th Lord Farnham is currently on sale at eBay by prexiepost.

Henry Maxwell, 7th Baron Farnham married Anna Stapleton, daughter of Thomas Stapleton, 16th Baron le Despencer, on 3 December 1828. The couple had no children. Both Farnham and his wife were killed in the Abergele train disaster of 1868.


Argent a saltire Sable a chief paly of six of the first and second (for Maxwell of Calderwood)


Quarterly 1st Argent a lion rampant Sable (for Stapleton) 2nd Azure three dexter hand gauntlets with their backs forward Or (for Fane) 3rd Gules on a Saltire Argent a rose of the filed barbed and seeded proper (for Neville) 4th Quarterly Argent and Gules in the 2nd and 3rd quarters a fret Or over all a bend Sable (for Spencer)

Crest: A buck’s head erased proper [The bookplate displays the coronet of a Baron]

Motto: Je Suis Pret

Supporters: Two bucks proper


My Maxwell armorial can be viewed at www.heraldry-online.org.uk/maxwell.html.

8 September 2011

Actress Emilia Fox’s Arms

As a keen student of genealogy I have been watching the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Last night it was the turn of the actress Emilia Fox.  The latter part of the programme covered her great great grandfather Samson Fox.  He was the guiding force behind Harrogate’s Royal Hall.  The show briefly displayed a view of his Arms in the ceiling of the Hall:

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families gives the blazon as:

Arms: Argent a representation of a corrugated boiler-flue fesseways proper between two foxes courant Gules each holding in their mouth a trefoil slipped  Vert.
Crest: A representation of a corrugated boiler-flue as in the Arms and thereupon a fox Gules resting the dexter pay upon a trefoil slipped Vert.
Motto: Forti Nihil Difficile. (To the brave, nothing is difficult.)

The Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms has the following:

6 August 2011

Bookplate of Sixth Duke of Portland (Bentinck)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 09:15
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Today a bookplate of the 6th Duke of Portland was sold on eBay by lesIndavid.

The Arms are listed in my Bentinck armorial.

Arms: 1st & 4th Azure a cross moline Argent (for Bentinck) 2nd & 3rd Sable three stags’ heads cabossed Argent attired Or (for Cavendish).

Crests:  1st Out of a ducal coronet gold two arms counter embowed vested Gules on the hands gloves Or each holding an ostrich feather Argent (for Bentinck) 2nd A snake nowed proper (for Cavendish)

Supporters: Two lions double queued the dexter Or the sinister Sable.

Motto: Craignez Honte (Dread shame)

30 July 2011

Vessey – A Hatchment

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:41
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James Dempster, over at the HSS, spotted this hatchment on sale at ebay by timw3007.

The Arms seem to be those of Vessey:

Arms: Ermine on a cross Sable five martlets Or

Crest: An arm embowed and couped at the shoulder erect from the elbow habited Gules cuffed ermine holding in the hand proper four leaves Vert.

The hatchment was made by Winsor & Newton of London and is just 14 inches by 14 inches which is somewhat smaller that the usual.  I could not find it listed in the Hatchments of Britain.  These last two factors might indicate it was a “sample”.

27 July 2011

Russell Grant a Grantee

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 17:17
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It appears that the TV astrologer, Russell Grant, is a Grantee of Arms from the College of Arms, London.   Russell has his own web page on the topic here.

I plan to add his Arms to my Grant Armorial in due course.  From his website I have had a go at emblazoning his Arms as below:

Arms of Russell Grant - 1st attempt

To be absolutely sure I will need to have the actual blazon from the Letters Patent.  I’ve dropped Russell’s “team” a line and await a reply. Failing that, I will have to try other avenues.


My initial stab at the blazon is:

Azure two seaxes in saltire pommelled and hilted Or between four estoiles two in fess of the last and two in pale Argent.

I am sure some of my fellow heraldry enthusiasts can correct me.

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