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March 2013 Newsletter (No. 34)

Sword detail1 A4Sword and Dagger: The College of Arms holds three artefacts that have a traditional association with the battle of Flodden, where English and Scottish forces famously met in September 1513. These consist of a sword (pictured left), a matching dagger, and a ring.

In February 2013, in commemoration of the forthcoming anniversary of the battle, and in the hope of learning more about the items, the College commissioned Dr Ralph Moffat, Curator of European Arms and Armour at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, an acknowledged expert on weaponry of the period, to conduct an examination of the sword and dagger. His report, which can be read here, confirms earlier expert opinion that the sword and dagger set date from the late sixteenth century. They cannot therefore have been present at the battle of  Flodden. A slim possibility remains: that the sword blade itself may be earlier than the set. 

 

News

Richard III, Founder of the College of Arms: as has been widely publicised, excavations sponsored by the Richard III Society and led by the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, resulted in the discovery of the site of a chapel where Richard III was thought to have been buried in 1485. Within the chapel foundations, located underneath a car park in Leicester, a skeleton was found which radiocarbon dating suggested should date from between 1455 and 1540. The skeleton bore wounds consistent with a violent death. An analysis of mitochondrial DNA extracted from the skeleton was then conducted, and a comparison made with two living individuals who are known to be descended in the female line from Richard III's sister. Whilst DNA evidence cannot offer a proof, the results were consistent with the skeleton having some of the same female-line ancestry as the individuals who were tested. More complex DNA analysis is to be undertaken on the Y chromosome. At present the available evidence certainly suggests that the skeleton discovered in September 2012 is that of Richard III and the College of Arms is awaiting future events with great interest.

 

Recent Grants of Arms

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

Addyman-PFA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Peter Vincent ADDYMAN, of the City of York, CBE, by Letters Patent of Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, dated 18 January 2012. College reference: Grants 176/105.

The Arms (illustrated left) are blazoned: Per fess wavy of two points downwards Vert  and Or a Pale per fess wavy counterchanged overall on a Bar wavy of two points downwards per fess wavy of two points downwards Argent and Azure a Pale per fess wavy Azure and Argent between three Anglian helmets two and one Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Vert A Male Griffin segreant Vert holding an Axe Or.

Badge (not illustrated): A Male Griffin segreant Vert holding an Axe Or

AYLWARD, Sir Mansel, of Coed-y-Cymer, Mid Glamorgan, CB. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 12/3/2012. College reference: Grants 176/143.

 FELDMAN OF ELSTREE, Andrew Simon (Feldman), Baron, of Elstree, Hertfordshire. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 25 April 2011. College reference: 176/88.

Monumental-Brass-SocietyMONUMENTAL BRASS SOCIETY: A grant of Arms and Crest (illustrated right) was made to this society, originally established in 1887 as the Cambridge University Association of Brass Collectors, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 22 May 2012. College reference: Grants 176/177.

Arms: Azure a Chevron Or billetty Sable between three Winnowing Fans within a Bordure Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A demi Knight affronty in Armour of the fourteenth century Or garnished Sable holding a Model of a Church in perpendicular style with a central spire Argent the fenestrations Sable.

PATEL, Mayank Bachubhai, of Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, OBE. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 25/4/2012. College reference: Grants 176/155.

PEGRAM, Giles Dominic St Richard, of the London Borough of Haringey, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 23/1/2012. College reference: Grants 176/107.

PHILLIPS, Peter Haydn, of Cookham, Royal County of Berkshire, OBE, DL. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 12/4/2012. College reference: Grants 176/151.

REIBEL, James Steven, of Greenwich, State of Connecticut and of Dartmouth College, State of New Hampshire, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/1/2012. College reference: Grants 176/120.

SCHOBER-ROWE, Kristian Ryan, of East Perth, State of Western Australia, Australia. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 22/2/2012. College reference: Grants 176/131.

STEPHENSON, George Edward, of Oxford Falls, State of New South Wales, Australia. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 7/3/2012. College reference: Grants 176/141.

WHEATCROFT, Patience Jane (Wheatcroft), Baroness, of Blackheath, London Borough of Greenwich. Arms and Supporters. In the same Patent, to her husband Anthony Richard SALTER of Sandgate, Kent: Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 27/7/2012.College reference: Grants 176/124.

WILLIAMS, John Leighton, of the London Borough of Southwark and of Tretower, Powys, QC. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/11/2011. College reference: Grants 176/82.

WOOD, Brendan Timothy, of Auckland, New Zealand. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms.6/2/2012. College reference: Grants 176/135

WOOTTON, David Hugh, of Sevenoaks, Kent. Arms, Crest and Badge. Extension of limitations to the other descendants of his father James Wootton of Silsden, West Yorkshire. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 3/10/2012. College reference: Grants 176/133.

Appointments

Lieutenancy of the City of London: William Hunt, Windsor Herald, recently retired from the Court of Common Council of the City of London, of which he was a member for nine years. Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to appoint him a Lieutenant for the City of London by Letters Patent under the Great Seal dated 24 December 2012.

Appearances

Société Rencesvals: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, attended on 13 August 2012 the 19th International Congress of this society devoted to the study of medieval romance epics, at Wadham College, University of Oxford, and declared the proceedings open.

Lecture in Boston, USA: on 16 October 2012 Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms, delivered a lecture entitled 'Heraldry and Heralds: The Picturesque World of Coats of Arms, Chivalry and Ceremony' at the Boston Athenæum, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Family History Show: Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, has recorded vodcasts for this website relating to the College of Arms, its history, functions, and the vast holdings of genealogical material. The episode is introduced here.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: The College of Arms had a stand at this annual genealogical show, perhaps the largest in the world, at Olympia, London on 22-24 February 2013. Officers and staff were present, taking the opportunity to offer heraldic and genealogical advice to the over 14,000 attendees.

Heraldry Society of Scotland: Peter O'Donoghue presented a lecture to this society in Edinburgh on 23 February 2013, on the subject 'The College of Arms in the Second World War'. He delivered a lecture on a similar subject to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society on 11 March 2013.

College of Arms Foundation: on 7 March 2013 this organization of American friends of the College of Arms hosted a reception at the New York rooms of Holland & Holland, to meet Peter O'Donoghue, Librarian of the College of Arms. Those attending heard about the current project to produce a detailed catalogue of the manuscripts of the heralds' visitations, a body of important volumes which record the arms and pedigrees of many families in England and Wales in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The catalogue, sponsored by the College of Arms Foundation as well as by the Marc Fitch Fund and the College of Arms Trust, is being prepared by Robert Yorke, formerly Archivist of the College.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

TUPPER: a descent of four generations from Henry Tupper of Bignor, West Sussex, MC, DL (born 1896), records that he married first to Violet May daughter of George Bayley; and second to Mary Christine daughter of John Hannaford Loveys. College reference: Surrey 32/95.

WALTHALL: a pedigree of five generations shows a descent to the present day from Edward Walthall Delves Walthall, formerly Edward Walthall Delves Broughton (born 1848). He married Caroline Marion daughter of Charles Augustus Stewart; a Royal Licence of 1887 permitted him and his issue to adopt the surname and Arms of Walthall. Connected with CRISP and JONES. Cross-referenced to Surrey 1/303-4; Norfolk 15/48. College reference: Norfolk 51/227.

WARFIELD: a pedigree has been placed on official record which sets out a descent of seven generations from Samuel Warfield of Blandford, Hampden County, Massachusetts. He was born there in 1780 and married Hannah Pheland. The entry descends to the present day and shows a connection to HIMES and BLESSING. College reference: Norfolk 51/216.

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