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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

 

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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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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

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.

 

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.

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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

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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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31 March 2018

Irish Grant of Arms: William John McNeight of Palmerston Park 1887

eBay vendor diggerlee  offers for sale at £1,850 the 1887 Grant of Arms to William John McNeight of Palmerston Park , Dublin.

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Arms: Per fess Argent and Or a fess invected Azure between in chief two lions’ heads erased of the last langued Gules and in base a unicorn’s head couped of the third armed and crined of the fourth.
Crest: Out of the battlements of a tower Sable masoned Argent a dexter arm embowed in armour the hand holding a spear in bend transfixing a lion’s head erased all proper.
Motto: Omnia Deo Committo
Dated: 3rd November 1887

Ulster King of Arms: Sir John Bernard Burke

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Armorial Families 1928

 

It seems that this Grant of Arms was sold at auction in May 2017 for £180.00 by Tennants.

25 March 2018

Matriculation: Horatius Bonar 1910

Vendor ephemeracity1 is offering for sale on eBay the 1910 Matriculation of Arms of  Horatius Bonar, Writer to His Majety’s Signet.

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Arms: Argent a saltire Azure on a chief indented Sable three escallops Or.
Crest: A sword erect in pale roper hilted and pommelled Or.
Motto: Denique Coelum (Heaven at Last)
Dated: 14th June 1910

Lord Lyon King of Arms: Francis J Grant

Irish Grant of Arms: Alfred Thomas Neale Evans 1940

eBay vendor alacol_30 has recently completed the bidding for the Grant of Arms to Captain Alfred Thomas Neale Evans (1893-1961), Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire (1935-1958). He was the son of John Evans and Sarah Jane Sharpe, descended from a family formerly resident in Leinster.  The final price is listed as £60.

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Arms: Quarterly 1st Azure three goats rampant proper on a chief Azure three trefoils slipped Gules 2nd & 3rd Argent three eagles displayed Sable on a chief Azure three chessrooks Or 4th Or a dragon rampant Gules holding a staff Sable.

Crest: A demi dragon rampant Gules as in the Arms.

Dated:  28th May 1940 – Volume 0 folio 177

Deputy Ulster King of Arms: Thomas Ulick Sadleir

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“In Witness whereof I subscribe these Present with my Name and Title and affix hereunto the Seal of my Office this Twenty-eighth day of May in the Fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Sixth of Great Britain, Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith and so forth, and in the year of Our Lord One Thousand nine hundred and forty.”

Sadleir was appointed Deputy Ulster King of Arms in 1921.  With the death of Neville Rodwell Wilkinson, Ulster King of Arms, in December 1940, Sadleir performed most of the duties until 1943 when the Republic of Ireland establish the Genealogical Office.

4 February 2018

Grant of Arms: Sir Joseph Herbert Marshall 1907

Filed under: Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:44
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eBay vendor makov25 is offering sale the Grant of Arms to Sir Joseph Herbert Marshall (1851-1918), concert impresario and Mayor of Leicester.  The Grant is listed at US$1,200 (approx GB£ 850).

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Arms: Azure two winged morions in chief Or and in base a horse’s head coupled bridled and reigned proper the skull and neck in armour all proper.
Crest: In front of a cross bow erect proper a winged marion as in the Arms.
Motto: Sine Metus (Without Fear)
Date: 6th March 1907

Garter: Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty
Clarenceux: George Cokayne

 

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Armorial Families 1929

 

2 December 2017

Exemplification of Arms: William Bailey Partridge 1903

US based eBay vendor, sarasotabuy is offering for sale the 1903 Exemplification of Arms for William Bailey Partridge (1840-1909) of Bacton, co Herefordshire.  It is signed by Charles H Athill, Richmond Herald.

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Arms: Chequy Argent and Sable a horse’s head erased between two escallops in bend within four bendlets engrailed Gules.
Crest: Upon three escallops Gules a horse’s head erased Sable.
Motto: Honor Virtutis Praemium

 

 

 

29 July 2017

Framed Arms: Sotheron-Estcourt, First Baron Estcourt

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:42
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eBay vendor diggerlee is offering for sale a splendid framed rendition of the Arms of George Sotheron-Estcourt, the first Baron Estcourt impaled with those of his wife, Monica Stapylton.

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Arms: Quarterly 1st and 4th Ermine on a chief indented Gules three mullets of six points Or a bordure of the last charged with eight cinquefoils Sable (for Estcourt) 2nd & 3rd Gules on a bend indented between six cross crosslets Argent three eagles displayed Sable a canton ermine for distinction (for Sotheron).

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Argent a lion rampant a crescent for difference Sable (for Stapylton)

Crests: 1st Issuant from a mural crown per pale Azure and Gules a demi-eagle with wings displayed Or on each wing a mullet of six points also Azure (for Estcourt). 2nd An eagle with two heads displayed per pale Argent and Gules the wings semy of cross crosslets counterchanged murally crowned, beaked and membered Or charged on the breast with a cinquefoil gold for distinction.

Supporters: On either side an eagle reguardant wings expanded and inverted Or gorged with a chain og the last pendant therefrom an escutcheon Or the dexter charged with the Arms of Estcourt the sinister with those of Sotheron.

Motto: Deo Gratias

 

 

 

Livery Button: Burdett of Burthwaite

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 19:48
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eBay vendor dellyboot61 is offering for sale a livery button with a martlet on top of a tower.

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A trawl through Fairbairn’s Book of Crests finds Plate 156.9 and a list of possible armigers;

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Upon reflection, given the wealth & status associated with it, I think that the Burdett’s of Burthwaite are the most likely candidates for this livery button.

24 July 2017

Royal Licence: James Trimmer to Shotter 1875

Vendor ephemeracity1 is offering for sale on eBay the 1795 Royal Licence for James Trimmer of Farnham, Surrey to take the Name and Arms of Shotter.

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Arms: Azure on a chevron Or another chevron Gules charged with three bezant in chief two sheaves each of six arrows interlaced saltierwise Gold flighted and pheon’d Argent in base a bow stringed fesswise of the last.
Crest: A demi lion rampant erminois charged on the shoulder with two arrows saltierwise Gules flighted proper in the paws a slip of oak leaves and acorns also proper.
Dated: 23 December 1795

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James Trimmer was the nephew of the wife of William Shotter of Farnham who left a “Name & Arms” clause in his will.

17 March 2017

Grant of Arms: David Heath Thornely 2008

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:14
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e-Bay vendor joshlou333 is offering for sale the 2008 Grant of Arms to David Heath Thornely (b.1938 d.2017) of Dunnerdale, Cumbria.  The Grant was included in the College of Arms Newsletter of December 2008.

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Arms: Gules between two bars gemel wavy Argent three cotton bolls Argent husked and slipped Or a canton Ermine.
Crest: A wolf’s head erased gorged with a collar Gules charged with six anchors Or three manifest holding in the mouth a cotton boll Argent husked and slipped Or.
Motto: Dum Spiro Spero

12 March 2017

Royal Licence: Lewis Owen Williams-Owen 1925

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:26
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Vendor brooklandcollectables is offering for sale on eBay the Royal Licence to Lewis Owen Williams to take the surname of Owen in addition to and after that of Williams dated 9th December 1925.

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Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent a pile Sable between two lions rampant Gules a bordure engrailed also Sable (for Owen) 2nd & 3rd Argent two chevronels between in chief as many cocks Gules and in pase two serpents entwined Vert(for Williams)
Crest: On a wreath of the colours a lion couchant holding between the fore paws a greyhound’s head erased Or (for Owen)
On a wreath of the colours upon a chevron a cock Gules (for Williams)

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)

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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“.

10 December 2016

Grant of Arms & Badge: Kenneth Powell Leach D.F.M. 1953

On sale at eBay until 5th January 2017 is the 1953 Grant of Arms and Badge to Kenneth Powell Leach (b.1920 d.1980) [vendor makov25].  Sergeant, later Flight Lieutenant, Kenneth Leach was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in 1943 whilst with 235 Squadron RAF.

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Arms: Ermine a Star of sixteen points Or on a chief  dancettée Gules three Ancient Crowns of the second.

Crest: In front of two Wings conjoined in base Argent a Leech erect proper.

Motto: Spes Non Fracta

Badge: Out of an Ancient Crown Or a Wyvern’s head Sable.

 

The Salesroom website has details of Leach’s DFM which was sold with the medals of his pilot, Sergeant D.W. Chapman – link.

 

5 November 2016

Re-Grant of Arms: Rev John Burleigh James 1890

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 10:53
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On sale at eBay until 27th November is the 1890 Grant of Arms to the Rev’d John Burleigh James of Vanbrugh Fields, Blackheath (vendor makov25).  The Rev’d James was originally granted Arms on 10th July 1882, Burke’s General Armory gives the blazon as;

Arms: Per pale Gules and Or on a fess indented between three unicorns’ heads erased as many escallops all counterchanged.

Crest: An unicorn’s head Or encircled by a chaplet of roses proper.

The 1890 Letters Patent “requested the favour of His Grace’s Warrant for our making and granting such alterations accordingly to be borne and used by him and his descendants and by the other descendants of his father..“.

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Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms

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Arms: Gules on a fess nebuly between three unicorns’ heads erased Argent as many escallops proper in the centre chief point a Passion cross of the second.
Crest: A unicorn’s head erased Argent charged on the neck with an escallop Gules and supporting in the mouth a Passion cross also Gules.
Motto: Memor

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1929 Edition, Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families

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