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December 2007 Newsletter (No. 15)

Conyngham–Heard–Phillipps Pedigrees: the White Lion Society has most generously given to the College of Arms three substantial manuscript volumes dating from the early seventeenth century, which contain over 3,000 pedigrees, together with an alphabet of Arms. They include annotations and augmentations by Sir Isaac Heard, Garter King of Arms, who acquired them in 1781, and by Sir Thomas Phillipps, who owned them by about 1824.

Above, Conyngham-Heard-Phillipps Ms vol 1, pp. 284-5: pedigree of Brandon, in three hands or more.

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

News

Visitation of Nottingham: The College of Arms has acquired an important manuscript of the Visitation of Nottinghamshire undertaken by 1614 by Richard St George, Norroy King of Arms, and his son Henry St George, Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms. The volume seems to include around forty pedigrees that do not appear in the designated record copy (College of Arms record Ms C9); many of these pedigrees and many others carry the original signatures of the head of family. Work is being undertaken to establish the relationship between the new acquisition and existing manuscripts of the same Visitation.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BRAND FINANCE PLC. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1/4/2007. College reference: Grants 172/268. (For sight of this coat of arms in use, visit www.brandfinance.com.)

BRIMS, Robin Vaughan, of Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, CB, CBE, DSO, son of late David Vaughan Brims, deceased. Arms, Crest and Badge, with limitations extended to include other descendants of late father. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 6/6/2007. College reference: Grants 172/254.

CHESHIRE, Stephen Dudley, of Clwyd. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 12/6/2007. College reference: Grants 172/263.

Devon and Cornwall fire service armsDEVON AND CORNWALL FIRE SERVICE: A grant of Arms, Crest and Supporters was made by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms to this new body, which combine the fire authorities of the two counties and of Plymouth and Torbay. 2/4/2007. College reference: Grants 172/348.

The arms (illustrated right) are blazoned: Argent a Mace Azure held on the dexter by a Dragon rampant Gules and on the sinister by a Lion rampant also Gules ducally crowned Or. The Crest is On a Wreath Argent Gules and Azure A Lymphad Gules sail Argent pennant Or on the prow and stern a Fountain playing outwards Azure. The Supporters are Upon a Compartment Vert on the dexter a Bull armed and gorged with a Saxon Crown Or the dexter forehoof resting on a Fireman’s Axe head downwards Argent shaft Azure and on the sinister a Sealion finned and gorged with a Naval Crown Or the sinister foot resting on a Fireman’s Axe head downwards Argent shaft Gules.

DEWHIRST, Ian Roberts, of Brancepath, Durham. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 21/10/2006. College reference: Grants 172/192.

DUNN, Jack, of Pedmore, Worcestershire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 25/5/2007. College reference: Grants 172/252.

FROST, Hugh Stephen, of the County of Merseyside. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1/3/2007. College reference: Grants 172/216.

HAINES, Steven William, Professor of the Law of Military Operations in the University of London. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/8/2007. College reference: Grants 172/304. See the website for an image and blazon of this coat of arms.

HALL, John Robert, Clerk in Holy Orders. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 2/5/2007. College reference: Grants 172/214.

HARDING, Sir Peter Robin, of Marnhull, Dorset, GCB. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 11/5/2007. College reference: Grants 172/227.

HAYWOOD, Nigel Robert, CVO. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 18/2/2007. College reference: Grants 172/235.

HEATHFIELD ST MARY’S SCHOOL. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 9/5/2007. College reference: 172/220.

INCE, Joseph Cecil, of Langport, Somerset, and Penelope Anne his wife daughter of Noel Arthur Vaughan

LISTER. Arms and Crest for the husband, and Arms for the wife. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 15/5/2007. College reference: Grants 172/241.

JAY OF EWELME, Michael Hastings (Jay), Baron, of Ewelme, co. Oxford. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 25/6/2007. College reference: Grants 172/265.

JEFFCOCK, Robert Parkyn, of Monte Carlo, Principality of Monaco. Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 12/2/2007. College reference: Standards 5/108.

OGLESBY, Michael John, of Bowdon, Cheshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 18/5/2007. College reference: Grants 172/243.

SANKEY, John Anthony, CMG. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/8/2007. College reference: Grants 172/302. See the website for an image and blazon of this coat of arms.

WILLENBRUCH, Anthony George, of Surbiton, in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 25/4/2007. College reference: Grants 172/208.

WOOLF, Harry Kenneth (Woolf), Baron, of Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 30/5/2007. College reference: Grants 172/247.
 

Appearances

pedigree roll of the Howard familyWho Do You Think You Are?: an episode of this genealogical television series featured the ancestry of Sir Matthew Pinsent, Olympic gold-medallist oarsman. It culminated in a visit to the College of Arms, where Peter O’Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant, showed him some of the College’s manuscripts relating to his ancestry.

These included an early seventeenth-century pedigree roll of the Howard family (illustrated left), and a fifteenth-century royal pedigree roll that depicted an ancestry reaching back to God.

Royal Collection Studies Summer School: on 4 September 2007 Patric Dickinson, Richmond Herald, lectured on ‘The Order of the Garter’ at Windsor Castle to this course for museum curators, art historians and other scholars; it was organised by the Attingham Trust, a charity devoted to the study of country houses and royal palaces.

Anthony Powell Society: Patric Dickinson also gave a talk on 27 October entitled ‘Anthony Powell and the Heralds’, at the Annual General Meeting of this society of which he is a former Chairman.

University of Cumbria: Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, York Herald, presented the Letters Patent of Armorial Bearings to this university on its Inaugural Day, 24 November 2007, in Carlisle Cathedral.  The Patent was presented to the Lord Lieutenant, who then presented it to the new Chancellor, the Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.

BBC Radio 4: David White, Somerset Herald, appeared on the radio programme The Trumpet Shall Soundabout black classical musicians on 4 December 2007, to speak about the black trumpeter John Blanke, who appears on the College’s manuscript the ‘Westminster Tournament Roll’ of 1511. Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, appeared on the Today programme on 9 November 2007, talking about the idea (proposed by the Ministry of Justice) for a UK ‘national motto’.

BBC Radio 3: Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon, was a guest on the Radio 3 programme The Verb, broadcast on the evening of Friday 14 December 2007, talking about the language and languages of mottoes, heraldic and otherwise.

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society: David White, Somerset Herald, will address this – the oldest provincial learned and antiquarian society – on 25 January on the subject of ‘Heraldry in Today’s Society’.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

BRAIN: a pedigree of three generations shows the children and grandchildren of Christopher Michael Brain of Peterston-super-Ely, Vale of Glamorgan (born 1939). Connected with the families of MORGAN and MACGINNIS. College reference: Surrey 31/285.

GOOCH: a pedigree of six generations has been placed on record, which is headed by Sir Daniel Gooch (died 1889) and by Margaret his wife, daughter of Henry Tanner of Bishopwearmouth, co. Durham. It descends to the present day via George Daniel Gooch of Rodborough, co. Gloucester, later of Kingswood, co. Surrey. Cross-referenced to Baronets’ Pedigrees 6/245, Baronets’ Pedigrees 14/287, and Surrey 7/36. College reference: Surrey 31/281.

GRIFFITHS: a five-generation pedigree shows a descent from Henry Griffiths of Upper Llanvrechva, Monmouthshire (died 1915) to the present day. College reference: Norfolk 51/99.

JEJEEBHOYa succession pedigree of three generations headed by Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, baronet, formerly known as Maneckjee Rustomjee (born 1913), father of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, baronet. Cross-referenced to Baronets’ Pedigrees 14/137. College reference: Baronets’ Pedigrees 14/345.

RHYS JONESa pedigree of nine generations is headed by Hugh Jones of Nantmel, co. Radnor and of Llanavan, co. Brecon, who married in 1729, Jane Lloyd of Nantmel. The pedigree descends via Theophilus Rhys Jones of Sidcup, co. Kent (died 1901) to the present day. Cross-referenced to: Descendants of Queen Victoria 48, 50. College reference: Norfolk 51/96.

ST PAUL: a pedigree shows the children of Sir Horace David Cholwell St Paul, baronet, by Ann Isaacson. Cross-referenced to Surrey 2/201, Baronets’ Pedigrees 3/266, Norfolk 50/55, Arundel 3/56. College reference: Surrey 31/269.
 

Elsewhere in the Records

Flag of the Falkland IslandsFlag of the Falkland Islands: Illustrated left is the Blue Ensign of the Falkland Islands, which was recorded recently at the College of Arms following approval by her Majesty. The Red Ensign of the Falkland Islands was also approved and placed on record. College reference: Standards 5/112, 113.

Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge: a Royal Licence dated 20 July 2007 was granted to the President and Fellows of Hughes Hall in the University of Cambridge, to allow them to bear and use the Arms granted by Letters Patent of the Kings of Arms dated 15 February 1980 to Elizabeth Phillips Hughes Hall Company for Hughes Hall. This followed the grant of a royal Charter to Hughes Hall. College reference: I.85/210. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms accordingly issued their certificate exemplifying the Arms to Hughes Hall on 10 October 2007. College reference: Grants 172/347.

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