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September 2008 Newsletter (No. 18)

St George's Chapel, Windsor: an exhibition of black and white photography by Eleanor Curtis opened at Windsor on 16 September 2008. The images provide a glimpse behind the scenes at this Royal chapel, and include Garter Day. They are taken from her book St George's Chapel, Windsor: a Portrait.

The exhibition will transfer to the College of Arms, where it opens on 17 October and runs until 31 October. Opening hours Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; admission free.

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

News

Dering Roll: this very early English roll of arms, dating from circa 1270-1280, has been acquired by the British Library following a successful fundraising campaign. The roll relates specifically to those owing feudal service to the Constable of Dover Castle, then Stephen of Penchester. It depicts 324 coats of arms, approximately a quarter of the entire English baronage during the reign of King Edward I, making it a vital record for the study of knighthood in medieval England. The Dering Roll was acquired with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (£100,000), The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity (£40,000), Friends of the British Library (£10,000), Friends of the National Libraries (£10,000) and numerous donations from individual supporters. The roll, which takes its name from a seventeenth-century owner Sir Edward Dering, was later owned by Victorian collector Sir Thomas Phillipps, and was subsequently in the possession of Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms. The College of Arms holds Elizabethan copies of the roll in its archives.

New coinage of the United Kingdom: approximately 4,000 designs for the new coinage were examined by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, which includes Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter King of Arms. Their preferred design was recommended to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Master of the Mint, and finally approved by Her Majesty The Queen. The new design is founded in heraldry: each coin bears part of the Royal Arms, and the set when brought together makeup the whole shield; the design is unified in the £1 coin. The new coinage is to be marked by an exhibition at the British Museum: 

Designing Change: the Coins of Elizabeth II, opening on 18 September 2008. Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, has contributed a chapter to the accompanying book, published by the Royal Mint.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

AMLOT, Roy Douglas, of the Temple, City of London. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 26/7/2007. College reference: Grants 173/110.

BATHURST, Sir David Benjamin, of Chilton Polden, Somerset, GCB. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 7/2/2008. College reference: Grants 173/121.

BURLEY, John Roland James, Rector of Loxwood, West Sussex. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/1/2008. College reference: Grants 173/108.

EVANS, Martin John Crossley, of Clifton, Bristol and of Willaston, Wirral, Cheshire, MBE, JP. The limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of his father Stanley David Evans, late of Willaston. Arms, Crest and six Badges. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 5/2/2008. College reference: Grants 173/144.

EXLEY, Margaret, of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, CBE and her husband Malcolm Hartas GRANT. Arms, and Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 28/1/2008. College reference: Grants 173/96.

GREEN, Sir Philip, of the City of Westminster, Knight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 8/1/2008. College reference: Grants 173/112.

GREENSTOCK, Sir Jeremy Quentin, of Enstone, Oxfordshire, GCMG. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/3/2008. College reference: Grants 173/148.

GROSE, Sir Alan, of Simon's Town, Western Cape Province, Republic of South Africa, KBE, Vice-Admiral RN. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 5/2/2008. College reference: Grants 173/102.

GUEST, Adrian Mark Hedley, of Paddington, State of Queensland, Commonwealth of Australia. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/3/2008. College reference: Grants 173/140.

LONGLEY, Michael, of Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 18/2/2008. College reference: Grants 173/129.

MCINTYRE, Thomas Joseph, of Arlington, Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, grandson of Thomas McIntyre of Newark, State of New Jersey, who was born in Ireland. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 8/1/2008. College reference: Grants 173/91.

SUTHERLAND, Mark Richard Charlton, of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. Arms, Crest and two Badges. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 14/3/2008. College reference: Grants 173/118.

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster King of Arms. 10/4/2008. College reference: Grants 173/189.

Arms of EVANS, Myron Wyn, of Craigcefnparc, SwanseaEVANS, Myron Wyn, of Craigcefnparc, Swansea: a grant of Arms was made by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 7 July 2008. College reference: Grants 173/252.

The Arms are blazoned: Per fess dancetty acute Gules and Sable a Lion rampant Or holding between the forepaws a Garb of hay Argent banded Vert a Bordure engrailed Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or Gules and Sable Two Dragons respectant Gules holding between them a representation of the Celtic cross of Nevern sans pedestal Sable fimbriated Vert.

Badge (not illustrated): A Norman Helm affronty Or quadrinimbed Sable and charged with two Gouttes in fess Azure.

Appearances

Swansea Metropolitan University: a ceremony was held at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea on 4 September 2008 to celebrate the new status of this university, in the presence of First Minister for Wales Rhodri Morgan. The occasion was attended by Robert Noel, Lancaster Herald, who oversaw the presentation of the university's new Arms.

Birmingham Civic Society: at a ceremony marking its nineteenth birthday this organization became the first civic society to receive a grant of Arms. The Letters Patent were presented by Robert Noel, Lancaster Herald, on 10 June 2008 at the Council House, Birmingham.

Publications

College of Arms Books: The College of Arms has for many years had a small bookstall in the Earl Marshal's Court, selling books and pamphlets on heraldic subjects, including its own publications, as well as our Christmas cards and postcards. it is now also possible to buy certain publications of the College of Arms on the internet. Titles currently available are:

Louise Campbell, Francis Steer and Robert Yorke, A Catalogue of Manuscripts in the College of Arms. Collections. Volume 1 (London 1988). Hubert Chesshyre, Garter Banners of the Nineties (Windsor 1998). Clive Cheesman, The Armorial of Haiti. Symbols of Sovereignty in the Reign of Henry Christophe (London 2007). The last volume is also available from the College of Arms website.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

HOWARD: a pedigree of eight generations shows a descent to the present day from John Howard of Sculcoates, Yorkshire, merchant, formerly of Cottingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He married in 1773 Jane daughter of Isaac Broadley of Brantingham, Yorkshire. The pedigree descends via their grandson John Broadley Howard of Warrnambool in the Colony of Victoria, Australia, collector of customs (born 1809). College reference: Norfolk 51/111.

STEWART: a pedigree records the marriage and issue of Alexander Davenport Stewart of Manila, Philippines (born 1908). Cross-referenced to Norfolk 50/160. College reference: Surrey 31/307.

WINBY: a pedigree shows the children and grandchildren of Paul George William Winby of Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire, OBE (born 1933). Cross-referenced to Surrey 20/180. College reference: Surrey 31/303.

WOOD: a pedigree of four generations is headed by Arthur Thomas Wood of Epping, Essex, who married in 1914 Ellen daughter of John Robert William Parker of Wood Green, Middlesex. College reference: Surrey 31/311.

Elsewhere in the Records

Flag of the Governor-General of New ZealandFlag of the Governor-General of New Zealand: the new Flag of the Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of New Zealand, illustrated left, has been approved by her Majesty, and was announced by the Prime Minister of New Zealand on 2 June 2008. The Flag bears the Arms of New Zealand, ensigned with a Royal Crown.

College reference: Standards 5/116.

Royal Licence for Change of Name: a Royal Licence dated 21 May 2007 was granted by Her Majesty to Christopher James Carver SHARMAN-CRAWFORD, formerly Christopher James Carver LONG, of Crawfordsburn, Co. Down, and of Binfield Heath, Oxfordshire, permitting him to adopt the Arms of Sharman Crawford. This was in accordance with the will of Robert Gordon Sharman Crawford. College reference: I.85/208. An exemplification of the Arms of Sharman Crawford was accordingly granted to him by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, by Letters Patent dated 10 December 2007. College reference: Grants 173/86.

University of Leicester: following a petition, a Royal Licence was granted on 2 April 2008 to the University of Leicester, to transfer to that body the Arms granted to a predecessor body, the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland College, by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy Kings of Arms in 1922. College reference: I.85/228. A certificate of the three Kings of Arms was duly issued exemplifying the Arms to the University of Leicester, dated 15 July 2007. College reference: Grants 173/227.

Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps Crown BadgeWomen's Land Army and Timber Corps: a Crown Badge, illustrated right, has been designed by Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter King of Arms, who as Inspector of Regimental Colours has authority over the insignia of veterans' associations, acknowledging the service given during the Second World War by 'Land Girls' and 'Lumber Jills'.

The award of the Crown Badge was marked by a ceremony on 23 July at Downing Street, London, at which a number of veterans were presented with their badges by the Prime Minister and Hilary Benn, Environment Secretary.

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