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March 2012 Newsletter (no. 32)

Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, reading the Proclamation from an open landau.
Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, reading the Proclamation from an open landau.

Proclamation of Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: On 8 February 1952, the Accession of The Queen was proclaimed by Garter King of Arms at St James's Palace; by Lancaster Herald at the site of the original Charing Cross; by Norroy and Ulster King of Arms at Temple Bar on the edge of the City of London; and at the Royal Exchange in the heart of the City. The heralds were accompanied by detachments of the Household Cavalry, with the State Trumpeters.

 

This proclamation of the Accession by the Officers of Arms, in a ceremony many centuries old and yet of continuing significance today, provides the first public statement of the beginning of the new reign.

Illustrated left is Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, reading the Proclamation from an open landau.

Footage of the Accession Proclamation by Garter can be seen here. Norroy and Ulster is seen in footage here. Clarenceux King of Arms can be watched here and here.

Welcome to the thirty-second edition of the College of Arms Newsletter.

News

Conservation seminarConservation Seminar: On 24 February 2012 the conservation department hosted a seminar day for the students of the MA Conservation, Camberwell, University of the Arts, London. The principal speaker of the day was Christopher Clarkson, a distinguished book conservator of international renown.

The day focussed on the study of parchment-covered bindings with particular attention to styles and practices of the 14th - 17th centuries. The seminar, held in the department's workshop, enabled the students to see the bindings and structures at first hand, prompting a more direct understanding of the application and working of historic material, together with lively discussion on aspects of conservation theory and practice.

That the seminar was held at the College of Arms reflects the wide interest in the College's holdings and esteem for the work of its conservation department within the profession. It continues the College's strong support of conservation training and work based learning with annual student placements and student volunteer posts held throughout the academic year.

Earl Marshal's Secretary: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, was appointed Secretary to the Earl Marshal by warrant dated 1 January 2012, in the room of Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms. College reference: I.85/261.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

ANDERSON, John Martin, of Littleborough, Lancashire. Extension of limitations of previous grants of Arms and Crest (in 1973) and of a Badge (in 1978). To permit their display on monuments to his late father John Anderson of Timperley, Cheshire, and to his late brother Robert Wood Anderson also of Timperley; and to permit the Arms, Crest and Badge to be borne by the other descendants of his late father. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 18/5/2011. College reference: Grants 175/273.

BROWN, Stephen Frederick, of Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 26/8/2011. College reference: Grants 176/11.

BURNTON, Sir Stanley Jeffrey, of the City of Westminster, PC. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 18/4/2011. College reference: Grants 175/251.

CLARKE OF STONE-CUM-EBONY, Anthony Peter (Clarke), Baron, of Stone-cum-Ebony, Kent, PC. Arms and Crest. Garter King of Arms. 9/12/2010. College reference: Grants 175/256.

CLIFF, Alistair John, of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/3/2011. College reference: Grants 175/245.

FLIGHT, Howard Emerson (Flight), Baron, of Worcester, Worcestershire. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter King of Arms. 17/3/2011. College reference: Grants 175/304.

GEORGE, Ian Gordon Combe, of Walkerville, South Australia, Australia, AO, late Archbishop of Adelaide and Metropolitan of South Australia. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1/9/2011. College reference: Grants 176/1.

Badge granted to Edward Stafford MAIIllustrated right is the Badge granted to Edward Stafford MAIN, of Fareham, Hampshire, OBE, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 24 October 2011. An exemplification of the Standard was also granted and is illustrated.

The Badge is blazoned A fouled Anchor bendwise Azure surmounted by a Wheel Spanner bendwise sinister Or.

College reference: Standards 5/145.

HUI, Daniel, of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 12/7/2011. College reference: Grants 175/318.

Arms granted to Andrew Charles MARSDENIllustrated left are the Arms granted to Andrew Charles MARSDEN, of Glaston, Rutland, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 29 July 2011. College reference: Grants 175/313. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Gules on a Pale between two Unicorn's Heads erased Argent a like Unicorn's Head Gules all maned tufted armed and langued Or.

Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours A Unicorn rampant Argent maned tufted armed langued and unguled Or gorged with a Chaplet of Roses alternately Argent and Gules seeded proper resting its dexter hindfoot on a terrestrial Globe Argent inscribed with lines of latitude and longitude Sable and inscribing on such line thereon with a Pair of Dividers Or held in the forefeet.

Badge (not illustrated): A Unicorn rampant Argent maned tufted armed langued and unguled Or gorged with a Chaplet of Roses alternately Argent and Gules seeded proper resting its dexter hindfoot on a terrestrial Globe Argent inscribed with lines of latitude and longitude Sable and inscribing on such line thereon with a Pair of Dividers Or held in the forefeet.

LLOYD-EDWARDS, Sir Norman, of Llandaff, City of Cardiff, KCVO, RD. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 1/3/2011. College reference: Grants 175/266.

NOON, Gulam Kaderbhoy (Noon), Baron, MBE. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 20/7/2011. College reference: Grants 175/320.

OLISA, Kenneth Aphunezi, of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 13/10/2010. College reference: Grants 175/302.

PLATTEN, Stephen George, of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Bishop of Wakefield. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 5/8/2011. College reference: Grants 175/324.

RIDGILL, Charles Michael, of Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 18/4/2011. College reference: Grants 175/264.

WADE OF CHORLTON, William Oulton (Wade), Baron, of Chester, Cheshire. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter King of Arms. 3/12/2010. College reference: Grants 175/253.

WRIGHT, Nicholas Peter, of Sheet, Hampshire, CVO. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 11/4/2011. College reference: Grants 175/247.

Appearances

The Heraldry Society: Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms, delivered the John Brooke-Little Memorial Lecture to this society on 18 January 2012 on the subject of 'Heralds at Court'. Timothy Duke, Chester Herald, was the guest of honour at the society's Anniversary Lunch on 16 February. Peter O'Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant, gave the Scriveners' Company Lecture on 'The Heralds' Visitations of London' on 22 February.

Bizarre Crime: Peter O'Donoghue appeared on a recent episode of this BBC 3 series, to discuss the case of a man who called himself 'Lord Buckingham'.

1475 (Dulwich) Squadron Air Training Corps Badge1475 (Dulwich) Squadron Air Training Corps: Thomas Woodcock, Inspector of Royal Air Force Badges, presented the new Badge (illustrated left) of this Squadron to five representative cadets, in a ceremony at the RAF Club, London, on 21 February 2012. In a subsequent ceremony, a painting of the new Badge was presented to the RAF Club by the Squadron President, Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper. The Inspectorate of Air Force Badges, based at the College of Arms, is responsible for all heraldic matters pertaining to the RAF, including Squadron and Station Badges.

Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society: Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, delivered the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture to this society on 1 March 2012. His lecture took as title 'The Role and Roll of Garter King of Arms'.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: The College of Arms had a stand at this annual genealogical show at Olympia, London on 24-26 February, staffed by Officers and by some of our heraldic artists. This, the largest genealogical show, provides an unrivalled opportunity to meet those interested in heraldry and genealogy and to explain the history and functions of the College of Arms. We also were able to explain some of the expertise we can offer, including the provision of very high-quality and reliable genealogical research.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

HARTILL: a pedigree has been placed on official record which shows the children and grandchildren of Edward Theodore Hartill of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, OBE (born 1943). College reference: Surrey 32/78.

WILCOX: an entry consists of six generations of this family, descending from William Wilcox, who was born in 1759 in the State of New York, and who married Hannah Adams in 1800 at Homer, New York. College reference: Surrey 32/65.

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