To hear a lecture delivered under this title in March 2012 by Dr Adrian Ailes of The National Archives, see here.

New Appointments

28 November 2012

By letters patent dated 31 May 2012, HM The Queen has been pleased to appoint Michael Peter Desmond O'Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms, to the post of York Herald of Arms.

Arms of Bonnington Group PlcBonnington Group Plc: a grant of Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters was made to this long-established company of hoteliers by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 1 October 2007. The patent recites the history of the company from its incorporation and acquisition in 1909 of The Bonnington Hotel in London. College reference: Grants 172/343.

The Arms are blazoned: Azure on a Pall reversed between in chief two Fire-steels palewise the striking edges inwards that to the sinister reversed Or a Pall reversed Gules.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Gules An Elephant statant Gules holding in the trunk a Torch Or enflamed proper.

Badge: A Torch Azure enflamed proper between two Fire-steels palewise the striking edges inwards that to the sinister reversed Or.

Supporters: To the dexter a Badger and to the sinister a Beaver Or each holding in the interior forefoot a Torch Azure enflamed proper.
Motto: SEMPER ACCEPTUS

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

Fire at the College of ArmsThe fire alarm sounded at ten minutes to eleven on Thursday 5 February at a time when 'Chapter', the heralds' governing body was having its monthly meeting. The fire was already too well established to be tackled with fire-extinguishers, so the Fire Brigade were called. The evacuation plan was immediately put in action by the College's house comptroller, David White, and the officer on duty, and within minutes the building was clear. No-one was hurt, and no damage was done to the official records of the College of Arms, which date back to the fifteenth century.

Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter King of Arms, said: "This event is a great sadness to all of us who work here. We will work hard to put the building right over the forthcoming weeks, but we will remain open for business. I am glad that our emergency plan worked well, and I am really grateful to the Fire Brigade for the exceptional care they took, knowing what national treasures we care for here."

The fire was successfully contained; the building, which had been swiftly evacuated, suffered damage to the two upper floors of its west wing only, some distance from the archive storage areas. A number of rooms there will now need to be repaired and redecorated.

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

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

 portrait of Peter Le Neve (1661-1729)Peter Le Neve: illustrated left is a portrait of Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), successively Rouge Croix Pursuivant, Richmond Herald and Norroy King of Arms, which is currently on loan from the College of Arms to the exhibition Making History: Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007 at the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition, which has been curated jointly by the Royal Academy and the Society of Antiquaries of London, explores the work and achievements of that society since its foundation in the early eighteenth century. Le Neve, a noted antiquary and collector of manuscripts, was the first Chairman of the society when it was founded in 1707 and its first President in 1717. The exhibition runs from 15 September to 2 December 2007.
The portrait, which has been attributed to George Vertue, shows Peter Le Neve in his tabard of the Royal Arms of Queen Anne, wearing a collar of SS. His own coat of arms is shown in the upper left of the canvas: Argent on a Cross Sable five Fleurs de Lys, in the canton a Crescent for difference, impaled by the Arms of office of Norroy King of Arms.

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