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11 July 2018

Royal Licence: Edmund Whitney Fetherston-Whitney 1859

Bellmans Auctioneers & Valuers sold in 2015 the 1859 Royal Licence authorising  Edmund Whitney Fetherston Esq. of Newpass, Co. Westmeath to take the Name of Whitney in addition to Fetherston and to bear the Arms of Whitney quarterly with those of Fetherston.

Edmund was the 3rd son of the Rev Sir Thomas Francis Fetherston, 4th Baronet of Ardagh, co. Longford, the eldest by the latter’s second wife, Anne L’Estrange.  Two of his younger brother’s also were granted Royal Licences to assume the name Whitney in 1880 and 1881.  The youngest, Henry Ernest William, also changed the spelling from Fetherston to Fetherstonhaugh, the “haugh” being silent.

Fetherston Arms

Fetherston LP2

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a cross chequy Or and Sable in the dexter quarter a crescent of the second (for Whitney) 2nd & 3rd Gules on a chevron between three ostrich feathers Argent a pellet Sable (for Fetherston).
Crest: A bull’s head couped Sable horned Argent tipped Gules gorged with a collar chequy Or and Sable (for Whitney) An Antelope statant Argent armed Or (for Fetherston)
Motto: Volens Et Valens

Dated: 11th July 1859

Ulster: Sir John Bernard Burke

Fetherston RL

 

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