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24 July 2017

Royal Licence: James Trimmer to Shotter 1875

Vendor ephemeracity1 is offering for sale on eBay the 1795 Royal Licence for James Trimmer of Farnham, Surrey to take the Name and Arms of Shotter.

James Shotter Arms2

James Shotter LP2

Arms: Azure on a chevron Or another chevron Gules charged with three bezant in chief two sheaves each of six arrows interlaced saltierwise Gold flighted and pheon’d Argent in base a bow stringed fesswise of the last.
Crest: A demi lion rampant erminois charged on the shoulder with two arrows saltierwise Gules flighted proper in the paws a slip of oak leaves and acorns also proper.
Dated: 23 December 1795

James Shotter Grantees

James Trimmer was the nephew of the wife of William Shotter of Farnham who left a “Name & Arms” clause in his will.

12 March 2017

Royal Licence: Lewis Owen Williams-Owen 1925

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:26
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Vendor brooklandcollectables is offering for sale on eBay the Royal Licence to Lewis Owen Williams to take the surname of Owen in addition to and after that of Williams dated 9th December 1925.

Williams-Owens LP 002

Williams-Owens Arms

Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th Argent a pile Sable between two lions rampant Gules a bordure engrailed also Sable (for Owen) 2nd & 3rd Argent two chevronels between in chief as many cocks Gules and in pase two serpents entwined Vert(for Williams)
Crest: On a wreath of the colours a lion couchant holding between the fore paws a greyhound’s head erased Or (for Owen)
On a wreath of the colours upon a chevron a cock Gules (for Williams)

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.

 Gordon Canning Robert

RL_Gazette_Gordon

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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5 January 2015

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.

Gilbert-Gazette

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

Gilbert-Davies Bookplate2

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.

 

 

21 February 2013

Bookplate: James Devereux Hustler

There is a bookplate on sale at eBay belonging to James Devereux Hustler.

Hustler-bookplate

Arms: Argent on a fesse Azure between two martlets Sable three fleurs-de-lis Or.

Crest: A talbot sejant Argent gorged with a collar Azure charged with three fleurs-de-lis Or.

Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 shows that Rev’d James Devereux Hustler was the elder son of Thomas and Ann Hustler of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, born 4 Dec 1784 and died 1846.  He had a son James Devereux Hustler born 17 May 1827 died 1906.

The Arms were originally granted to Sir William Hustler of Acklam Hall in 1726.  However, none of Sir William’s sons produced any children.  Acklam Hall and the Arms descended via his daughter with her descendants changing their name to Hustler by Royal Licence (see pedigree below).  The most recent generation bearing the Hustler Arms quartered with those of Hopkins.

From what I have found so far, it seems that the Rev’d James Devereux Hustler was not “lawfully” using the Hustler Arms.  A victim of a Georgian “bucket shop” perhaps?

From Burke’s Landed Gentry, 1937 edition:

1 Sir William Hustler of Acklam Hall d.1730
1.1 William Hustler spvp
1.2 Robert Hustler of Acklam Hall (heir to father) dsp c.1736
1.3 James Hustler of Acklam Hall (heir to brother) dsp
1.4 Anne Hustler (co-heir to brother James) m.1700 Thomas Peirse
1.4.1 Thomas Peirse
1.4.1.1 Thomas Peirse later Thomas Hustler of Acklam Hall (RL 1784) m1.1737 Jane Staines, m2.Mary Robinson, m3. Constance Hutton by whom
1.4.1.1.1 Thomas Hustler of Acklam Hall d.unm 1819
1.4.1.1.2 William Hustler m. Charlotte Meade
1.4.1.1.2.1 Thomas Hustler of Acklam Hall b.1801d.1874 m.1822 Charlotte Frances Eliza Wells
1.4.1.1.2.1.1 William Thomas Hustler of Acklam Hall JP DL b.1823 d.1909 m1.1851 Anna Maria Watkyn Richards, m2.1893 Harriet Badley
1.4.1.1.2.1.1.1 Marian Hustler d.1893 m.1878 Rev Reginald Edward Beaumont
1.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.1 Reginald Hustler Beaumont b.1879
1.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.2 William Hustler Beaumont b.1885
1.4.1.1.2.1.1.1.3 Marian Eva Hustler Beaumont b.1881 m.1908 Capt Frederick Scarth Beadon
1.4.1.1.2.1.2 Richard Hustler b.1824 d.1881
1.4.1.1.2.1.3 Rev George Hustler b.1826 d.1905 m.1849 Louisa Toovey-Hawley
1.4.1.1.2.1.3.1 Evereld Ellen Hustler d.1906 m.1872 Richard Hill
1.4.1.1.2.1.3.2 Constance Charlotte Hustler m.1876 Maj A Bingham Wright
1.4.1.1.2.1.4 Evereld Catherine Eliza Hustler d.1887 m.1864 William Randolf Innes Hopkins
1.4.1.1.2.1.4.1 William Hustler Hopkins later William Hustler Hustler of Acklam Hall (RL 1909) b.1866 d.1927 m.1898 Maud Frances Collingwood
1.4.1.1.2.1.4.1.1 William Mostyn Collingwood Hustler of Acklam Hall b.1899 d.1976 m.1930 Angela Joan Hanson
1.4.1.1.2.1.4.1.2 Thomas William Mostyn Hustler b.1934 d.2006 m.1972 Marilyn Rylands
1.4.1.1.2.1.4.1.3 Joanna Evereld Hustler b.1932
1.5 ? Hustler (co-heir to brother James)
1.6 Elizabeth Hustler (co-heir to brother James)
1.7 Evereld Hustler of Acklam Hall b.1698 d.1784

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 2011

Rigbye of Harrock Hall – Part 2

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 08:50
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The National Archives have this potted history:

“The Rigbye’s estate included a share in Wrightington Manor, and properties in Parbold and Wrightington, as well as other properties in Windle, Rainford and Euxton. There are other early deeds in this collection which relate to lands in Wigan, Eccleston, Heskin and elsewhere, but these properties were not part of the Harrock estate in 1775.
The Harrock estate descended in the male line of the Rigbye family until 1775. The head of the family always bore the name of Nicholas, until the last Nicholas died without heirs in 1754 and the estate passed to his brother Thomas, who also died without heirs in 1775. By his will (DDX 877 4/1(1)), Thomas Rigbye devised his estate to his sister Eleanor for life, and then to his nephew, the Rev. John Baldwin, rector of North Meols, who was the son of the Rev. Thomas Baldwin of Leyland by Thomas Rigbye’s sister Anne. John Baldwin succeeded in 1787, took the name and arms of Rigbye, and resided at Harrock Hall. At his death, in 1793, he left his Cheshire estates to his eldest son Thomas and the Harrock estate to his third son, the Rev. Rigbye Baldwin who then became the Rev. Rigbye Rigbye. In 1829, the latter was succeeded by his eldest son, Rigbye Baldwin Rigbye.
Between 1818 and 1838, a series of increasingly heavy mortgages was placed upon the estate. In about 1839, Thomas Morris, as mortgagee, under a power of sale, sold the Harrock estate to Richard Boulton of Green Bank within Henllam co. Denbeigh, Wales. About this time, an Abstract of Title of Rigbye Baldwin Rigbye to the estate, and also the Schedule of Deeds already mentioned, were drawn up, and the documents as a whole were presumably handed over to the purchaser. In 1894, according to the Victoria County History Vol.VI, the estate was owned by Arthur Ramsden Boulton, probably a descendent, possibly a son, of Richard Boulton. But at the time the Victoria County History was written, (1911), Mr. Gerard Dicconson was the owner of Harrock.”

When the Rev John Rigbye (formerly Baldwin) died it required a second Royal Licence for his son Rigbye Baldwin to take the Name and Arms of Rigbye to become Rigbye Rigbye (d.1827).

The details of the two RLs are noted in the Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms as:

Rigby late Baldwin, of co. Lanc., [1787] Vol. XVI, fol.297.

Rigby late Baldwin, of co. Lanc., [1796] Vol. XIX, fol.264.

The second RL was also signed by  Isaac Heard, Garter and George Harrison, Norroy.  It was dated 16th June 1896 and it recently sold on eBay for £310.

Royal Licence Armorial for Baldwin/Rigbye

23 January 2011

Ricarde to Seaver – Royal Licence 1881

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 20:38
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The various royal Licences offered for sale via eBay have been in the form of a Letters Patent signed by two or more Kings of Arms. The RL for Francis Ignatius Ricarde to take the Name and Arms of Seaver is quite different. It is presented in a blue Morocco folder.

Royal Licence Cover

The contents include;

The Royal Warrant signed by Queen Victoria and Henry Murray-Lane, Chester Herald.

Queen Victoria's signature

Victoria, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defend of the Faith; To our right truly and right entirely beloved Cousin Henry, Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshall and Our Hereditary Marshal of England, Greetings.
Whereas Francis Ignatius Ricarde-Seaver otherwise Francis Ignatius Ricarde of Rue Lafitte in the City of Paris, in the Republic of France, Esquire, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Vice Consul at…

Francis Ignatius Ricarde-Seaver, Esq., Licence that he may continue to bear the Surname of Seaver in addition to and after that of Ricarde and that he may also bear the Arms of Seaver.

A document signed by both the Consul Generals of France and Portugal.

Consul Generals

The edition of the London Gazette containing the announcement of the Royal Licence.

London Gazette Announcement

The Arms of Seaver and those of his wife, Her Serene Highness the Princess Dona Maria Louisa Christina de Looz et Corswarem.

Arms of Seaver

Arms of de Looz et Corswarem

From the photographs available it is not possible to see the blazon.  However, some details are included within Fox-Davies’ 1929 edition of Armorial Families.

Arms: Azure a chevron embattled between two wreaths of oak in chief Or and a pickaxe and sword in base proper surmounted by a tower Or.
Mantling: Azure and Or.
Crest: Upon a wreath of the colours in front of a pickaxe erect a Moor’s head affrontee couped at the shoulders proper the turban Argent pierced through the head by a sword fessewise point to dexter also proper.
Motto: Malo mori quam foedari.

It seems that the Princess was Mr Ricarde-Seaver’s second wife and that she had died in 1880.  His only son, by his first marriage, was Marmaduke Francis Julian Ricarde-Seaver died in 1928.

Bidding started at £29.99 and sold for £467.99.

Photographs courtesy of the vendor ash254

22 January 2011

Gillibrand to Fazakerley – Royal Licence 1814

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 15:50
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In November 2010 the Royal Licence for Henry Harwarden Gillibrand to take the Name and Arms of Fazakerley was sold on eBay.  The licence is dated 4th August 1814 and was signed by Isaac Heard, Garter and Ralph Bigland, Norroy Kings of Arms.

Part of the document reads:



..had been pleased to give and grant unto Henry Harwarden Gillibrand an infant second son of Thomas Gillibrand of Gillibrand Hall in the county Palatine of Lancaster Esquire on the petition in his behalf of Gilbert Ford clerk and John Clarke Esquire acting trustees and executors of the last will and testament of Samuel Harwarden Fazakerley late Fazakerley and afterwards Liverpool both in the said county Palatine Esquire deceased His Majesty’s Royal Licence and Authority that the said Henry Harwarden Gillibrand may assume and take and from henceforth use the surname of Fazakerley only instead of his own family name of Gillibrand and also bear the Arms of Fazakerley quarterly with those of Gillibrand Fazakerley in the first quarter in compliance with the injunction contained in the said will such Arms being first duly exemplified according to the Laws of Arms and recorded in the Heralds Office otherwise His Majesty’s said Licence and Permission to be void and of none effect.

And forasmuch as the said Earl Marshall did by Warrant under his hand and seal bearing date the seventeenth day of the same month authorize and require us to exemplify such Arms of Fazakerley and Gillibrand accordingly.

The blazon is given as:



Quarterly first and fourth Fazakerley viz Emine three bars Vert and for distinction a canton Gules second and third Gillibrand viz Argent two swords in saltire points upwards Sable pomels and hilts Or.

Interestingly there is no record of the Crest in the document nor in the emblazon.

The document sold for £210.


19 January 2011

John Rigbye – Royal Licence 1787

Filed under: Heraldry — Stephen J F Plowman @ 11:10
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Another heraldic treat on eBay.  The Letters Patent for the Rev John Baldwin of Harrock Hall granting authority for him to “assume and take the surname and bear the Arms of Rigbye only” in compliance with the Will of Thomas Rigbye late of Harrock Hall.  It is dated 15th September 1787 and signed by Isaac Heard, Garter and George Harrison, Norroy.

Arms: Argent on a cross flory Azure five mullets Or.

Crest: On a wreath a goat’s head erased Sable armed gold.

Photographs courtesy of the vendor, Lee Burgess (diggerlee).

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