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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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;
- 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.
- 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“.
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.
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.
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..“.
Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms
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.
1929 Edition, Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families
The 1887 Grant of Arms to Alfred Edward Kitching (b.1858 d.1938) of Ayton Firs is on sale on eBay (vendor diggerlee). Alfred was the father of the 1908 Olympic Rower Harold Edward Kitching (b.1885 d.1980), later Colonel.
The Grant of Arms in on sale for £2,950.00 and was been listed on eBay earlier this year.
Arms: Gules on a chevron embattled counter embattled Argent between three Bustards close of the last a gryphon’s head erased between two crosses patonce of the first.
Crest: Upon the battlements of a tower proper a Wyvern wings elevated Vert gorged with a collar gemel Argent resting the dexter foot a cross patonce Or between two roses Gules stalked and leaved proper.
Motto: Nunquam Non Fidelis
The 1900 Grant of Arms to George Alexander Stephen (1815-1908) in Australia is on sale on eBay (vendor stuartw6956). It is currently listed for £499.99.
Arms: Argent on a chevron invected between two crescents in chief and an escallop in base Gules a sinister hand couped at the wrist between two mullets Or.
Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable between on the dexter a decrescent and on the sinister an increscent holding in either beak an estoile all Or.
Motto: Vi et Armis (By force and by arms)
The Arms are a variation of those granted to Sir James Fitzjames Stephen Bart in 1891. Both are described in Fox -Davies’ Armorial Families as “descending from Ardendraught, Aberdeenshire”.
Arms: Argent on a chevron between two crescents in chief and a sinister hand couped at the wrist in base Gules an escallop between two mullets of the first.
Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads Sable resting the dexter claw on an increscent and the sinister on a decrescent both Or.
Motto: Sursum (Upwards)
The sale on eBay of the 1923 Grant of Arms to Richard Christopher Sennett of DeVere Gardens (Vendor: ephemeralmayfly) completed on 11th March for £102. The Arms were previously included in Barnes Auctions March 2015 auction catalogue.
Arms: Or three cygnets in pale wings elevated purpure between two swords erect Gules.
Crest: Upon a sennett Or barracuda fessways proper a cygnet wings elevated purpure.
Motto: Sine Macula
Richard Christopher Sennett was born in 1862, married Amy Georgina Hughes in 1887 and died in 1947. He was Sheriff of the City of London in 1923-24 and knighted in 1924. They had two sons:
- Richard Hughes Sennett b.1888 d.1978
- Noel Stanton Sennett b.1892 m.1919 Annie MacDonald d.1985 He had one son;
- Alan Macdonald Sennett b.1921 Killed in Action 1944 aged 23.
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.