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13 February 2021

Grant of Arms: Joseph Griggs of Loughborough 1898

Auctioneers Dominic Winter Auctions of South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, are offering for sale the 1898 Grant of Arms to Joseph Griggs Alderman and Mayor of the Borough of Loughborough.

Auction date 17th February2021, Auctioneer’s estimate GBP150-200.

The Arms were previously offered for sale in November 2020

14 January 2021

Grant of Arms: Rev’d John Kirby of Mayfield 1811

eBay vendor, ipswitches, is offering for sale the 1811 Grant of Arms to the Reverend John Kirby (1786 – 1844), Vicar of Mayfield. John Kirby was prominent in the rebuilding of Mayfield School, of which he was a trustee.

The Grant also extends to his brothers and sisters – “… to be borne by him and his descendants by this brothers George Kirby Thomas Kirby William Kirby Henry Kirby and Michael Kirby (the four younger being minors) and by his sisters Marthanna Anne-Ruth Jane-ruth and Mary..”.

Arms: Vert on a chevron erminois between three crosses pateé Argent as many roses Gules barbed and seeded Vert.

Crest: An elephant’s head erased ermine on the neck a torteau charged with a cross pateé as in the Arms.

Motto: Loyalty and Liberty

Dated: 30th April 1811

Garter: Sir Isaac Heard

Clarenceux: George Harrison

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13 January 2021

Royal Licence: Heatley to Montgomery 1820

Auctioneers, Dix Noonan Webb, are offering for sale the Irish 1820 Royal Licence for Conway Heatley to use the Name & Arms of Montgomery.

Auctioneer’s estimate: GBP180 to GBP 220 – Sold for GBP550.

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure three fleurs de lys Or 2nd & 3rd Gules three gen rings Or stoned Azure on an inescutcheon Gules a sword and sceptre in saltire proper within a bordure Or a double tressure flory counter flory Gules.

Crest: On a chapeau a dexter gauntlet erect holding a dagger proper.

Motto: Honneur Sans Repos

Dated: 4th September 1880

Ulster: Sir William Betham

An extract from The Montgomery Manuscripts:

Colonel Wm. Montgomery left three children viz.: one son, also named William, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Anna Helena. The son was accidently killed, when a youth, at Killough, in the year 1736. Elizabeth died unmarried. Anna Helena married William Heatley, esq., of Riversdale, county of Wicklow, leaving by him three sons and a daughter, namely — I. Conway, a barrister-at-law ; 2. Wm. Campbell , an officer in the army ; 3. John Montgomery, a student in the Middle Temple ; and 4. Isabella, who died unmarried. The eldest son, Conway, in right of his mother, was permitted to assume the name and arms of Montgomery, in the year 1820.

Conway Heatley Montgomery left three children, viz. : 1. Frederick Campbell, a major in the 50th regiment. In 1835, he accompanied his regiment to New South Wales, where he received a grant of lands, and retired from the service ; 2. Caroline, married to Hugh Cathcart, esq., heir to his uncle, sir Andrew Cathcart of Killoughan castle, Ayrshire; and 3. Augusta, married to the late Thomas Sinclair, esq., of Belfast.

Grant of Arms: Roger de Byron-Faes 1983

Auctioneers, Dix Noonan Webb, are offering for sale the 1983 Grant of Arms to Roger August Alfred Faes de Byron-Faes (1914-2001) of Sentry Box Estate, Gunderman in NSW, Australia.

The auctioneer’s estimate is GBP100 to GBP140. Sold for GBP480.

Arms: Azure three swords palewise in fess point downwards hilts pommels and quillons Or overall a fess also Or a fess Gules and thereon three bees volant.

Crest: Out of a crown Or two eagles’ heads addorsed the dexter Gules and the sinister Azure in the beak of each a cinquefoil Gold.

Motto: FAE ET IUS

Dated: 14th December 1983

Garter: Sir Alexander Colin Cole

Clarenceux: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner

Norroy and Ulster: John Philip Brooke Brooke-Little

5 December 2020

Grant of Arms: Captain Walter Henry Smith 1863

Auctioneers, Andrew Smith & Son, are offering for sale the 1863 Grant of Arms to Captain Walter Henry Smith, HM Indian Military Forces. Walter Henry Smith (b 1828 d 1899) retired from the Bengal Staff Corps 20th July 1879 as Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Colonel. He was listed as a Major General in the 1881 census living at Botley in Hampshire.

The live auction is from 15th to the 16th December 2020 and has an auctioneer’s estimate of GBP250 to GBP350.

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Smith Grantees

Arms: Azure on a bend engrailed between two fleurs-de-lis Argent three unicorns heads erased of the field.
Crest: An unicorn’s head quarterly Argent and Azure erased Or.
Motto: C’en Est Fait


Dated: 15 August 1862

Garter: Sir Charles George Young
Clarenceux: Robert Laurie

Smith AF

21 November 2020

Royal Licence: Richard Horton Horton-Smith 1905

Eastbourne Auctions are offering for sale the 1905 Royal Licence for Richard Horton Smith to take the name Horton in addition to and before Smith. The auction is from 27th November to 1st December. The auctioneer’s estimate is £50-£100.

This RL was included in the September 2019 sale which consisted of 4 Letters Patent connected with the Horton-Smith family – Four Grants of Arms: Horton-Smith.

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Arms: 1st & 4th Argent two chevronnels invected between two demi gryphons couped respecting each other in chief and as many battle axes in saltire in base all Sable (for Smith) 2nd & 3rd Gules a stag’s head cabossed Or on a chief of the last a rose of the first between two thistles slipped and leaved proper (for Horton).
Crest 1: In front of a mound Vert thereon a greyhound couchant proper two battle axes in saltire Or (for Smith).
Crest 2: In front of two claymores saltirewise proper a spear erect Argent the whole encircled by an antique crown Or (for Horton).
Motto 1: Prèt À Tressaillir
Motto 2: Haut On Aspire

Dated: 2nd November 1905
Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

In 1903 Richard Horton Smith was Treasurer to The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and his Arms, Granted in 1900, are displayed in the Chapel.

Image courtesy of Baz Manning

7 November 2020

Grant of Arms: Joseph Griggs of Loughborough 1898

Auctioneers Dominic Winter Auctions of South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, are offering for sale the 1898 Grant of Arms to Joseph Griggs Alderman and Mayor of the Borough of Loughborough.

Auction date 11th to 12th November 2020, Auctioneer’s estimate GBP200-300.

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Arms: Gules on a pale Argent between two ostrich feathers erect as many ostrich feathers also erect counterchanged.
Crest: In front of two ostrich feathers in saltire Gules a sword erect proper pomel and hilt Or the blade transfixed a leopard’s face also proper.
Motto: Secundo Curo

Dated: 27th May 1898

Garter: Sir Albert William Woods
Clarenceux: Walter Aston Blount.

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AF - Griggs

31 October 2020

Unidentified Crest on Medical Set

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 14:09
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I have been asked if I could identify the above Crest on a set of medical instruments. The set was for surgery and bloodletting and was made by James Bernardeau of London circa 1740.

My attempt at a blazon:

Crest: A hand couped at the wrist erect holding a broken sword.

Looking through Fairbairn’s and the General Armory I found that it is close to some Richardson Crests.  However, those listed had longer Arms, with or without armour. e.g. Richardson of Field House, Whitby, Yorks: A dexter arm erect couped at the elbow holding in the hand a broken sword proper.

Any suggestions?

28 September 2020

Grant of Arms: Edward Bewley of Causa Grange 1905

Auctioneers, Laidlaw Auctioneers & Valuers, are offering for sale the 1905 Grant of Arms to Edward Bewley of Causa Grange (1830-1919) and to other descendants of his father, John Bewley (1788-1869).

Live Auction: 02 Oct 2020 09:30 BST to 04 Oct 2020 10:00 BST. Auctioneer’s estimate 40 GBP – 60 GBP

Unfortunately, the auction site does not display a picture of the Arms, just the lower portion of the Letters Patent.

Arms: Argent a chevron Sable between in chief two Cornish choughs’ heads erased proper and in base a rose Gules barbed Vert seeded Or.
Crest: An ibex’s head erased Argent attired Or and gorged with a chaplet of roses Gules
Motto: Virtutis Gloria Merces
Dated: 11th December 1905
Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Norroy: Sir William Henry Weldon

 

A transcript of the Letters patent can be seen here.

19 September 2020

2 Grants of Arms: 1) Sir Charles John Pain 1936, 2) Major Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young 1978

At the end of August the auctioneers, Amersham Auction Rooms, offered for sale two Grants of Arms.  (Link) The first was the 1936 Grant of Arms to Sir Charles John Pain of Elm Croft, Harlaxton Drive in the City of Nottingham.  The second was the 1978 Grant of Arms to Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young of Elmbridge Drive, Ruislip.

Sir Charles John Pain Arms

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Sir Charles John Pain

Arms: Paly of six Argent and Vert on a chief enarched Azure an abacus between two garbs Or.
Crest: A lion rampant Gules bezantee holding between the forepaws a garb and resting the dexter hind paw upon an abacus Or.
Motto: Tenacitas Ac Modestia
Dated: 1st January 1936
Garter: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston
Norroy: Algar Henry Stafford Howard

Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young Arms

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Nigel Rutherford Rutherford-Young

Arms: Azure an arrow palewise point upwards Or overall a saltire Argent surmounted by an orle counterchanged.
Crest: A horse forcene guardant Azure crined and unguled Or and a lion rampant guardant Argent combatant supporting a highland broadsword proper.
Motto: Tenacious of Purpose
Dated: 10th March 1978
Garter: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Clarenceux: John Riddell Bromhead Walker

Major Nigel R Rutherford-Young TD served with the London Scottish.

Matriculation of Arms: The Hon. James Bell, Lord Provost of Glasgow 1895

Auctioneers Canterbury Auction Galleries are offering for sale the 1895 Matriculation of Arms of the Honourable James Bell (1850-1929) of Marlborough Terrace, Govan, Glasgow, Lord Provost of Glasgow. He was senior partner of Bell Brothers & McLelland, shipowners and was created a baronet as “Baronet of Marlborough Terrace” in 1895.

Live Auction: 03 Oct 2020 11:00 BST to 05 Oct 2020 11:00 BST. Auctioneer’s estimate £100 – £150.

Bell Matric Arms

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Arms: Azure on a fess engrailed Argent between two bells in chief Or and a three masted ship in base a thistle slipped proper.
Crest: A stag’s head couped proper attired Or.
Motto: Signum Pacis Amor
Dated: 9th August 1895
Lyon: James Balfour Paul

AF 1929 Bell

 

6 June 2020

Grants of Arms & Badge: Drusilla Marion Elizabeth Armitage 1965 & 1978

Auctioneers Golding Young & Mawer are offering for sale the 1965 Grant of Arms and the 1978 Grant of a Badge to Drusilla Marion Elizabeth Armitage (31st Mar 1929 – 16th Nov 2019) of Westfield Road in the Parish of St Anne in the City of Leicester.  The auction is on the 10th June at Bourne, Lincolnshire.

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Arms: Gules on a chevron Or between three cross crosslets Argent as many horseshoes Sable.

Dated: 1st June 1965

Garter: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Clarenceux: Sir John Dunamace Heaton-Armstrong

Armitage Badge

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Badge: A cross crosslet Or interlaced with a horseshoe Sable.

Dated: 16th June 1978

Garter: Sir Anthony Richard Wagner
Clarenceux: John Riddell Bromhead Walker

 

Drusilla Armitage was a member of the Heraldry Society and the White Lion Society.  The notes attached to her entry at the White Lion Society have the following rationale for her Arms:

“The design is a mixture of Miss Armitage’s father’s arms (Gules, a lion’s head erased between three cross crosslets argent) and those of her mother, who came from the old Leicestershire family of Pochin (Or, a chevron gules between three horseshoes sable).”

 

12 April 2020

Unidentified Hatchment

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:20
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eBay vendor, the-school-for-scandal, is offering for sale an, as yet, unidentified hatchment. By repute the hatchment was housed in Fawsley Hall Northamptonshire England, an estate owned by the Knightley family.  However, neither Arms seem to relate to Knightley.  The offer price is £2,995.00

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Arms: Azure on a fess Gules between three leopards’ faces jessant-de-lys as many mullets of six points Or
impaling
Azure a fess Argent between six crosses crosslet fitchy [couped] Or
Crest: A griffin’s erased head Or
Motto: In Portu Quies

The dexter Arms could be variations of Watkins or Cantelupe and those to sinister could be Haversham.  A quick look through the ten volumes of Hatchments in Britain did not provide any identifications.

Does anyone have any knowledge of these Arms &/or the hatchment?

 

 

Royal Licence: Robinson to Carrington 1910

eBay vendor, sirlearie, has recently sold the 1910 Royal Licence granted to Charles Harold Robinson to use the surname Carrington in lieu of Robinson in compliance with the will of his grandfather, William Carrington (1840-1903).  Charles was the son of Charles Robinson and Maria Ann Carrington.  Maria was the daughter of William Carrington of Blenheim House, Victoria Road, Barnsley.

The final sale price was GBP 130.

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Arms: Per pale Sable and Ermine a rose Argent barbed Vert seeded Or between four wheels those to the dexter of the third those to the sinister of the first.
Crest: Issuant from the battlements of a tower Argent a wheel Gules.
Motto: Perago Ad Finem

Dated: 4th March 1910

Garter: Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Norroy: William Henry Welden

 

Whilst looking at the family tree of the Carrington family, it seems that William Carrington had a son, John, who died in the 1930s.  This raises the question, why did William have a “Name & Arms” clause in his will if his son was still alive?

Sadly, Charles Harold Carrington died unmarried 9th April 1918 during the 4th Battle of Ypres.

11 April 2020

Grant of Arms: Victory Insurance Company Ltd 1944

Auctioneers Stephan Welz & Co of Johannesburg are offering for sale the 1944 Grant of Arms to the Victory Insurance Company Limited.

The bidding is due to end 21:00 SAST 12th April 2020.  The Auctioneer’s estimate ZAR 12,000-15,000.

Victory Ins Arms

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Arms: Barry wavy of six Argent and Azure a chevronel reversed Gules.
Crest: Issuant from flames a dexter hand apaumee proper
Motto: Uberrima fides

Dated: 23rd October 1944

Garter: Sir Algar Henry Stafford Howard
Clarenceux: Sir Arthur William Steuart Cochrane
Norroy & Ulster: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston

Grant of Arms: Ashby-de-la-Zouch Rural District Council, 1956

Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers are offering for sale the 1956 Grant of Arms to Ashby-de-la-Zouch Rural District Council.

Live auction 16th to 21st April 2020. Auctioneer’s estimate GBP200-300.

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Arms: Argent on a Mount in base an Ash tree proper within a Bordure Gules charged with five Bezants on a Chief Sable a pierced Cinquefoil Ermine between two Garbs Or.
Crest: Out of a Coronet composed of four Fleur de lys set upon a Rim Gules a demi lion Or supporting a staff proper flying therefrom a Banner paly of six Gold and Azure a Quarter Ermine. Mantled Gules doubled Argent
Motto: Deeds Not Words

Dated: 9th February 1956

Garter: Sir George Rothe Bellew
Clarenceux: Sir John Dunamace Heaton-Armstrong
Norroy & Ulster: Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston

24 February 2020

Grant of Arms: Thomas Yard of Barbados 1810

Auctioneers Dominic Winter Auctions are offering for sale the Grant of Arms to Thomas Yard (1786-1844) of the Parish of St George in the Island of Barbados and to the children of his late younger brother Edward James Yard, Edward, Mary & Elvira.  The auction is on the 4th March at South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.  The auctioneers guide price is £200-£300.

Yard-Thomas Arms

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Yard-Grantees

Arms: Sable on a chevron Argent between three water bougets Or as many Cocks Gules.
Crest: On a mount Vert a cock as in the Arms the dexter claw on a water bouget Or.
Motto: Semper Vigilans

Dated: 22 October 1810

Garter: Sir Issac Heard
Clarenceux: George Harrison

 

6 January 2020

Grant of Arms: Robert William Llewellyn JP 1902

eBay vendor, grandenorm, is offering for sale the 1902 Grant of Arms to Robert William Llewellyn JP of Court Colman in the Parish of Bridgend & of Baglan Hall in the Parish of Briton Ferry both in the County of Glamorgan.  The “Buy it now” price is £550.00

Llewellyn Arms

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Arms: Per fesse embattled Azure and Or a Javelin erect beteen two boars heads erased in chief and a like boar’s head erased between two javelins in base all counter changed.
Crest: Upon a rock proper a boar’s head erased Or in front of three javelins one in pale and two in saltire also proper.
Motto: Gwell Angau Na Chywildydd

Dated: 20th November 1902

Garter: Sir Albert William Woods
Clarenceux: George Edward Cokayne

Llewellyn AF

1 November 2019

Certification of Arms: Sir Stanley De Astel Calvert Clarke 1890

The auctioneer Busby of Bridport are offering for sale the 1890 Certification of Arms & Pedigree of Stanley De Astel Calvert Clarke on the 21st November 2019.  The Certification was done by Henry Farnham Burke, then Somerset Herald.

The auctioneer’s estimate is £80-£120.

Clarke Arms

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Arms: Gules a bear rampant ermine gorged with an eastern crown Or between three mullets pierced Argent.
Crest: A bear as in Arms gorged with a Naval Crown Or line reflexed over the back Gules supporting a battleaxe erect proper.
Motto: Sans Changer

Date: 29 March 1890

Somerset Herald: Henry Farnham Burke

Clarke Marital

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The pedigree includes Clarke’s Arms impaled with the Arms of his wife, Mary Temple Rose, the daughter of Sir John Rose, 1st Baronet.

Arms: Or a boar’s head couped Gules armed and langued Azure between three water bougets Sable on a chief of the second three maple leaves of the first.

 

19 October 2019

Royal Licence: Wilmot to Grimston 1860

Auctioneers Special Auction Services of Newbury are offering for sale the Royal Licence granted to John Wilmot of Neswick, East Riding of the County Yorkshire, second surviving son of Sir Robert Wilmot Bt “by Dame Lucy his wife eldest daughter of Robert Grimston and sister of John Grimston both late of Neswick aforesaid Esquires all deceased” to use the surname of Grimston only in lieu of that of Wilmot and that he and they may bear the Arms of Grimston only.

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Grimston

Arms: Ermine an escallop between two mullets of six points pierced fessewise between two barrulets Sable.
Crest: Upon the trunk of a tree eradicated and sprouting proper a stag’s head couped Argent gorged with a collar gemel Sable.
Motto: Faitz Prouveront
Dated: 29th September 1860
Garter: Sir Charles Young
Norroy: Walter Aston Blount

Wilmot Bt

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