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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.

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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

29 October 2016

Grant of Arms: Alfred Edward Kitching 1887

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.

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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

Grant of Arms: George Alexander Stephen 1900

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 12:03
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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.

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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)

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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)

10 April 2016

Grant of Arms: Richard Christopher Sennett 1923

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 17:43
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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.

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Sennett-RichardC armsArms: 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

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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:

  1. Richard Hughes Sennett b.1888 d.1978
  2. Noel Stanton Sennett b.1892 m.1919 Annie MacDonald d.1985   He had one son;
    1. Alan Macdonald Sennett  b.1921 Killed in Action 1944 aged 23.

 

 

 

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.

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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)

 

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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.

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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"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

27 December 2015

Bookplate: Francis Fulford of Fulford 1699

On sale at eBay is a bookplate of Francis Fulford of Fulford in Devon (Vendor: london3621).  Colonel Francis Fulford’s second wife was Mary Tuckfield, heiress to John Tuckfield of Little Fulford.  The marriage effectively joined the two estates for Great Fulford and Little Fulford.  However, Francis Fulford died without issue and his widow re-married but left the Little Fulford estate to a cousin.  The Great Fulford estate passed to the Colonel’s cousin, (another) Francis Fulford.

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Arms: Gules a chevron Argent (for Fulford)

on an escutcheon of pretence;

Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent three lozenges in fess conjoined Sable (for Tuckfield) 2nd Per pale Gules and Azure three close helmets Argent garnished Or (for Pyncombe) 4th Argent masonry Sable a chief indented Sable (for Reynell)
Crest: A bear’s head erased Argent muzzled Sable

 

Link to Recorded Arms for Fulford

 

14 December 2015

Royal License: Patrick Robert Gordon Canning 1849

The sale on eBay of the concluded on 30th October 2015 for £349.99 (Vendor: ephemeralmayfly) of the Letter Patent by the College of Arms dated 31st December 1849 granting Patrick Robert Gordon and his wife Maria (eldest daughter of Robert Canning late of Foxcote), by Royal License, the use of the Name of Canning after Gordon and quartering the Arms of Canning with those of Gordon.

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Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent three negroes heads couped proper wreathered about the temples of the first and Sable for distinction a cross crosslet in chief of the last (for Canning) 2nd & 3rd Azure on a chevron ermine between three boars’ heads erased Or a stag’s head erased Or (for Gordon of Milrig)

Crest: A stag’s head erased proper (for Gordon of Milrig)

Motto: Dum Vigilo Tutus & (over the crest) By Dand

The Letters Patent also state:

And the crest for Gordon (the Arms of Canning being set forth without a crest there not appearing any recorded to this branch of the family in the books of the College of Arms) as the same are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted to be born and used forever hereafter by him the said Patrick Robert Gordon Canning and (without the said distinction) by the issue of the marriage of the said Patrick Robert Gordon Canning and Maria his wife….”

However, the family seem to have used a Canning crest of “A demi-lion rampant Argent holding in the dexter pay a battleaxe proper” but retained the distinction in Burke’s Landed Gentry and the 1929 edition of Armorial Families:

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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.

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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;

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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.

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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5 January 2015

Bookplate: Richard Joseph Sulivan (1752-1806)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 21:17
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Vendor look-back-in-time has on sale at eBay the bookplate of Richard Joseph Sulivan of Thames Ditton.  The bookplate would appear to date from between 1778 when he married Mary Lodge and his receipt of a Baronetcy in 1804.

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Arms: Per fess the base per pale, in chief Or a dexter hand couped at the wrist holding a sword erect proper hilted Gules the blade entwined with a serpent proper between two lions rampant respectant of the second the dexter base Vert charged with a buck trippant Or on the sinister base per pale Argent and Sable a boar passant counter-changed.

Impaling: Gules a lion rampant Argent crusily of the field within a bordure flory Argent (for Lodge)

Crest: On a ducal coronet Or a robin holding in the beak a sprig of laurel proper.
Motto: Lamh foisdineach an uachtar (What we gain by conquest we secure by clemency).

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

 

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