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29 January 2013

Hatchment: General Sir Henry Robert Ferguson Davie Bt

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 17:28
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Over at the Heraldry Society of Scotland’s web forum Richard d’Apice found that the Hatchment for General Sir Henry Robert Ferguson Davie Bt for sale by auction by Aldridges of Bath.  It had a guide price of between £100 and £150 but eventually sold for £1,150.  

The 107th edition of Burke’s Peerage & Baronetage describes Henry Robert Ferguson as the illegitimate son of Robert Ferguson of Raith.  On 22nd March 1823, he married Frances Juliana, daughter of Sir John Davie, 8th Baronet, of Creedy, and niece and heiress of Sir Humphrey Davie, 10th and last Baronet, of Creedy.  (Her eldest brother, Sir John Davie 9th Bt, died unmarried in 1824 and her other brother, William, died in 1822.) On 9th February 1846 he assumed by Royal license the additional surname and Arms of Davie and the following year the baronetcy held by his wife’s family was revived when he was created a Baronet, of Creedy in the County of Devon on 9 January 1847. Hatchment130129 The hatchment does differ from the modern blazon and is probably also incorrect in its background colours.

Arms (Hatchment):  Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent a chevron Sable between three mullets pierced Gules 2nd Azure three cinquefoils two and one Or upon a chief of the last a lion passant Gules 3rd three cinquefoils two and one Or on a canton Argent [details are not clear] in centre point the Badge of Ulster.

Impaling: Argent a chevron between three mullets Gules.

Arms (modern):  Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent a chevron Sable between three mullets pierced Gules 2nd & 3rd Azure three cinquefoils two and one Or upon a chief of the last a lion passant Gules  in centre point the Badge of Ulster.

Crest: A pascal lamb reguardant Gules.

Motto:  “Auspice Christo”  (Under the auspices of Christ)

Sir Henry Robert Ferguson Davie died 30th November 1885 with his wife predeceasing him on 12th April 1882.  On that basis the right hand half of the hatchment, representing his wife’s Arms, should  also have been painted black.


27 January 2013

Harry Holmes-Tarn – Grant of Arms 1901

The Scottish Grant of Arms to Harry Holmes-Tarn were recently on sale on eBay.  The Grant is dated 9th September 1901 and signed by Sir James Balfour Paul.

Grant of Arms 1901

Grant of Arms 1901

Arms: Parted per saltire Or and Gules two terns naiant in tarns or lochs undy proper one in chief and one in base.
Mantling: Gules and Or.
Crest:  On a wreath of his liveries on a garb fessewise a raven all proper.
Motto:  “Viret in asternum.” (It Flourishes Forever)


The Arms of Harry Holmes-Tarn were also included within Arthur Charles Fox-Davies 1929 edition of Armorial Families.

1929 Edition Armorial Families

1929 Edition Armorial Families

  1. Harry Holmes-Tarn (b.1871 d.1932) m.1895 Nora Adelgunde Martini (b.1873 d.1972)
    1. Donald Cunninghame Holmes-Tarn (b.1896 d.1905)
    2. Brigadier Kenneth Archibald Holmes-Tarn, late Royal Artillery (b.1898 d.1971) m1. Dorothy Mary Green (b.1893 d.1958) m2.1960 Elizabeth Grace Hankey (b.1914 d.1976)
    3. Captain Alastair Roderick Holmes-Tarn (b.1911 d.1967) m.1948 Nancy Emlyn Gore.

    Neither surviving son seems to have had any issue to continue the use of the Arms.

Photographs of the Grant courtesy of  the vendor, Mr Ashton C Cameron Stuart.

4 August 2012

New Addition: Gush Armorial

I have just added an Armorial for Gush in respect of:

William Frederick GUSH of 53 Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park.

Sable a fasces erect proper between two owls Argent a chief ermine.


a ) Grantees of Arm: 1882 Vol. LXI fol. 284

b) Blazon: BGA

Family details (not necessarily complete);

1 William Frederick Gush b: Abt. 1840 in Fulham, Middlesex, England, d: 16 Jun 1883 in Middlesex, England

… + Eliza Ann Jackson b: Abt. 1842 in Ealing, Middlesex, England, m: 1864, d: Bef. 1875

……2 William H Gush b: Abt. 1867 in St Pancras, Middlesex, England

……2 Frank Gush b: 1869 in Marylebone, Middlesex, England

……   + Annie Gardner Hawkins b: Abt. 1866

………3 Frank Gush b: 1902 in London, England

………3 Marjorie Gwendoline Gush b: 1911

………3 Ethel May Gush b: 1909 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

……2 George Elgood Gush b: 1870 in Marylebone, Middlesex, England, d: 11 Oct 1941 in Hampshire, England

……   + Alice Mary Gaselee b: Abt. 1869 in Dulwich, Surrey, England, m: 1893 in Kingston, Surrey

………3 Charles Robert Gush b: 06 Feb 1895 in Norwood, Surrey, England, d: Dec 1973 in Surrey South Western, Surrey, England

………3 Dorothy A Gush b: Abt. 1899 in Malden, Surrey, England

………3 Alick William Gush b: 26 Jan 1897 in Malden, Surrey, England, d: Mar 1972 in Cuckfield, Sussex, England

……2 Rosalie L Gush b: Abt. 1866 in St Pancras, Middlesex, England

……2 Ethel Marcia Gush b: 1871 in St Pancras, London, United Kingdom, d: 28 Jan 1907 in Hampshire, England

……   + George Charles Howard b: Abt. 1860 in St Martins, London, England, m: 1900 in London

………3 George Howard b: Abt. 1900 in Earls Court, London, England

……2 Edward Basil Gush b: Abt. 1873 in St Pancras, d: Jan 1899 in Surrey, United Kingdom

… + Eliza Seal Bookham b: Abt. 1838 in West Malling, Kent, England, d: 04 Sep 1918 in Middlesex, England

……2 Geoffrey Bertram Gush b: Abt. 1880 in Paddington, London, England, d: 23 Sep 1948 in Chichester, Sussex, England

……   + Leoni

………3 Marjorie Emily May Gush b: Abt. 1905 in Wembley, Middlesex, England

………3 Geoffrey Bryan Gush b: 02 Apr 1903 in Brighton, Sussex, England, d: Jul 1986 in Winchester, Hampshire, England

………   + Elinor A Birch b: 24 Jun 1906

…………4 Vilma Gush

………3 Trevor Syndercombe Gush b: Abt. 1908 in Wembley, Middlesex, England, d: Dec 1921 in Hampstead, London, England

………3 Raymond Richard Gush b: 23 Nov 1909 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England, d: May 1988 in Penrith, Cumberland, England

………   + Valentine M Walker

…………4 George R P Gush b: 1935 in Hove, Sussex, England

…………4 Geoffrey T V Gush b: 1937 in Uckfield, Sussex, England

…………   + Marianna Jackson

……………5 Rebecca C Gush b: 1963 in Tonbridge

……………5 James Gush b: 1965 in Tonbridge, Kent

……2 Ciciley Victoria Gush b: Abt. 1878 in Old Malden, Surrey, England, d: 04 Jul 1954 in Buckinghamshire, England

…… + Alexander Hill Goodwin b: Abt. 1865 in Scotland, Ayr, Scotland, m: 29 Jun 1903 in St Peter’s, Belsize Park; The Times, Wednesday, 01 Jul 1903

………3 Cicely Margaret Goodwin b: 1910 in London, United Kingdom

……… + James Ronald Davies m: 03 Sep 1938 in St Peter’s Church, Hampstead; The Times, Wednesday, 07 Sep 1938

………3 Jessie Agnes Goodwin b: 13 Feb 1906 in London, United Kingdom, d: 19 Jul 1984 in Slough, Berkshire, England

………   + George Samuel Pick
………3 Eric Alexander Hill Goodwin b: 04 Apr 1904 in London, United Kingdom, d: 1972 in Hendon, Greater London, England

16 March 2012

New addition: Brownlee Armorial

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 10:40
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The latest addition to my online Armorial is for Brownlee


So far it just has the two Arms as recorded in Scotland in 1969 for two Australian viz: Gyronny of twelve Gules and Or in the centre a cinquefoil ermine a bordure Or for difference & Gyronny of twelve Gules and Or in the centre a cinquefoil ermine a bordure engrailed Or for difference.  The two grantees were brothers and the sons of a second son.  Therefore, the stem Arms for that family are most probably Gyronny of twelve Gules and Or in the centre a cinquefoil ermine


The Arms seem to be based upon those of Brounlee (Gyronny of twelve Gules and Or in the centre a cinquefoil Sable) in Burke’s General Armory (BGA).  The BGA entry gives no biographical or geographical details, as such is of limited use and, of course, no authority.  Unfortunately, there are various family history website that still cite BGA as an “official” record.

25 February 2012

Bookplate: [Sir] William Arbuthnot (1766-1829)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:21
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A bookplate that keeps re-appearing for sale at eBay is one for William Arbuthnot.  The bookplate displays his Arms before he was created a baronet in 1822/3 (Arbuthnot Armorial).

Unusually, when he was created a baronet he also received supporters for his Arms.  Whilst Arbuthnot was the Provost of Edinburgh the King attended a dinner.  It is claimed that the King said if Arbuthnot could walk around the table unaided he would be granted Supporters for his Arms.


Azure a crescent between three mullets Argent within a bordure Or charged with three boars’ heads erased Gules.


A peacock’s head proper.


Dexter a wyvern Vert; Sinister, a greyhound Argent collar and line reflexed over the back Gules


Innocent and True

24 February 2012

Livery Button: Geddes of Rachan

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:52
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eBay has this livery button which could be Geddes of Rachan

The Arms for Geddes of Rachan are:

Gules an escutcheon Argent between three pike-heads (or geds’ heads) couped Or.


A pike’s head couped proper.


Capta Majora (Employed in Greater Things)

Bookplate: Theodore Radford Forrester Thomson (1897-1981)

The bookplate of Theodore Radford Forrester Thomson (Thomson Armorial) is on sale at eBay.


Potent Argent and Azure on a bend Sable a mullet between two stags’ heads cabossed Or


A gauntleted hand erect in pale holding a flaming torch in bend proper


Above the Crest: Acquanimitas (With Even Mind)

Below the Shield: Veritas Praevalebit (Truth Will Prevail)

He was the youngest son of Rev. Prof. John Radford Thomson.  His Arms were matriculated in the Lyon Register in 1923. His bother, Rev. Canon Clement Reynolds Thomas, matriculated Arms in 1924 (Potent Argent and Azure on a bend Sable two stags’ heads cabossed Or) and his cousin, Charles Sheldon Thomson, also matriculated Arms in 1923 (Potent Argent and Azure on a bend engrailed Sable two stags’ heads cabossed Or).  These are also noted in Arthur C Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families (1929 Edition).

More family details can be viewed online at Thomson & Forrester of Corstorphine Pedigree.

17 February 2012

Bookplate: Maj-Gen Sir Edward Wolstenholme Ward

Another bookplate on sale at eBaythat of Maj.-Gen. Sir Edward Wolstenholme Ward.


Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a cross patonce Or (for Ward) 2nd & 3rd Gules three cinquefoils ermine on a chief Or a human heart of the first (for Hamilton of Bangor)


A Saracen’s head affrontee couped below the shoulders proper wreathed around the temples Or and Azure and adorned with three ostrich feathers.


Sub Cruce Salus (Salvation comes from the cross)

Sir Edward was the great-grandson of the 1st Viscount Bangor and nephew to the 3rd.  The Hamilton quarter was from Anne Catharine Hamilton, mother of the 1st Viscount and daughter and co-heiress of James Hamilton of Bangor, co. Down.


15 February 2012

Bookplate – Henry Theophilus Clements of Ashfield Lodge, co.Cavan (1820-1904)

Another bookplate on sale on eBay is that of Lt Col Henry Theophilus Clements DL JP. However, the sale site has incorrectly identified the bookplate as belonging to Henry’s grandfather, Lt Col Henry Theophilus Clements (1734-1795).

Argent two bends wavy Sable on a chief Gules three bezants
Azure on a chief Or a demi lion rampant issuant Gules (for Markham)
A hawk proper
Patriis Virtutibus (By Hereditary Virtues)

In 1868 Henry married Gertrude Caroline Lucy Markham, daughter of Reverend David Frederick Markham. They had six children, 4 sons and two daughters

9 February 2012

Bookplate: Edward Akroyd MP JP DL of Bankfield

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 11:45
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A bookplate linked to one of my Armorials has caught my eye over at eBay, that of Edward Akroyd MP JP DL of Bankfield.

Edward Akroyd married Elizabeth, daughter of John Fearby of Poppleton Lodge, in 1838. Elizabeth died in 1884 and Edward died in 1887. They had no children.

Azure a chevron and in base a stag’s head erased Argent on a chief of the last two stags’ heads erased of the field.
Argent a chevron engrailed between three lions’ heads erased Sable (Fearby of Poppleton*)
In front of a stag’s head proper three spear heads Sable encircled by a wreath of oak
In Veritate Victoria (Victory in Truth)

My Akroyd armorial can be viewed at www.heraldry-online.org.uk/akroyd.html

* The Arms used by Fearby are listed as Fereby in Burke’s General Armory.

18 January 2012

The Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund, Salisbury

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,Places — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:08
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A couple of weekends ago I was in Salisbury with the family and I re-visited the Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund.  My first visit was a bit of a failure because my digital camera died on me.  However, this time armed with my new camera and in the company of my father-in-law I had more success.

As a interim step I have uploaded some of the pictures to photobucket.  The link below will take you to the gallery via the main website.


25 October 2011

Recorded Arms for Campbell

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 19:49
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My colleague at the Heraldry Society of Scotland, Paul Campbell, has compiled and emblazoned an Armorial of the Arms for Campbell.  I am delighted to be able to display it at my main site.  It can be viewed at:

Recorded Arms for Campbell


21 October 2011

Bookplate of the 7th Baron Farnham (Maxwell)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 07:21
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The bookplate of the 7th Lord Farnham is currently on sale at eBay by prexiepost.

Henry Maxwell, 7th Baron Farnham married Anna Stapleton, daughter of Thomas Stapleton, 16th Baron le Despencer, on 3 December 1828. The couple had no children. Both Farnham and his wife were killed in the Abergele train disaster of 1868.


Argent a saltire Sable a chief paly of six of the first and second (for Maxwell of Calderwood)


Quarterly 1st Argent a lion rampant Sable (for Stapleton) 2nd Azure three dexter hand gauntlets with their backs forward Or (for Fane) 3rd Gules on a Saltire Argent a rose of the filed barbed and seeded proper (for Neville) 4th Quarterly Argent and Gules in the 2nd and 3rd quarters a fret Or over all a bend Sable (for Spencer)

Crest: A buck’s head erased proper [The bookplate displays the coronet of a Baron]

Motto: Je Suis Pret

Supporters: Two bucks proper


My Maxwell armorial can be viewed at www.heraldry-online.org.uk/maxwell.html.

8 September 2011

Actress Emilia Fox’s Arms

As a keen student of genealogy I have been watching the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Last night it was the turn of the actress Emilia Fox.  The latter part of the programme covered her great great grandfather Samson Fox.  He was the guiding force behind Harrogate’s Royal Hall.  The show briefly displayed a view of his Arms in the ceiling of the Hall:

Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families gives the blazon as:

Arms: Argent a representation of a corrugated boiler-flue fesseways proper between two foxes courant Gules each holding in their mouth a trefoil slipped  Vert.
Crest: A representation of a corrugated boiler-flue as in the Arms and thereupon a fox Gules resting the dexter pay upon a trefoil slipped Vert.
Motto: Forti Nihil Difficile. (To the brave, nothing is difficult.)

The Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms has the following:

6 August 2011

Bookplate of Sixth Duke of Portland (Bentinck)

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 09:15
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Today a bookplate of the 6th Duke of Portland was sold on eBay by lesIndavid.

The Arms are listed in my Bentinck armorial.

Arms: 1st & 4th Azure a cross moline Argent (for Bentinck) 2nd & 3rd Sable three stags’ heads cabossed Argent attired Or (for Cavendish).

Crests:  1st Out of a ducal coronet gold two arms counter embowed vested Gules on the hands gloves Or each holding an ostrich feather Argent (for Bentinck) 2nd A snake nowed proper (for Cavendish)

Supporters: Two lions double queued the dexter Or the sinister Sable.

Motto: Craignez Honte (Dread shame)

30 July 2011

Vessey – A Hatchment

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:41
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James Dempster, over at the HSS, spotted this hatchment on sale at ebay by timw3007.

The Arms seem to be those of Vessey:

Arms: Ermine on a cross Sable five martlets Or

Crest: An arm embowed and couped at the shoulder erect from the elbow habited Gules cuffed ermine holding in the hand proper four leaves Vert.

The hatchment was made by Winsor & Newton of London and is just 14 inches by 14 inches which is somewhat smaller that the usual.  I could not find it listed in the Hatchments of Britain.  These last two factors might indicate it was a “sample”.

27 July 2011

Russell Grant a Grantee

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 17:17
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It appears that the TV astrologer, Russell Grant, is a Grantee of Arms from the College of Arms, London.   Russell has his own web page on the topic here.

I plan to add his Arms to my Grant Armorial in due course.  From his website I have had a go at emblazoning his Arms as below:

Arms of Russell Grant - 1st attempt

To be absolutely sure I will need to have the actual blazon from the Letters Patent.  I’ve dropped Russell’s “team” a line and await a reply. Failing that, I will have to try other avenues.


My initial stab at the blazon is:

Azure two seaxes in saltire pommelled and hilted Or between four estoiles two in fess of the last and two in pale Argent.

I am sure some of my fellow heraldry enthusiasts can correct me.

23 July 2011

St Mary’s Church, Buriton, Hampshire

Filed under: Heraldry,Places — Stephen J F Plowman @ 19:27
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A new webpage has been added for St Mary’s Church, Buriton, Hampshire.

22 June 2011

Stern Armorial

Filed under: Coat of Arms,Heraldry,People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:01
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Following on from the earlier post Stern – One Family, Many Arms I have now added the Arms to my One Name Armorial – Stern

20 June 2011

Stern – One Family, Many Arms

On Saturday 18th June I went back to my old school, Lord Wandsworth’s College, for the first time in 30 or so years. In addition to doing all the “old boy” type things, I managed to take a couple of pictures of the founder’s Arms:

Sydney James Stern, Baron Wandsworth

Arms: Or on a pile Sable a lion rampant of the first a chief Gules thereon two horse’s heads erased Argent.

Crest: A lion passant proper gorged with a collar flory counterflory Gules resting the dexter forepaw on an escutcheon of the last charged with a horse’s head erased Argent.

Supporters: On either side a horse Argent gorged with a collar flory counterflory and charged on the shoulder an estoile within an annulet all Gules.

Motto: Vincit perseverantia

The Arms and supporters were granted in 1895 by the College of Arms (Vol LXVIII fol. 295;

Supporters fol. 297). Lord Wandsworth died in 1912 without issue and the title became extinct.

Whilst looking through Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families I found that Lord Wandsworth had a brother, Sir Edward Stern, who used different Arms. Fox-Davies also recorded a number of other Stern Arms with various differences which prompted me to delve a bit further into the family tree:

  1. Jacob Stern
    1. Wolf J. Stern (b.1801 d.1854)
    2. Abraham Jacob Stern (b.1805 d.1885)
    3. Julius Stern (b.1807 d.1852)
      1. James Julius Stern (b.1835 d.1901)
        1. Henry Julius Joseph Stern (b.1873)
          1. James Andrew Stern (b.1904)
          2. Reginald Hubert Stern (b.1906)
          3. Peter Francis Stern (1915)
        2. Sir Albert Gerald Stern (b.1878)
          1. John Frederick Albert Stern (b.1926)
          2. David Gerald Stern (b.1927)
        3. Frederick Claude Stern (b.1884)
    4. David Stern, 1st Viscount de Stern [Portugal](b.1808 d.1877)
      1. Sydney James Stern, 1st Baron Wandsworth, 2nd Viscount de Stern (b.1845 d.1912)
      2. Sir Edward David Stern Bt (b.1854)
    5. Siegmund Jacob Stern (b.1809 d.1872)
    6. Leopold Stern (b.1810 d. 1846)
    7. Hermann Stern, 1st Baron de Stern [Portugal] (b.1815 d.1887)
      1. Sir Herbert Stern, 1st Baron Michelham, 2nd Baron de Stern (b.1851 d.1919)
        1. Sir Hermann Alfred Stern. 2nd Baron Michelham, 3rd Baron de Stern (b.1899)
        2. Jack Herbert Stern (b.1903)
    8. Salomon Stern (b. 1818)

Originally from Germany at least three Stern brothers seem to have come to England, two via Portugal with titles of nobility.

The other Stern Arms listed by Fox-Davies:


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