Morris pedigree 14D14.263Pedigree of Morris family: one important function of the College of Arms is to create and preserve pedigrees of families. Many of these are the result of genealogical research carried out by the heralds; and some are recorded to show the families of those receiving grants of coats of Arms. This example was registered in 1843. It shows the family of William Morris of Woodford Hall, Essex, who had been granted Arms by Letters Patent dated 15 April 1843, with the limitations extended to the other descendants of his late father, William Morris of the City of London. Included is his eldest son, also William Morris, who would become the famous artist, designer and author, a pioneer in the decorative arts. The Arms, which would later appear on tiles at the Red House, Bexley, are blazoned:

Arms: Azure a Horse's head erased Argent between three Horse Shoes Or.

Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours A Horse's head coupe Argent charged with three Horse Shoes in chevron Sable.

College references: 14D14/263 and Grants 46/298.

The Scottish Government has announced the appointment by Her Majesty The Queen of a new Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow, on the recommendation of the First Minister of Scotland, in succession to David Sellar, M.V.O. Dr Morrow will serve as head of the authority for heraldry and state ceremony within Scotland and as judge of Lyon Court.

Dr Morrow is an Advocate, and First-Tier tribunal Judge, who in 2009 was appointed as a Vice Lord Lieutenant for the City of Dundee. He is an Incumbent of the Chapel of Glamis Castle. As well as being a student of heraldry, Dr Morrow has a special interest in ecclesiastical history and 35 years' experience of the practical application of ceremonial within a variety of settings including State, Civil, Military and Ecclesiastical areas of Scottish life.

The part-time appointment, made under section 3 of the Lyon King of Arms (Scotland) Act 1867, is based at Edinburgh's New Register House.

East London University of - patent compressedUNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON: a grant of Arms, Crest and Supporters was made by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 25 April 2013. The full achievement of Arms is illustrated left. The blazon is:

Arms: Azure a Torch enflamed Or enfiling an Annulet embattled on the outer edge Argent between two Keys in pile the wards upwards and outwards Or on a Chief wavy Argent three Acorns proper.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure Upon a pile of three Closed Books fesswise those at the top and bottom with their spines to the dexter and that in the middle with its spine to the sinister Azure edged and garnished Or a Kylix issuant therefrom a Phoenix Or the flames proper.

Supporters: On either side A Phoenix Or the flames proper gorged with an Annulet embattled on the outer edge Azure.

College reference: Grants 177/76.

Special instructions have been received by her Majesty's Government, that Union Flags be half-masted from 8 a.m. on Sunday, 15th December, until 8 p.m., the same day, to mark the funeral of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed – unless the South African flag is normally flown. If the South African flag is flown, it should be flown at half-mast.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary.

Special instructions have been received to request that buildings of Her Majesty's Government fly the Union Flag at half-mast on 10 December 2013, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. This is to mark the memorial service of Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa.

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed – unless the South African flag is normally flown. If the South African flag is flown, it should be flown at half-mast.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary.

Learning with regret of the death of Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa on 5 December, special instructions have been received requesting that all Union Flags on buildings of her Majesty's Government be flown at half-mast from 8 a.m. this morning until 8 p.m. this evening, 6 December 2013.

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary.

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By decision of the College of Arms all proceeds arising from the sale of The Armorial of Haiti will be donated to the international effort for the relief of Haiti
after the calamitous earthquake of 12 January 2010.

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