Oriel College Boat Club

A grant of a Badge was made to The Provost and Scholars of the House of the Blessed Mary the Virgin in Oxford commonly called Oriel College of the Foundation of Edward the Second of famous memory sometime King of England, for the use of Oriel College Boat Club, the Tortoise Club and the Oriel Society, by Letters Patent dated 20 April 2009 of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms. A standard was exemplified, as illustrated left. College reference: Standards 5/125.

The Badge is blazoned A Tortoise displayed the shell circular Azure charged with two concentric annulets Argent.

The Patent was presented to the Provost at Oriel on 30 May by Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant.
The grant was made possible by the gen-erosity of Michael Goolden, an Orielensis and formerly member of the college's first eight.

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

Heraldic Badges in England and Wales: this very significant contribution to heraldic scholarship by Michael Powell Siddons, Wales Herald Extraordinary, has been published for the Society of Antiquaries by the Boydell Press. This monumental work in four volumes fills a serious gap in the literature of heraldry, providing a comprehensive overview of the subject from the fourteenth to the early seventeenth century. It may be ordered from the publisher here.

Illustrated right is a page from the College of Arms manuscript A17, bearing a painting of two standards and Arms and dating from circa 1513. Each standard features the cross of St George, with on the fly, a beast between a scattering of smaller badges. The upper standard is that of George (Nevill), Baron Bergavenny, and bears the pied bull of the Nevills between interlaced double staples. The lower standard is that of Walter (Devereux), Baron Ferrers of Chartley, later Viscount Hereford, and bears a talbot between the badges of a 'french wife's hood' and the Ferrers badge of a horseshoe. The motto is LOIALLE SUYS (I am loyal).

Welcome to the twenty-second edition of the College of Arms Newsletter

Dictionary of British Arms – Medieval Ordinary: the third volume of this projected four-volume work was recently published by the Society of Antiquaries. It is edited by Thomas Woodcock, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, and by Sarah Flower. Being an Ordinary it has arms arranged by their designs; this volume covering arms whose descriptions fall between cross and fess. The book can be purchased from the distributor here.

Illustrated left is a page from part III of Prince Arthur's Book, an early Tudor manuscript at the College of Arms. This section of the volume comprises an ordinary of crosses, part of an important ordinary compiled under Thomas Wriothesley, Garter King of Arms between 1505 and 1534, now dispersed.

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

Jonathan Jason Kingsley: Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms granted the following Arms, Crest and Badge, illustrated left, to Mr Kingsley of the City of Oxford, by Letters Patent dated 2 October 2009. College reference: Grants 174/221.

Arms: Argent on a Pale between two Tilting Lances points upward Gules a Unicorn's horn point upwards Argent.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules A Winged Unicorn sejant erect Gules supporting between the forelegs a Tilting Lance point upwards Argent.

Mantling: Gules doubled Argent.

Badge: A Unicorn's horn point upwards Argent fimbriated Or surmounted by a Spur Rowel Gules.

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

Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones, KCVO, 1940-2010: The College of Arms reports with great sadness the death on 21 August 2010 of the late Garter Kings of Arms, who retired on 31 March this year, after a short illness.

Illustrated left are the Arms, Crest and Motto of Sir Peter, which were granted by Letters Patent dated 28 May 1971. They are blazoned:

Arms: Argent gutty de sang a Fret engrailed and molined at the mascle points Sable.

Crest: On a Wreath Argent and Gules A Coati sejant Sable collared and lined Or.
College reference: Grants 134/70.

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

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.

The College of Arms operates a scheme whereby parish, town and community councils can petition for a grant of a coat of Arms at a specially reduced rate. Councils interested in pursuing this scheme to enable them to establish lawful Arms, particularly in view of the forthcoming Jubilee Year, should contact the Officer in Waiting.

Illustrated left are the Arms granted to Wootton Bassett Town Council, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, dated 30 August 2011, the day before the date of Her Majesty The Queen's Patent granting the designation Royal to the town. The town has long used unofficial Arms consisting of a chevron between three lozenges: the granted design adapts this to reflect the Royal favour accorded in recognition of Wootton Bassett's role in recent repatriations of fallen servicemen and women.

Arms: Gules a Chevron Argent between in chief two Lozenges and in base a Lion passant guardant Or.

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

Illustrated left are the Arms and Crest granted to Michael John HUXLEY-EVANS of Edgbaston, in the City of Birmingham, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 28 October 2010.

Arms: Per fess nebuly Sable and Ermine in chief a Rose Argent barbed and seeded proper within a wreath of Thorns Or in base three Boar's Heads erased Sable armed Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Sable Upon a Grassy Mount Vert a Lion rampant reguardant Or resting the dexter hindpaw upon three Books fesswise Gules edged and clasped Or and holding in the forepaws a Long Cross flory gyronny of eight Argent and Sable. Mantled Sable doubled Argent.

College reference: Grants 175/160.

Welcome to the thirty-first edition of the College of Arms Newsletter.

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