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July 2007 Newsletter (No. 13)

Arms, Crest and Badge of Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Arms, Crest and Badge of Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine

Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine: Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/1/2007. The Patent was presented to the Faculty by Norroy and Ulster King of Arms on 20 April 2007.

The Arms are blazoned Gules a Pall reversed Ermine between three Swords points upwards Argent hilts pommels quillons and each entwined by a Serpent Or. The Crest is On a Wreath Argent and Gules Issuing from a Circlet of alternate Fleurs de lys and Pomegranates a Serpent torqued erect Or holding in the mouth a Pair of Scales Or the dishes Argent. The Badge (not shown) is A Wheel Or surmounted by three Swords in pall reversed points outwards Argent hilts pommels quillons and each entwined by a Serpent Or.

College reference: Grants 172/139.

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the College of Arms Newsletter.

News

Armorial of HaitiThe Armorial of Haiti: this magnificent work was published by the College of Arms on 2 May at a price of £45 (ISBN 978-09506980-2-1). The launch at the College of Arms provided an opportunity for many of those most involved in the project and some generous donors to see the original manuscript. It was addressed by the Earl Marshal and by Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant. The publication of the book was also marked in the United States with an event on 30 May organized by the College of Arms Foundation and held at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, where Rouge Dragon spoke alongside Professor David Geggus of the University of Florida, one of the book's patrons. For information on purchasing copies please visit The Armorial of Haiti page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BATTING, John Paul, of Wargrave, Berkshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 8/1/2007. College reference: Grants 172/104.

CASEMAN-JONES, Michael Charles Alexander, of Towcester, Northamptonshire, TD. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 7/12/2006. College reference: Grants 172/110.

CHURCHER, Bryan David, of St Just-in-Roseland, Cornwall. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 6/6/2006. College reference: Grants 172/53.

DONNE, Sir John Christopher, of Acton Burnell, Shropshire, Knight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 4/9/2006. College reference: Grants 172/1.

HARRISON, Clive Fiske, of Layer de la Haye, Essex. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 3/10/2006. College reference: Grants 172/24.

HAYDEN, Rolfe Gerrard, of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/10/2006. College reference: Grants 172/65.

JONES, Edward Hylton, of Jolly Harbour, State of Antigua and Barbuda, and of Maidenhead, Berkshire. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 26/2/2007. College reference: Grants 172/164.

LEWIS, Sir John Anthony, of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, Knight, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 16/8/2006. College reference: Grants 172/46.

NORRIS, Paul Julian, of Chipstead, Surrey, JP. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 9/2/2006. College reference: 172/51.

PATTEN, Sir Nicholas John, of Tendring, Essex, Knight. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/10/2006. College reference: Grants 172/145.

PIKE, Thomas Frederick, of City of New York USA. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1 November 2006. College reference: Grants 172/57.

ROBINSON, John Floyd, of Ridgehaven, State of South Australia; previously granted Arms and Crest by Letters Patent dated 2 April 1980. Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 4/12/2006. College reference: Standards 5/104.

SHEIKH, Mohamed Iliaf (Sheikh), Baron, of the City of London. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 30/10/2006. College reference: Grants 172/48.

SLATER, David Homfray, of Kings Caple, Herefordshire, CB. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/11/2006. College reference: Grants 172/85.

SMITH, Louis William Tudor, of Calbourne, Isle of Wight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/1/2007. College reference: Grants 172/128.

TAYLOR OF HOLBEACH, John Derek (Taylor), Baron, of South Holland, Lincolnshire. Arms, Crest, badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 28/9/2006. College reference: Grants 172/17.

ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH NEUROLOGISTSASSOCIATION OF BRITISH NEUROLOGISTS: Illustrated left are the Arms, Crest and Supporters granted by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms by Letters Patent dated 18 January 2007. The patent was presented to the Association by Richmond Herald at its 75th Anniversary Conference in Cambridge on 12 April 2007.

The Arms are blazoned Per pale Gules and Azure three Chevronels Argent over all a Pile throughout Or on a Chief per pale Azure and Gules three Chess Rooks Or. The Crest is Out of a Crown rayonny Or a demi Unicorn Argent armed maned tufted and unguled Or. The Badge (not shown) is Within an Annulet irradiated a Chess Rook Or. The Supporters are blazoned On the dexter a Hippocampus Azure and on the sinister a Hippocampus Gules each holding with the tail a Rod of Aesculapius Or the serpent Vert.

College reference: Grants 172/119.

Appearances

So You Think You're Royal?: The College of Arms featured in an episode (broadcast 28 May 2007) of this television series on the channel Sky One, which seeks to trace possible Royal or noble ancestors of present-day families. College records were central to proving the Warner family's descent from Edward III.

The Order of the Garter: the annual service of the Order took place on 18th June 2007 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. The Officers of Arms were in attendance; the Secretary of the Order is Patric Dickinson, Richmond Herald, who is responsible for organising the ceremonial aspects of the service.

Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society: Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter King of Arms, presented Letters Patent granting Arms to this society at a 50th anniversary dinner held at Clare College, Cambridge on 9 June 2007.

Exhibitions and Receptions

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: This important historical and genealogical event took place at Olympia in London on 5-7 May this year. Approximately fifteen thousand people attended the show. The College of Arms stand was at the centre of the area devoted to repositories and official bodies, and was manned by Officers and artists. A great many members of the public and staff from other bodies had the opportunity to learn about the work and activities of the College, and to see some of our highly skilled heraldic artists at work. During the show, Peter O'Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant, appeared in a live Who Do You Think You Are? event tracing the ancestors of Peter and Dan Snow, the television presenters.

Earl Marshal's Court: His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, hosted a reception at the College of Arms on 16 May to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment and redecoration of the Earl Marshal's Court. Many of the generous benefactors towards the cost of the work were present at this event, at which the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of the City of London were principal guests.

Irish Peers Association: Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter King of Arms, hosted a reception at the College of Arms on 22 May for this body, which represents members of the Peerage of Ireland. Irish Peers, who have not sat in the United Kingdom House of Lords since 1961, are entitled to be enrolled on the Roll of the Peerage, which was created by Royal Warrant dated 1 June 2004.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

BEVAN of St John's Wood, City of Westminster: a pedigree showing a descent from Peter James Stuart Bevan (born 1901). The connection to FANSHAWE is shown, as is that to JEFFS. Three generations of the Jeffs family are included, headed by Julian Jeffs of East Ilsley, Berkshire. College reference: Surrey 31/271.

HORSEY and DE HORSEY: a pedigree is headed by Samuel Horsey of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, sometime Bath King of Arms, who died in 1771. It descends via his daughter, only child and heir Caroline, who married as her second husband Samuel Kilderbee; and thence to the present day family of de Horsey of Cambridgeshire. Cross-referenced to 10D14/48 and to I.49/53 and 65. College reference: Norfolk 51/86.

LEONARD: a pedigree of four generations, showing a descent from Jeremiah Leonard of Castle Cary, Somerset, who married in 1936 Rosaleen Oonagh daughter of Michael David Mellett. College reference: Surrey 31/272.

SYKES: four generations are recorded, headed by William Henry Sykes of Albion Street, Hyde Park, Middlesex, who married Elizabeth née Hay in 1824. Descends to the son (born 1914) of William Ernest Sykes of Forest Row, Sussex. College reference: Surrey 31/258.

Alphabets and Ordinaries

opening from Flower’s OrdinaryAmongst the many heraldic manuscripts in the archives of the College of Arms are a number of heraldic compilations, collections of coats of Arms arranged in particular ways to serve different purposes. One type of manuscript is the alphabet, where descriptions of the Arms in blazon, or illustrations of the Arms, are arranged alphabetically by surname. Such manuscripts enabled heralds, painters and others swiftly to know something about the Arms of a particular person or family. Another category is the ordinary: here the coats of Arms are arranged by the devices shown upon them. These manuscripts, which have been created by Heralds since medieval times, enable Arms to be easily identified; they also assisted the heralds in designing new and original Arms.

Illustrated above is an opening from Flower's Ordinary [College reference: 2G9 ff. 58v, 59], a manuscript of c. 1520 once in the possession of William Flower (born c. 1498, died 1588), Norroy King of Arms. The distinctive Arms of Mortimer, Earls of March are in the top row of the left-hand page. The variations of tincture and additions of charges shown here illustrate medieval methods of differencing to indicate cadency or affinity.

Elsewhere in the Records

Mill Hill School Foundation: Arms were granted to the Trustees and Governing Body of Mill Hill School by Letters Patent dated 25 September 1935. Following a petition by Sir Robert Balchin, Knight, DL, Her Majesty was pleased to grant a Royal Warrant dated 22 November 2006 permitting these Arms to be used by Mill Hill School Foundation [College reference: I.85/199]. The Arms were therefore exemplified to the Foundation by a certificate of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 12 January 2007 [College reference: Grants 172/118]. A grant of a Crest and Badge was made to the Foundation by all three Kings of Arms in Letters Patent dated 26 January 2007. College reference: Grants 172/122.

Registrar of the College of Arms: William Hunt, Windsor Herald, has been appointed to serve in this capacity from 1 July 2007 by a Warrant of the Earl Marshal, in the place of Timothy Duke, Chester Herald. The Registrar is responsible amongst other duties for overseeing the creation of official records.

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