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December 2010 Newsletter (No. 27)

Illustrated left is a scene from an illuminated pedigree of Christ
Illustrated left is a scene from an illuminated pedigree of Christ © College of Arms

Illustrated left is a scene from an illuminated pedigree of Christ, showing his descent from Adam, which is amongst the archives of the College of Arms.

The pedigree dates from the fourteenth century, shows the judges, kings and conquerors of Israel, and is illuminated with biblical incidents in roundels.

The scene left is of the nativity of Christ: Christ is shown at the top of the image in the manger, overseen by oxen. Mary and Joseph look away, seeming to regret the inferior accommodation available.

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

News

It has been announced that the National Archives of Scotland, and the General Register Office for Scotland, are to merge. The merger builds upon the existing close working relationships between the two organizations, and will permit increased efficiency through the further sharing of central services. This move follows discussions in the Republic of Ireland regarding the merger of the National Archives of Ireland, the Irish Manuscripts Commission, and the National Library of Ireland.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BARDSLEY, Roland, of Stanthorne, Cheshire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 222/3/2010. College reference: Grants 175/7.

BLACK, Daniel William, of the State of Western Australia, Australia. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 16/4/2010. College reference: Grants 175/39.

BYLLAM-BARNES, Joseph Charles Felix, of Ashtead, Surrey, eldest son of Cyril Charles Byllam-Barnes late of Ashtead, deceased, eldest son of William Charles Byllam-Barnes late of Streatham, co. London, deceased. Arms, Crest and Badge. The limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of the late William Charles Byllam-Barnes. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/2/2010. College reference: Grants 175/51.

FALCONER OF THOROTON, Charles Leslie (Falconer), Baron, of Thoroton, Nottinghamshire, PC. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 6/4/2010. College reference: Grants 175/25.

FROST, Alan John, of Bournemouth, Dorset. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 6/10/2009. College reference: Grants 175/3.

HALLGARTEN, Anthony Bernard Richard, of the London Borough of Camden, QC. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/5/2010. College reference: Grants 175/47.

HICKINBOTTOM, Sir Gary Robert, of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Knight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 7/4/2010. College reference: Grants 175/17.

KAILE, Gillian, of the London Borough of Bromley. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/3/2010. College reference: Grants 175/49.

LAWRENCE, Ronald Charles, of Colton, Staffordshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. In the same Patent, Arms for his wife Gay, daughter of Cecil Joseph Outhwaite late of Hornchurch, Essex, deceased. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 27/4/2010. College reference: Grants 175/30.

LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY TOWN COUNCIL ArmsLETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY TOWN COUNCIL. Illustrated right are the Arms and Crest granted to this town council by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 17 May 2010.

Arms: Vert on a Pall reversed between three Horseshoe Magnets the poles to the centre Argent three Roundels Vert each charged with a Rose Argent.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Vert A Squirrel sejant erect Sable holding between the forepaws a Rose Argent and crowned with a Garland of oak leaves Vert

Badge (not illustrated): A Rose Stem Or flowered Argent leaved Vert enfiling four two-bar fences conjoined in a square Pen Or

College reference: Grants 175/41.

MORRIS, Roy Alfred, of Formby, Merseyside, CBE, DL. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 14/4/2010. College reference: Grants 175/23.

NASH, Eric Stanley, of Whitchurch, South Glamorgan, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 27/5/2010. College reference: Grants 175/45.

RAWLINGS, Keith John, of Hythe, Kent. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/12/2009. College reference: Grants 174/285.

REBUCK, Dame Gail Ruth, of the London Borough of Camden, DBE. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/3/2010. College reference: Grants 175/11.

ROE-EVANS, Joyce Alison, of the parish of Charlesworth, Derbyshire. Arms and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 8/4/2010. College reference: Grants 175/21.

TOOLEY, Peter John Hocart, of the Island of Guernsey. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms.29/3/2010. College reference: Grants 175/5. The Arms are illustrated here.

Appearances

Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones, KCVO: a service of thanksgiving for the life of Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones, former Garter King of Arms (died 21 August 2010), was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, London, on 16 November 2010. Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms. The Earl and Countess of Wessex were represented by Colonel Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary. The Princess Royal was represented by Lady Carew Pole. The Princess Alexandra was represented by Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Birchwood. The Duke of Norfolk attended, as did the Officers of Arms, Lord Lyon King of Arms, representatives of the Order of St John, and other bodies and societies with which Sir Peter was associated, as well as many relatives, friends and colleagues. The lessons were read by Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms, and by Alan Dickins, Arundel Herald Extraordinary; and addresses were given by David White, Somerset Herald and David Gurney.

Events in the City of London: His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh presented the Worshipful Company of Marketors of the City of London with a Royal Charter, in a ceremony at Guildhall in the City of London, on 19 October 2010. William Hunt, Windsor Herald, took part in the ceremony, as did the Master of the Company, Alderman and Sheriff Fiona Woolf, and others. On 7 October at Wax Chandler's Hall, the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners held an Installation Dinner, at which William Hunt presented the Herald's Award for Excellence in Communication to representatives of the Museum of London.

 

Lectures

Lecture at University of Trento, Italy: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, delivered a paper entitled 'History, genealogy, and historical genealogy' at the medieval history seminar there on 18 November.

Publications

Some aspects of the 'Crisis of Heraldry': An article by Clive Cheesman with this title appears in the Autumn 2010 issue of The Coat of Arms, journal of the Heraldry Society. The title refers to an article by Michel Pastoureau of 1982, and offers some reactions to the thesis that Western European elite society ceased in the early modern period to find heraldry a meaningful means of communicating what was essential about themselves, their social position, and their ideology.

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