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December 2008 Newsletter (No. 19)

John Blundell, of the City of Westminster: a grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux dated 30 May 2008. College reference: Grants 173/201.

The Arms (illustrated right) are blazoned: Sable three Bendlets and three Bendlets sinister conjoined Or on a Chief also Or three Stag's heads caboshed Sable.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Sable A Glove erect Sable holding in the fingers a Pin point upwards Or.

Badge (illustrated below): A Bell Sable suspended from a Yoke Or.

Welcome to the nineteenth edition of the College of Arms Newsletter

News

Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: Part 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 established a new Supreme Court as the final court of appeal in the United Kingdom. From October 2009 it will assume the judicial functions of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, and some of those of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. The Badge of this new Court (illustrated left) has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen and placed on record at the College of Arms: College reference: Standards 5/118.

Badge of Supreme Court of the United KingdomThe design, which was produced in Scotland, makes floral reference to the countries of the United Kingdom covered by the Supreme Court: a leek for Wales, flax for Northern Ireland, a thistle for Scotland, and a Tudor rose for England.

Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, appeared on BBC Radio Wales on 19 November 2008 to discuss the design with callers to the Richard Evans Show.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BHAVNANI, Manju, of Lostock, co. Greater Manchester, OBE. Arms and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms.20/6/2008. College reference: Grants 173/211.

BILIMORIA, Karan Faridoon (Bilimoria), Baron, of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, CBE, DL. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 27/6/2008. College reference: Grants 173/213.

DAVIES, Roderick David, of the parish of Shawbury, co. Shropshire; with limitations extended to include the other descendants of his late father David Charles Davies deceased. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 8/4/2008. College reference: Grants 173/159.

DRAINEY, Terence Patrick, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough. Arms. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/6/2008. College reference: Grants 173/220.

GERRISH, John Edward, of Keswick, co. Cumbria. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 3/4/2008. College reference: Grants 173/181.

HYATT-KHAN, Zulfikar, of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 28/7/2008. College reference: Grants 173/243.

NICE, Sir Geoffrey, of Adisham, co. Kent, Knight. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 18/4/2008. College reference: Grants 173/167.

NICHOLSON OF WINTERBOURNE, Emma Harriet (Nicholson), Baroness, of Winterbourne, in the Royal County of Berkshire. Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 5/5/2008. College reference: Grants 173/203.

STONE, Shane Leslie, of Larrackeyah, Northern Territory, Australia, AC.; with limitations extended to include the other descendants of his late father Leslie Edwin Stone of the City of Wodonga in the State of Victoria, deceased. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 26 January 2008. College reference: Grants 173/185.

THORNELY, David Heath, of Dunnerdale, co. Cumbria. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/4/2008. College reference: Grants 173/161.

TOWNLEY, Paul Francis Adrian, of Wycliff, co. Durham. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 17/6/2008. College reference: Grants 173/208.

TWYFORD SCHOOL. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 14 May 2008. College reference: Grants 173/187.

Appearances

bifolium from a Gospel bookCollege of Arms Arundel Manuscript 22: this volume was once part of the important collection put together by Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel (died 1646). In 1678, his grandson, Henry, Duke of Norfolk, divided what remained of the collection between the Royal Society and the College of Arms.

The volume includes a bifolium from a Gospel book dating from the last quarter of the tenth century, illustrated left. The illumination includes motifs dervied from the Franco-Saxon style, whilst the text is a particularly fine example of an English Caroligian hand. It has been ascribed to the monk Godeman.

The volume is currently part of a major exhibition about Celtic and Scandinavian medieval art, called Aux marges de l’Europe. L’art des pays celtes et scandinaves au temps de la christianisation (VIIe-XIe siècle). It may be visited until 12 January 2009 at the Musee du Moyen Age - The Baths and Hôtel de Cluny, Paris.

On Tour in Australia: Between 20 October and 8 November, David White, Somerset Herald, lectured on ‘Early Australian Grantees of Arms’ to meetings organized by the Australian Heraldry Society at Newcastle, Armidale, Brisbane, Melbourne, Bathurst, Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Bendigo, Launceston, Hobart, Adelaide, and Sydney.  He also lectured on ‘Foreign Influences on English Heraldry’ at Melbourne and Sydney.

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal: as Centenary Master of the Guild of Freemen, The Princess Royal visited the College of Arms on 6 November 2008, where she examined some of the College’s records, after meeting some of the artists and staff of the College.

University of Plymouth: the Letters Patent granting Arms to this university were presented by Eric Dancer, CBE, JP, Lord Lieutenant of Devon, in a ceremony at the university on 27 November 2008, in the presence of Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, York Herald. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Plymouth, Judge William Taylor, the Recorder of Plymouth, and Baroness Judith Wilcox were also present.

State Opening of Parliament: Her Majesty the Queen proceeded to Parliament on 3 December 2008 to open the new session. The Officers of Arms were in attendance.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: this significant historical and genealogical exhibition will take place at Olympia, London between 27 February and 1 March 2009. The College of Arms will be represented at stand no. 606 in the centre of the exhibition hall. For information about the event, and to buy tickets, visit the website.

Publications

A Beginners Guide to Heraldry: an article with this title by Peter O’Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant appeared in the November issue of Practical Family History. The article provides a brief illustrated introduction to heraldry, its history and its vocabulary.

Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Processions: an article examining the relationship between the officers of the College of Arms and the celebrations to mark Queen Victoria’s two jubilees, by Duncan Green, appears in the Autumn 2008 edition of The Coat of Arms, journal of the Heraldry Society.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

DAVENPORT: a pedigree of nine generations, headed by Thomas Davenport of Chorley, Cheshire (who died in or before 1557). He married Ann(e), only daughter and heir of Robert Handford otherwise Honford or Chorley. The entry descends to the children of Henry Davenport of the City of London and later of Hallon, Shropshire (died 1731). Cross-referenced to Norfolk 50/230; C35/90; C38/36; MjD14/167; Norfolk 50/153-6. College reference: Norfolk 51/123.

LING: an entry of four generations setting out a descent to the present day from David Erskine Ling of the parish of Hatherleigh, Devon (born 1908), and from Mary Ellie Helen Irene Howard his wife, daughter of Kendall Colin Browning of Ingleigh Green, Devon. College reference: Surrey 31/327.

SHERIDAN: an entry showing six generations of this family, in the form of a descent from Algernon Thomas Brinsley Sheridan of Frampton Court, Dorset (died 1931), and from Mary Lothrop his wife. She was the daughter of John Lothrop Motley, sometime Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Kingdom. College reference: Surrey 31/323.

Elsewhere in the Records

Guy's Hospital: Thomas Guy of the City of London left a will dated 4 September 1724, in which he gave the residue of his estate in trust to maintain a hospital he had founded in the parish of St Thomas, Southwark, Surrey. This hospital was granted Arms, Crest and Supporters by the Kings of Arms on 24 May 1725. Following a petition, Her Majesty was pleased to issue Her Royal Licence dated 19 March 2008, transferring these Armorial Bearings to Guy's and Saint Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, for the use of Guy's Hospital. College reference: I.85/222. A certificate of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms was therefore issued dated 7 July 2008, exemplifying the Arms, Crest and Supporters to the NHS Foundation Trust. College reference: Grants 173/224.

Badge of the Welsh AssemblySaint Thomas's Hospital: Arms, Crest and Supporters were granted to this hospital by Letters Patent of the three Kings of Arms dated 14 February 1950. Her Majesty issued Her Royal Licence transferring them to Guy's and Saint Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, for the use of Saint Thomas's Hospital, on 19 March 2008. College reference: I.85/225. A certificate exemplifying the Arms to the new body for the use of Saint Thomas's Hospital, was issued by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, dated 7 July 2008. College reference: Grants 173/225.

Welsh Assembly: the Badge of the Welsh Assembly (illustrated right) has been approved by Her Majesty and placed on official record with the reference Standards 5/119.

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