Peregrine Falcon and Harris Hawks: In March and April this year these birds, long popular in heraldic design, could be seen flying at the College of Arms, in the hope that their presence would deter birds such as seagulls from nesting on the chimneys. The presence of birds' nests can cause damage to the fabric of the historic building, as well as a nuisance to staff and members of the public. The sight of the birds of prey flying in the courtyard, controlled by the falconers, was enjoyed by those who work at the College.
April 2016 Newsletter (no. 46) Featured
Recent Grants of Arms
A very small selection of those recently receiving grants or exemplifications from the English Kings of Arms:
BELL, Donald Burn, of Thornthwaite, Cumbria. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 14/10/2014. College reference: Grants 179/67.
A grant of Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Fred Auvergn COWLEY, of Fort Worth, Texas, USA, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 22 October 2015. According to a pedigree on official record at the College of Arms he is sixth in descent from Robert Cowley of Chester District, South Carolina, who having served in the Revolutionary War in 1776, died 13 September 1846 aged 96 years. College reference: Grants 179/79. The Arms are illustrated right with the Standard, a traditional heraldic flag which was also shown on the Patent.
Arms: Argent on a Cross Azure each limb enfiling an Ancient Crown points inwards a Quill palewise Or.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure A Bull's head caboshed Gules jessant de lys Or between the horns a Mullet Azure.
Mantling: Azure doubled Argent.
Badge: On an Equilateral Triangle Azure winged and each point abutting a Sun in Splendour Or a Chevron Argent.
GAMBLE, Theodore Robert, of the City and State of New York, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 3/11/2015. College reference: Grants 179/115.
GOURIET, Gerald William, of Hempnall, Norfolk, son of Geoffrey George Gouriet late of Hampton Court in the London Borough of Richmond on Thames, CBE, deceased. Arms and Crest. The limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of his late father. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 6/1/2016. College reference: Grants 179/119.
ILUBE, Thomas Segun, of the London Borough of Richmond on Thames, son of Nathanial Oyakhire Erainkhifun Ilube, late of Benin City, Nigeria, deceased. Arms, Crest and Badge. The limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of his late father. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 17/1/2016. College reference: Grants 179/130.
LIBAN, Janusz Bernard, of Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/12/2015. College reference: Grants 179/111.
MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 20/1/2016. College reference: Grants 179/136.
A grant of Arms and Crest (illustrated left) was made to Mathew Earle PATEY of Charlton-cum-Newbottle, Northamptonshire by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 30 September 2015. College reference: Grants 179/65. The blazon reads:
Arms: Per pale Azure and Gules on a Chevron Or between in chief two Pheons and in base an Acorn slipped and leaved Or three Crosses paty Sable.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Sable Within a Circlet of Oak Leaves erect Or seven being manifest a Cock Sable beaked Or combed and wattled Gules.
Mantling: Sable doubled Or.
RILEY, Terence Anthony, of Ashford, Kent, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 19/10/2015. College reference: Grants 179/97.
SOSKIN, David Gideon Frank Aurele Xavier, of Byworth, West Sussex. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 25/9/2015. College reference: Grants 179/53.
SPICER, Edward Vincent, of the City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 20/11/2015. College reference: Grants 179/99.
STUPIN, Susan Lee, of the City and State of New York, USA. Honorary Arms and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 3/11/2015. College reference: Grants 179/117.
WELLS, Andrew James, of Stoke Giffard, South Gloucestershire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 29/1/2016. College reference: Grants 179/161.
Ward Clubs of the City of London: on 6 April Timothy Duke, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, talked to the Ward of Cordwainer Club, a club for one of the wards of the City of London, about the work of the Officer of Arms at Tallow Chandlers' Hall, London. On 22 March Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, was elected Chairman of Coleman Street Ward Club.
High Sheriff of Lancashire: on 8 April Timothy Duke attended the installation ceremony in County Hall, Preston, of Mr John Barnett MBE DL as High Sheriff for the coming year.
Coats of arms and modern trade mark law and practice: on 18 March 2016, Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald and Christopher Vane, Portcullis Pursuivant spoke on this theme at the Spring Conference of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Coats of arms work very well as trade marks. But modern trade mark law – both statute and treaty obligations – contains provisions intended to ensure that coats of arms are registered as marks only by (or with the consent of) their heraldic proprietors. In doing so it has to address certain essential differences between the approaches taken by heraldry and the trade mark system to what makes a proprietary mark distinctive. In this presentation the two Officers explored the longstanding relationship between coats of arms and trade marks, and the practical management of that relationship today, particularly with regard to the provisions in Trade Marks Act 1994 and Article 6ter of the Paris Convention.
German Radio interview: On 12 April, William Hunt, Windsor Herald, was interviewed in German on WDR Radio 5 by Martin Herzog, who presents a daily magazine and news programme called Zeitzeichen. The interview had been pre-recorded in the Record Room at the College and was transmitted on the anniversary of the Decree by James I in 1606 that the Union Flag should be created. Windsor explained the role of the College with regard to flags, and described the first Union Flag, which combined those of St George and St Andrew, and the later addition of that of St Patrick. The interviewer concluded by giving an atmospheric description of the Record Room and its priceless contents. The interview can be heard online here.
Exhibitions and Receptions
Shakespeare in Ten Acts: the College of Arms has lent its manuscript volume W.Z. to this major exhibition at the British Library. The manuscript, mentioned in the College newsletter in January 2016, describes and illustrates the Arms granted to William Shakespeare's father in 1596.
Recently Recorded Pedigrees
ASTLEY-CORBETT: a pedigree descends from Sir Francis Edmund George Astley-Corbett of Elsham Hall, Lincolnshire, Baronet, who having been born in 1859, married in 1882 Gertrude Augusta daughter of Charles (Anderson-Pelham), Earl of Yarborough. He took the additional surname and Arms of Corbett by Royal Licence dated 11 December 1889. Their granddaughter Pamela Irene married in 1951 Archibald Thomas DUNN of Overbury Hall, Layham, Suffolk, whence the entry descends to the present day. Cross-referenced to Peers Pedigrees 7/17. College reference: Norfolk 52/86.
LONEY: a pedigree of eight generations shows a descent to the present day from James Loney of Wellington, Somerset and Lydia his wife; they were the parents of William Loney of Wellington, who in 1812 married Ann Makepeace. Connected with WILKINSON, RUSHTON and COBB. College reference: Norfolk 52/87.
SANCTUARY: a pedigree has been recorded which shows four generations of this family, headed by Campbell Fortesque Stapleton Sanctuary of Mangerton, Melplash, Dorset, who married in 1886 Mary Eliza daughter of George Goodwin Pownall Glessop of Newland House, Twickenham, Middlesex. Connected to DAVIES and WISE. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 48/155 and Surrey 18/339. College reference: Norfolk 52/88.
TRYE: a pedigree of eleven generations is headed by William Trye of the parish of Hardwick, Gloucestershire, MP (Gloucester), who was buried in 1717, and by Mary his wife daughter and coheir of Thomas Horne. The entry descends to the present day. Connected with LLOYD, TURNER, SEAKINS and WINTLE. Cross-referenced to K5/145. College reference: Norfolk 52/84.
Elsewhere in the Records
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM: A grant of Arms and Crest was made by Letters Patent of the Kings of Arms dated 20 September 1962, to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of the City of Birmingham for the use of The Birmingham College of Food and Domestic Arts. This college was subsequently renamed as Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies. A further change of name was permitted by Order of the Privy Council dated 19 November 2007, upon which the college became University College Birmingham. The Order of the Privy Council dated 7 December 2002 changed the status of the college to that of a university. Her Majesty The Queen was graciously pleased to issue her Royal Licence dated 22 December 2014 permitting the Arms previously granted, to be transferred to University College Birmingham. An exemplification of the Arms and Crest, and a grant of Supporters, was made to University College Birmingham by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 3 August 2015. College references: I.85/301 and Grants 179/1. The blazon reads:
Arms: Per chevron Gules and Or a Chevronel Sable between in chief two Roundels Argent the dexter charged with a Garb and the sinister with a Boar's Head couped at the neck proper and in base a Flame of Fire between two Sprigs of Bay the stems crossed in base proper tied with a Riband Gules.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure Out of a Mural Crown Or a dexter Arm embowed proper vested Bleu Celeste cuffed Argent the hand grasping a Cornucopia mouth downwards proper. Mantled Azure lined Or.
Supporters: On the dexter side a Bull and on the sinister side a Bear both Or murally gorged Azure.
The Priory of Hong Kong of the Order of St John: this priory of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem was constituted by HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, Grand Prior of the Order, on 1 March 2015. Arms were granted to the Order for the use of the Priory of Hong Kong by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 8 December 2015. College reference: Grants 179/105.