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April 2015 Newsletter (No. 42)

Richard III epitaph I 3 f.4 cropped compressedOn 26 March 2015 King Richard III was reinterred in a specially-constructed tomb in Leicester Cathedral, in a service in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Gloucester, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor and other distinguished guests. The College of Arms, founded by Richard III in 1484, was represented in the procession and service by Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, and Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald. Some information about the reburial service can be had here and here.

Illustrated left is an image from a College of Arms manuscript, showing an epitaph for Richard III. It is in the hand of Thomas Hawley, Clarenceux King of Arms, a herald between 1509 and his death in 1557. The epitaph would seem to come from the original tomb of Richard in the Franciscan Priory in Leicester, erected by Henry VII. It makes reference to the latter's piety and generosity, whilst hoping that the reader will pray for Richard on account of his offences and thus lessen his punishment.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

APPLEBY, David Nels, of Ozark, Missouri, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/6/2014. College reference: Grants 178/122.

BROOMFIELD, David, of Linton, Cambridgeshire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 15/8/2014. College reference: Grants 178/114.

CHOWDHURY, Rajpal Singh of New Delhi, India, son of Sarnagat Singh Chowdhury late of New Delhi, deceased. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 14/12/2013. College reference: Grants 178/160.

DUTTON, Sir James Benjamin, of Gibraltar, KCB, CBE. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 6/1/2014. College reference: Grants 178/60.

HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 23/7/2014. College reference: Grants 178/166.

HEISLER, Stanley Dean, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/5/2014. College reference: Grants 178/164.

Ingham-LP croppedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated left) was made to Ivan Michael INGHAM of Canberra, Australia, AM, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 20 May 2014. College reference: Grants 178/150.

Arms: Azure a Pale wavy Ermine surmounted by a Castle of three towers Or the portal Argent gated and masoned Sable and charged in Chief and in base with a Rose Gules barbed and seeded Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Issuant from Waves of the Sea barry wavy Argent and Azure a Horse's Head Ermine maned Or holding in the mouth a Rose Gules barbed seeded slipped and leaved Or.

Badge (not illustrated): A Seahorse erect Ermine the piscine parts Azure maned finned unguled and gorged with a Naval Crown Or holding in the mouth a Rose Gules barbed seeded slipped and leaved Or.

ISAACSON, Laurence, of the London Borough of Camden, CBE. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 2/6/2014. College reference: Grants 178/152.

IVENS, Anthony Paul Campbell, of Little Ponton, Lincolnshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 26/8/2014. College reference: Grants 178/110.

LAIRD, Sir Gavin Harry, of the London Borough of Bromley, Knight, CBE. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. College reference: Grants 178/54.

LONG, William Ivey, of the City of New York, New York, USA, son of William Ivey Long late of Seaboard, Northampton Co., North Carolina, deceased. Descended from John Newman Shoolbred born 1856 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. The limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of his late father. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/5/2014. College reference: Grants 178/91.

Lucas-VH arms croppedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (right) was made to Victor Harold LUCAS of The Manor House, Warboys, Cambridgeshire, DL, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 5 March 2015. College reference: Grants 178/249.

Arms: Or a Dolphin bendwise embowed Gules between two Bendlets Vert all between two Dolphins bendwise embowed Gules.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Vert A Golden Retriever sejant erect Or supporting between the forelegs a Punt Pole palewise proper and resting the sinister forepaw on a Celtic Cross Gules.

Badge (not illustrated): A Dolphin embowed Gules environed by a Branch of Laurel Vert fructed Gules and a Branch of Oak Vert fructed Or the stems crossed in base.

MORRIS OF BOLTON, Patricia (Morris), Baroness, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, OBE. Arms, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 20/3/2014. College reference: Grants 178/124.

PRICE, Arthur Leolin, of Llanbedr, Powys and of the London Borough of Camden, CBE, QC. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/3/2013. College reference: Grants 178/85.

Raco patent compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated left) was made to Mauro Jason RACO of Savona, Italy, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 30 July 2014. College reference: Grants 178/93.

Arms: Or a Heart on a Chief embattled Vert three Annulets Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Vert The top of a Tower Vert statant thereon a Jewelled Lizard Or spotted Azure.

Badge: Three Annulets interlaced one and two Vert surmounted by a Jewelled Lizard statant Or spotted Azure.

ROBERTS, Shane Roland, of New Town, Tasmania, Australia. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 18/8/2014. College reference: Grants 178/104.

Appearances

Edward V1Christening 002 M6 f78r compressedBaptism of Edward VI: the archives of the College of Arms include unique records of the baptism at Hampton Court of Edward VI on 15 October 1537. These records were the basis of a BBC television programme, called 'A Night to Remember', broadcast on 10 January 2015, which recreated the baptism and its processions, guided by the historians Dr Lucy Worsley and Dr David Starkey. Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, assisted in the research and appeared in the programme, both as an expert in discussions with Dr Starkey, and playing a Tudor herald in the recreated procession. Illustrated left is an image from a College of Arms manuscript illustrating the procession to the chapel. The drawings were probably created in the 1560s and the costumes here reflect the fashions of that time rather than of the 1530s.

The English Gentleman: Peter O'Donoghue also appeared in a television programme with this title which was broadcast in Japan on BS Fuji on 22 March 2015, where he discussed the history of ideas of the gentleman.

Society of Antiquaries of London: in recognition of his many years' work on the Dictionary of British Arms: Medieval Ordinary, which was recently completed, Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, was on 23 April awarded the Gold Medal of the society.

Lectures

Sir Algar Henry Stafford Howard: Christopher Vane, Portcullis Pursuivant, spoke on this twentieth-century Garter King of Arms at the Heraldry Society's Anniversary Luncheon at the Royal Air Force Club, London on 17 February 2015.

Heraldry Society: On 18 February Clive Cheesman chaired the annual John Brooke-Little Lecture of the Heraldry Society, at the Society of Antiquaries of London. The lecture was delivered by Dr Adrian Ailes of The National Archives and was entitled "Grants of Arms by 'Private' Individuals in England and Wales c.1300-1450".

College of Arms Foundation: On 2 March 2015 in New York, David White, Somerset Herald, lectured on the subject of 'The heraldry of the Great War' to this society, which exists to support the work of the College of Arms and provide a forum for out friends in the USA. Details of the foundation can be seen here.

The History of Heralds: on 25-27 March Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, attended the second seminar on this subject at the University of M√ľnster, organized by Dr Torsten Hiltmann of that university; for details of the proceedings see here. His attendance at this, and the previous year's instalment of the seminar, where he delivered a paper, was made possible by the White Lion Society.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

LOWES: a pedigree has been recorded which sets out three generations of descent from John Lowes of Ridley in the parish of Haltwhistle, Northumberland, who married in 1823 Mary daughter of Nicholas Parker. Their grandson John Burkill Lowes married Hester Fanny daughter of Lowes Cato Dickinson. The entry records the latter's ancestry as far back as his great grandfather George Lowes of Beltingham, Haltwhistle. A related pedigree of the CLARK-LOWES family was recorded at the same time, setting out a descent of three generations from Daniel Nicholas Clark-Lowes, formerly Daniel Nicholas Clark. Cross-referenced to Surrey 14/248, 252. College reference: Norfolk 51/46-7.

LONG: a pedigree has been officially recorded which shows the children and grandchildren of William Ivey Long of South Carolina, USA, who married Mary Dorothy daughter of Robert Elmer Wood, and granddaughter of John Newman Shoolbred (born 1856). College reference: Surrey 32/158).

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