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October 2015 Newsletter (no. 44)

Arundel MS 29 f. 54r croppedArundel Ms 29 is a small manuscript volume with miscellaneous contents dating from the fifteenth century. It was part of the library of manuscripts collected by Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (died 1646), part of which came to the College of Arms later in the seventeenth century.

This page, headed 'bell'm de Agencowrt', shows a list of noblemen taken prisoner by Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt on 25 October 1415. It is one of the relatively few sources for casualties on the French side at that conflict, the 600th anniversary of which is commemorated this year.

An online exhibition of documents from the archives of the College of Arms relating to Agincourt can be seen here.

News

College of Arms Record Room: this room forms the principal reading room and repository of the College, housing some 7,000 manuscript volumes. A comprehensive refurbishment, which began in the autumn of 2014, has been completed. The double-height space with a gallery was built in the early 1840s to designs of Robert Abraham; it has now been redecorated and new linoleum laid on the floor. The windows are fitted with unique Victorian rolling shutters, which are raised and lowered each day. The repair and restoration of these shutters and their mechanisms were the most complex and time-consuming aspects of the project.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

Clogau patent ACA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to CLOGAU GOLD OF WALES LIMITED by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, dated 17 December 2014. College reference: Grants 178/295. The Arms are blazoned:

Arms: Quarterly Or and Sable a Cross parted throughout each piece flory at both ends counterchanged.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Sable On a Rocky Mount therein the entrance to a Cave proper a Dragon statant Gules armed and langued Or grasping with the dexter forefoot the hilt and pommel also Or of a Sword point downwards and lodged in the rock proper.

Badge (not illustrated): In front of a Cross parted each piece flory at both ends quarterly Sable and Or two Swords in saltire points upwards proper Hilts and Pommels Or.

ADAMS, Weston, of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/4/2015. College reference: Grants 178/323.

ANATOMICAL SOCIETY. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1/10/2014. College reference: Grants 178/215. On 5 February 2015 William Hunt, Windsor Herald, presented the new Arms to the Society in a ceremony at the Royal Astronomical Society. Details can be found here.

BALMFORTH, Georgina Elizabeth, of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, OBE. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 16/3/2015. College reference: Grants 178/272.

FYNES, Richard Charles Clinton, of the City of Leicester. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/7/2015. College reference: Grants 178/349.

HEAD, Thomas William Raleigh, of Bisley-with-Lypiatt, Gloucestershire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 22/5/2015. College reference: Grants 178/351.

James D J Arms and CrestA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to David John JAMES, of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, by Letters Patent of Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 4 March 2015. College reference: Grants 178/266. The blazon reads:

Arms: Argent on a Cross quadrate Vert surmounting on either side a Sword erect Gules the hilt terminating in a Maltese Cross an Escallop Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Vert An Arctic Tern rising wings elevated proper between to the dexter three Roses barbed and seeded proper and to the sinister three Trillium Flowers Argent each slipped and leaved Vert.

Badge (not illustrated): An Escallop Or winged Bleu Celeste.

LEONG, Sonny, of Chilton, Oxfordshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 11/9/2014. College reference: Grants 178/283.

MUKHTAR, Ahmed Ibrahim, now of Thorpe Underwood, formerly of Barton Seagrave, both Northamptonshire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 15/3/2015. College reference: Grants 178/285.

PAUL, Douglas Lithgow, of New York City, New York, USA. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1/10/2014. College reference: Grants 178/289.

RECORD, David John, of the City of Bangkok, Thailand. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/5/2015. College reference: Grants 178/345.

RICHARDS OF HERSTMONCEUX, David Julian (Richards), Baron, of Emsworth, Hampshire, GCB, CBE, DSO. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 12/11/2014. College reference: Grants 178/297.

ROSE OF MONEWDEN, Stuart Alan Ransom (Rose), Baron, of Monewden, Suffolk. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 18/2/2015. College reference: Grants 178/308.

TREW, John Alistair, of the London Borough of Southwark. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 31/3/2015. College reference: Grants 178/287.

VALK, Antoine Jan Macgiel, of Bilthoven, Netherlands, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 12/12/2014. College reference: Grants 178/347.

Appearances

The Queen's People: an exhibition of photographic portraits by Hugo Rittson-Thomas was held this summer at the gallery Eleven Fine Art in London. The subjects were members of the Royal Family and Royal Household, and others with ceremonial uniforms. They included Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, and Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald. The portraits can be seen here

Lectures

The Heralds' Visitations of County Durham: Christopher Vane, Portcullis Pursuivant, gave an address on this subject to the White Lion Society at St Chad's College, Durham on 15 September 2105 on the Society's recent excursion to Durham City.

The St George Family: Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, addressed a gathering of descendants of the St John family at Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire, on 3 October 2015, on the subject of the St George dynasty of heralds. This remarkable family provided three Garter Kings of Arms, one Clarenceux King of Arms and one Ulster King of Arms during the seventeenth century.

Heraldry Across the Tasman: Early Grants of Arms to New Zealanders: David White, Somerset Herald, will be lecturing in November on this topic at the Australian Heraldry Society. On 14 November he will address the society at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Carlton, Melbourne. On 26 November he will speak at the Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Sydney. For details of these events please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

WEBB: a pedigree of five generations has been placed on official record which shows a descent in the male line to the present day. It is headed by William John Webb of Aberceri Cwm Coy, Cardiganshire, who was married in 1901 to Rachel Marietta Griffiths. College reference: Surrey 32/187.

WHITTAKER: a pedigree of this family records four generations beginning with Alfred Whittaker of Coventry, Warwickshire, who in 1944 married Edna Gertrude daughter of Arthur William Bicknell of Birmingham. College reference: Surrey 32/189.

Elsewhere in the Records

CHIEF CONSTABLE OF DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE: By a Warrant dated 16 March 2015 Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to issue her Royal Licence that the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police should be entitled as a corporation sole to bear the Arms granted by Letters Patent dated 25 November 1970 to Devon and Cornwall Police Authority. A certificate of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms was issued to exemplify these Arms to the Chief Constable, dated 24 April 2015. College reference: Grants 178/301.

GREENWICH HOSPITAL: By a Warrant dated 4 November 2014 Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to issue her Royal Licence that Greenwich Hospital could continue to use the Arms, Crest and Supporters already in use, including the use of a Royal Crown. The Armorial Ensigns were exemplified by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 24 July 2015. College reference: Grants 178/263.

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