From the College of Arms website:
The College of Arms is seeking to recruit a research assistant (trainee) for a period of six to twelve months. The successful candidate will learn how to deal with heraldic and genealogical enquiries arising from members of the public and various organisations, how to process applications for new grants of arms and about other work undertaken by the College. Upon completion of this training period, the candidate will be assessed with a view to appointment as an officer of arms. If appointed, he or she will be able to run an independent heraldic and genealogical practice within the College generating his or her own income.
Research Assistantship (Traineeship) with a view to appointment as an Officer of Arms
In May 2014 I visited the Church of St Michael the Archangel, Aldershot. I managed just a few photographs of the monuments therein.
Monument to the “Lady Ellen Tichborne” (b. 1589 d.1606) the eldest daughter and co-heir of Sir Robert White of Aldershot and wife of Sir Richard Tichborne
Vair a chief Or differenced by a label of three points Azure (for Tichborne)
Vair a chief Or differenced by a label of three points Azure (for Tichborne) impaling Party per fess Azure and Or a pale counterchanged on the Azure three plates each charged with two bars wavy Vert and on the Or as many lion’s heads erased Gules (for White)
Monument to the “Lady Mary Tichborne” (d.1620) the younger daughter and co-heir of Sir Robert White and wife of Sir Walter Tichborne
Quarterly 1st & 4th Party per fess Azure and Or a pale counterchanged on the Azure three plates each charged with two bars wavy Vert and on the Or as many lion’s heads erased Gules (for White) 2nd & 3rd Ermine on chevron cotised Sable three martlets Or (for Bradley)
Vair a chief Or (for Tichborne) impaling Quarterly 1st & 4th Party per fess Azure and Or a pale counterchanged on the Azure three plates each charged with two bars wavy Vert and on the Or as many lion’s heads erased Gules (for White) 2nd & 3rd Ermine on chevron cotised Sable three martlets Or (for Bradley)
Quarterly 1st & 4th Vair a chief Or (for Tichborne) 2nd Party per fess Azure and Or a pale counterchanged on the Azure three plates each charged with two bars wavy Vert and on the Or as many lion’s heads erased Gules (for White) 3rd Ermine on chevron cotised Sable three martlets Or (for Bradley).
A lion’s head erased quarterly Or and Azure gutty counterchanged (for White).
The Church also has pedigree that was prepared by the College of Arms in 1966 which “is designed to illuminate the heraldry which appears upon the Memoral Brass to Sir John White…“. The pedigree is signed by Colin Cole when Windsor Herald.
Whilst doing a purge of various photographs on my phone I came across the one below I took in March 2013.
The Arms are displayed above the entrance to the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton, Wiltshire.
Arms: Per pale and Azure three lions rampant Argent.
Crest: A wyvern wings elevated Vert holding in the mouth a sinister hand couped at the wrist Gules.
Motto: Ung Je Serviray (One Will I Serve)
The Hall, part of the Wilton House Estate, is described in its website as having been built “in 1932 to commemorate the younger brother of Sidney, 16th Earl of Pembroke“. I do not presume to tell the Earls of Pembroke their family history, but Burke’s Peerage does not show a younger brother of the 16th Earl called Michael. Sidney, the 14th Earl, did have a younger brother, Sir Michael Henry Herbert KCMG, CB, PC (b.1857 d.1903). Sir Michael had two sons, Sidney and Michael. The younger son, Michael George Herbert, died in 1932 unmarried aged 39.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
l to r: USS Thach, an RAF Officer, Plowman
In 1993* my father was granted the Arms: “Argent three Anchors Sable each entwined by a Serpent Gules on a Chief enarched nebuly Azure three Martlets rising Or“.
The “chief enarched nebuly” represented the curvature of the earth as seen when flying above the clouds during his career with the Royal Air Force and then with British European Airways/British Airways.
However, it would appear that this was not the first time that an enarched chief had been used in British Arms associated with an aviator. The January 1985 edition of the Middlesex Heraldry Society’s journal, The Seaxe, notes that an exhibition to celebrate the College of Arms’ Quincentenary displayed the Arms of an, as yet, unidentified Royal Air Force officer of “Argent a chief enearched nebuly Azure“.
In international heraldry, it may well have been first used around 1981 by the US Navy for the USS Thach. The ship was named after the outstanding Navy aviator, John Thach. The blazon for the ship’s Arms was: “Azure two chevronels couched fretted Argent interlaced with an anchor palewise Or, on a chief enarched nebuly of the last a trident head issuant from chief points to base Gules“. The rational for the design is given as;
“The enarched nebuly chief refers to the sky and naval aviation; the three tines of the red trident representing “Fighting Three” and Admiral Thach’s aggressive leadership of that squadron for which he was highly decorated. The interlaced chevronels and anchor emphasize the importance of naval air to the fleet and symbolize the “Thach Weave”, a fighter tactic developed by and named for Admiral John Smith Thach.”
*My father’s grant may well have set a record for the slowest to be granted, but that is another story.
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.
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
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.
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;
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
18.104.22.168. 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