Heraldic Badges in England and Wales: this very significant contribution to heraldic scholarship by Michael Powell Siddons, Wales Herald Extraordinary, has been published for the Society of Antiquaries by the Boydell Press. This monumental work in four volumes fills a serious gap in the literature of heraldry, providing a comprehensive overview of the subject from the fourteenth to the early seventeenth century. It may be ordered from the publisher here.

Illustrated right is a page from the College of Arms manuscript A17, bearing a painting of two standards and Arms and dating from circa 1513. Each standard features the cross of St George, with on the fly, a beast between a scattering of smaller badges. The upper standard is that of George (Nevill), Baron Bergavenny, and bears the pied bull of the Nevills between interlaced double staples. The lower standard is that of Walter (Devereux), Baron Ferrers of Chartley, later Viscount Hereford, and bears a talbot between the badges of a 'french wife's hood' and the Ferrers badge of a horseshoe. The motto is LOIALLE SUYS (I am loyal).

Welcome to the twenty-second edition of the College of Arms Newsletter

Oriel College Boat Club

A grant of a Badge was made to The Provost and Scholars of the House of the Blessed Mary the Virgin in Oxford commonly called Oriel College of the Foundation of Edward the Second of famous memory sometime King of England, for the use of Oriel College Boat Club, the Tortoise Club and the Oriel Society, by Letters Patent dated 20 April 2009 of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms. A standard was exemplified, as illustrated left. College reference: Standards 5/125.

The Badge is blazoned A Tortoise displayed the shell circular Azure charged with two concentric annulets Argent.

The Patent was presented to the Provost at Oriel on 30 May by Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant.
The grant was made possible by the gen-erosity of Michael Goolden, an Orielensis and formerly member of the college's first eight.

Welcome to the twenty-first edition of the College of Arms Newsletter.

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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