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College of Arms January 2020 Newsletter (no. 61)

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The College of Arms in winter: this image of the main entrance of the College was taken by photographer and illustrator Humphrey Joel, probably during the notably cold winter of 1928-1929. The cars in the courtyard no doubt belonged to Officers of Arms; both bear London registration numbers.

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Joel also created some striking images of the interiors of the College which are preserved in the archives. This image shows the Waiting Room, where enquirers are received. This interior remains much the same today. The Arms of Sir Henry Farnham Burke, Garter King of Arms, can be seen above the doorway into the Record Room, with those of Sir Gerald Wollaston, Norroy and Ulster, and Sir Arthur Cochrane, Clarenceux, to either side.

Recent Grants of Arms

A very small selection of those recently receiving grants or exemplifications from the English Kings of Arms:

Ashley Steven J compressedA grant of Arms and Crest (illustrated left) was made to Steven James ASHLEY of Norwich, Norfolk, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 30 October 2019. College reference: Grants 182/191. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Sable semy of Roundels Argent in the dexter an Auroch’s Horn and in the sinister a Stag’s Attire both erect Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Sable On a Tumulus Or a Crow wings elevated and addorsed Sable langued Gules armed and charged on the flank with a Cross potent Or and holding in the dexter foot a Saxon Crown fesswise Argent. Mantling: Sable lined Or.

BEAN, Sir David Michael of the London Borough of Southwark, knight, PC. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 25/3/2019. College reference: Grants 182/106.

BOOTH, Edwin John, of Osbaldeston, Lancashire, CBE, DL. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 6/11//2019. College reference: Grants 182/209.

CASEY, Jérôme Wilfrid, of Paris, Republic of France. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 7/10/2019. College reference: Grants 182/189.

COX, Kathryn Spotswood Lines, of Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Honorary Arms and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 16/8/2018. College reference: Grants 182/83.

DEWEY, Peter Richard, of St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 11/10/2019. College reference: Grants 182/175.

FARRALL, Alexander James, of Tidenham, Gloucestershire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 17/9/2019. College reference: Grants 182/168.

GRABINER, Anthony Stephen (Grabiner), Baron, of the City of Westminster. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 3/12/2019. College reference: Grants 182/211.

HARTPURY UNIVERSITY. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 25/11/2019. College reference: Grants 182/226.

KING, James Firmstone, of Hambledon, Hampshire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/10/2019. College reference: Grants 182/182.

MEYER, Catherine Irene Jacqueline (Meyer), Baroness, of the London Borough of Wandsworth, CBE. Arms and Supporters. In the same Patent Arms and Crest for her sons Alexander Johannes VOLKMANN and Constantin Dimitri VOLKMANN both of the London Borough of Hammersmith. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 9/12/2019. College reference: Grants 182/197.

Ohri S K Arms and CrestA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Sunil Kumar OHRI of Romsey Extra, Hampshire, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 10 October 2019. College reference: Grants 182/217. The blazon is as follows:

Arms (illustrated right): Or five Endorses Azure that in the centre entwined by a Serpent the head in Chief Gules between six Roundels in fess also Gules.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A demi Stag proper gorged with a Chain Or pendant therefrom a Heart Gules and supporting between the forelegs a Roundel Or. Mantling: Gules doubled Or.

Badge (not illustrated): Within a Wreath of Oak Or a demi Stag couped proper gorged with a Chain Or pendant therefrom a Heart Gules.

OVERTON, Stephen John, of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, son of John Frederick Alister Overton late of Hillesden, Buckinghamshire, deceased. Arms, Crest and Badge. Limitations extended to permit the Arms to be placed on a monument or otherwise displayed to the memory of the petitioner’s late father; and to be borne by the other descendants of his father. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 4/11/2019. College reference: Grants 182/193.

Terry P D J AC compressedA grant of Arms and Crest was made to Peter David John TERRY of Hurtpierpoint, West Sussex, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 12 November 2019. College reference: Grants 182/200. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Ermine on a Pile reversed throughout winged in chief Or a Lion’s Face in base Sable all between two Piles reversed Or each charged with a Lozenge Sable.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules A demi Chinese Dragon Or holding between the feet a Chinese Junk Gules sails set Argent the hull charged with a Roundel Or. Mantling: Gules doubled Argent.

Lectures

Three recent discoveries at the College of Arms: David White, Somerset Herald, delivered the Eve Logan Lecture at Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society on 14 November, on this theme. More information about the Society can be seen here.

The Team GB Coat of Arms: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, delivered the Mark Elvins Memorial Lecture to the Heraldry Society on 15 January 2020 on this subject. He discussed the design process for this coat of arms, which appeared prominently on the clothing worn by United Kingdom contestants at the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio; reactions to the arms; and looked at the wider implications of using a coat of arms in this way.

Publications

Vassall Spencer Thomas coat of armsThe Display of Heraldry: this new beautifully illustrated volume has its origins in the 2014 interdisciplinary conference Emblems and Enigma: the Heraldic Imagination, organized by Fiona Robertson and Peter N. Lindfield. This addressed heraldry’s artistic and social manifestations in Europe from the medieval period on, analysing its role as an artistic form that speaks - through continually reinvented tradition, visual and verbal allusion - of identity, social and cultural membership, inclusion and differentiation, aspiration and historical irony. The volume is published by the Heraldry Society, and includes a chapter by Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms: ‘Symbolism in heraldry: mysterious or manifest?’; and a chapter by Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald: ‘The heralds’ swastika’. The volume can be ordered from the Heraldry Society.

Illustrated left are the Arms and crest granted to Catherina Vassall, widow and relict of Lieutenant-Colonel Spencer Thomas Vassall of the 38th Regiment of Foot, by Letters Patent dated 21 July 1809, to be placed on a monument to the memory of her late husband, and borne by her and by his descendants. This illustrates the chapter by Patric Dickinson. College reference: Grants 25/228. The blazon reads:

Arms: Azure on a Fess Or one of the Bastions of a Fortress with a Breach therein proper and above the same the words "MONTE VIDEO"; from the Fess issuant in chief the Sun in Splendour; a Cup of the second in base, on a Canton Argent the number "38" within a Branch of Cypress and another of Laurel the stems united in saltire also proper.

Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours Upon a Mount Vert a Bastion as in the Arms thereon hoisted a Flag Gules with the inscription "MONTE VIDEO" in Letters of Gold.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

BROOKSBANK: a pedigree of four generations is headed by Edward York Brooksbank of Whitby, Yorkshire, who married in 1912 Hazel Lynall daughter of Henry Brockholes Thomas of Scaftworth, Nottinghamshire. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 31/34 and Surrey 16/35. College reference: Surrey 32/309.

GATACRE: a pedigree has been registered which shows the descendants of Reginald Melmoth Gordon Gatacre (formerly Gataker) of Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, who married in 1940 Winifred daughter of William Thomas Keeley Stokes. Connected to WHITING, MARSHALL and BLISS. College reference: Surrey 32/310.

HAYNES: a pedigree of three generations is headed by Peter Hayes of Hereford, Herefordshire, who was married in 1952 to Ruth daughter of Charles Edward Stainthorpe of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, and descends to the present day. College reference: Surrey 32/317.

PLOYSONGSANG: an entry has been made which records four generations of this family, descending from Kuang Ploysongsang also known as Zhu Yaokuang, of Bangkok, Thailand (born 1911). Also recorded is a descent from Waat Srisubut of Chumphon, Thailand (born 1902). Connected with AOURAGH. College reference: Surrey 32/311.


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