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January 2016 Newsletter (no. 45)

WZ f 276v compressedShakespeare Documented: this significant online Shakespeare resource launched on 20 January 2016, aiming to be 'the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare.' This free and publicly accessible online exhibition is curated by Dr Heather Wolfe of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and includes images, descriptions, and transcriptions of all known references and allusions to Shakespeare and his works during his lifetime and shortly thereafter, as well as additional references to his family. More than 30 institutions have contributed to the project.

Six documents in the archive of the College of Arms are included. Three of these relate to the grant of Arms by William Dethick, Garter King of Arms, to John Shakespeare, father of William; whilst three relate to the actions of Ralph Brooke, York Herald, in contesting twenty-three grants of Arms made by Dethick, including that to John Shakespeare. Illustrated right is the defence by Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms against Brooke's accusations, dated 1602. College reference: Coll Arm Ms WZ f.276v.

News

Tuke pedigree 1634 C19.99Sir Brian Tuke was Master of the Posts by 1512 and formally appointed Governor of the King's Posts by Henry VIII in 1517. His post was a precursor to that of Postmaster General of the United Kingdom, giving him responsibility for communications to and from the King. In 1523 he was made a clerk of parliament, and as well as being honoured with a knighthood he received other grants from the Crown as a reward for his service.

In 2016, the Royal Mail celebrates five centuries of regular postal services; more information is here. A series of stamps to commemorate this will be issued in February 2016, and they will include a stamp bearing the portrait of Sir Brian Tuke by Hans Holbein the Younger.

The records of the College of Arms include various entries for the Tuke family, including copies of a fourteenth-century grant of Arms to Richard Tuke, a possible ancestor of Sir Brian. Here the Tuke family of Titchfield, Hampshire are seen recording a pedigree of their ancestors and establishing their right to the Arms, at the heralds' visitation of Hampshire undertaken in 1634. College reference: Coll Arm Ms C19.99.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

McGrath F J compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated left) was made to Francis Joseph MCGRATH of the London Borough of Barnet by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 8 September 2015. College reference: Grants 179/57. The blazon reads:

Arms: Per pale Argent and Azure on a Pale per pale between four Roses two in chief and two in fess a Rose in base and over all between the Roses two Chevronels all counterchanged the Roses seeded Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Issuant from a representation of the Giant's Causeway Or a demi Irish Elk Azure attired and unguled Or resting the sinister hoof on a Terrestrial Globe Vert the oceans proper.

Badge (not illustrated): Between and surmounted by two Pens in saltire and a Pen in pale a Pen bendwise and a Pen bendwise sinister all with steel nibs upwards Or the holders tied at the intersection with Red-tape proper.

COLLINS OF HIGHBURY, Raymond Edward Harry (Collins), Baron, of Highbury in the London Borough of Islington. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 12/6/2015. College reference: Grants 178/338.

CONN, Neil Raymond, of North Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia, AO, Lord Prior Designate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 25/4/2015. College reference: Grants 178/314.

COOKSEY, Sir David James Scott, of Whiteparish, Wiltshire, GBE. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 7/4/2015. College reference: Grants 178/293.

CRYAN, Donald Michael, of Blackheath, London Borough of Lewisham. Arms and Crest. In the same patent Arms were granted for his wife Pamela SCRIVEN. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 24/2/2015. College reference: Grants 178/311.

FLAWN, Janice Evelyn of the Borough of Milton Keynes, CBE. Arms. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 9/10/2015. College reference: Grants 179/83.

FOX, Nicholas Christopher, of Penllynin, Carmarthenshire, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 23/7/2015. College reference: Grants 179/19.

GILL, Jasvinder Singh, of the London Borough of Havering. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 3/5/2015. College reference: Grants 178/319.

LEWIS, Randall Wayne, of Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, third in line of descent from Griffith Lewis, born 1867 in Glamorganshire. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 26/5/2015. College reference: Grants 178/326.

McMenemy S J patent compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated right) was made to Simon John MCMENEMY, of West Hoathly, West Sussex, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 10 September 2015. College reference: Grants 179/47. The blazon reads:

Arms: Argent a Cross moline Azure surmounting on either side a Sword erect Gules hilt and pommel Or each ensigned by a Rampion flower Azure.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Upon a Mount Vert growing therefrom Rampion flowers Azure slipped Vert a Swan displayed proper gorged with a Spur the rowel to the sinister Gules.

Badge: Four Feathers in pile Azure surmounted in base by a Scroll fesswise Or.

MUNCKTON, Michael Leslie Clive, of the City of Stonnington, Victoria, Australia. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 24/7/2015. College reference: Grants 179/9.

NEWELL, Dame Priscilla Jane of the London Borough of Richmond on Thames, DBE, widow of Kenneth Wyatt Newell, and of John Graham, Baron Cuckney, and daughter of Arthur Ronald Michael Watts, all deceased. Arms and Badge were granted for her and in the same patent Arms and Crest were granted to be placed on a monument to her late husband Kenneth Newell and to be borne by his descendants. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 15/6/2015. College reference: Grants 179/4.

SPOFFORTH, David Mark, of Slindon, West Sussex, OBE, son of Michael Gordon Spofforth and grandson of Stanley Albinus Spofforth late of Worthing, West Sussex, both deceased. Arms, Crest and Badge. The limitations were extended to include the other descendants of his late grandfather. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 14/5/2015. College reference: Grants 179/29.

WALSH, Simon, of the City of London. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 7/1/2015. College reference: Grants 178/343.

WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF FAN MAKERS. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 19/4/2015. College reference: Grants 179/7. The Letters Patent were formally presented to this London livery company in a ceremony by William Hunt, Windsor Herald, on 15 October 2015.

Woolf D A compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated left) was made by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 2 October 2015, to David Andrew WOOLF of the City of Cardiff. College reference: Grants 179/81. The blazon reads:

Arms: Murrey a Snow Wolf's Head erased proper on a Chief Argent a Boar's Head coped at the neck between two Fleurs de Lys Azure.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Upon a Closed Book Murrey garnished Or leaved proper a Snow Wolf sejant erect proper holding in the sinister forepaw a Rose Argent barbed seeded slipped and leaved proper.

Badge: In front of a Snow Wolf's Head erased proper collared Or a Mullet of eight points Azure attached to the top thereof a Chain passing behind the lower jaw and through the mouth reflexed round the back of the neck and attached at its other end to the collar.

Appearances

Queen Elizabeth Garden statue compressedQueen Elizabeth Garden: on 12 November 2015 Richmond Herald attended the re-opening of this public space in Southwark, London, after refurbishment works. The garden is dominated by two statues, one of Ernest Bevin, the other of Samuel Bourne Bevington, first mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey in 1900. The railings surrounding the Bevington statue incorporate four painted and gilt cast iron representations of the Arms granted to the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey by Letters Patent dated 5 March 1901. Over the years these coats of arms had suffered from pollution and inexpert repainting. On Richmond's advice and with the aid of artwork provided by College artist Alison Hill, Southwark Borough Council (which took over the area from Bermondsey in 1965) have now restored the heraldry to the way it will have appeared when the statue was erected in 1911. The artwork has been lodged in the Southwark Local Studies Library; more details can be found here.

Lectures

College of Arms Foundation, Charleston: Timothy Duke, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, addressed the first meeting of this society of American friends of the College of Arms to be held in Charleston, South Carolina, on 23 October 2015, on the subject of heraldry and the heralds. More information about this society and its events can be had here.

College of Arms Foundation, New York: on 19 October 2015 William Hunt, Windsor Herald gave a lecture in New York to this society at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, on the subject 'Pedigrees Through the Ages and Some Modern Designs'.

The Heraldry of Beaulieu: Timothy Duke, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, gave a lecture on this subject to the Beaulieu History Society on 13 November 2015.

Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, and Christopher Vane, Portcullis Pursuivant, will address the Spring Conference of this professional body, which is to be held on 16-18 March 2016 in London.

Exhibitions and Receptions

37th Annual Conference on Book Trade History: on 30 November 2015 delegates at this conference at Stationers' Hall, London, attended a reception at the College of Arms. They met members of the College's Conservation Department and were given a tour of the College Record Room by Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald. He used heraldic materials to address the conference theme, "Words on Paper: Transmission in manuscript and print, from the Fifteenth Century".

Folger Shakespeare Library: The College of Arms has lent certain key documents to an exhibition entitled Shakespeare, Life of an Icon at this centre for scholarship in Washington, D.C. The documents include important drafts of the grant of Arms which was made to his father John.

Elsewhere in the Archives

Manchester University 2015 2

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER: Arms and Crest were granted to the Manchester College of Science and Technology by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 10 December 1956. By an Order in Council dated 20 April 1966, Her Majesty the Queen was graciously pleased to approve the resolution of the College to change its name to University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. By a Royal Charter dated 27 August 2004, Her Majesty the Queen established a new university by the name of the University of Manchester; and that university took over all of the assets and functions of University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, as well as those of Victoria University of Manchester, according to the provisions of the University of Manchester Act 2004. By Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 10 May 2010, Arms and Crest were granted to the University of Manchester. Her Majesty the Queen was graciously pleased to grant her Royal Licence dated 12 February 2013, permitting the University of Manchester to bear in substitution the Crest originally granted to Manchester College of Science and Technology in 1956 with such variations as the Kings of Arms might consider appropriate. An exemplification of this Crest to the university was accordingly made by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 27 August 2015. College reference: Grants 179/36. The blazon is:

Arms: Per fess nebuly enhanced Bleu-celeste and Purpure issuant in chief a Sun in Splendour Or in base three Bees volant proper.

Crest: Upon a Helm Within a Coronet composed of four Roses Purpure barbed Argent seeded and set upon a Circlet Or a demi Lion guardant Or murally crowned Argent holding in the paws a Torch erect Sable enflamed Or.

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