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November 2004 Newsletter (No. 3)

 full achievement of the county of SomersetThe full achievement of the county of Somerset, incorporating the new crest and supporters granted to the county council by the English kings of arms.

For further recent grants of arms, see below.

Welcome to the third edition of the College of Arms Newsletter. The aim of the newsletter is to keep interested members of the public up-to-date with the activities of the College of Arms and its officers, including matters of genealogical and heraldic significance such as recent grants of arms and recently recorded pedigrees.

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Recent Grants of Arms

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

ARNOLD HOUSE SCHOOL Limited. Arms and crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms, 20/9/2004. College reference: Grants 170/78. For an image and description of this coat of arms, visit the school's website

BARKER Clive William Robin. Arms and crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 20/7/2004. College reference: Grants 170/16.

CHRISTIAN Anthony Clive, clerk in Holy Orders, MA DPhil, Vicar of Pevensey. Arms and crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 15/12/2003. College reference: Grants 169/335.

DAVENPORT-HINES Richard Peter Treadwell, PhD FRHistS. Two badges, and arms for wife Frances Jane Davenport MA LLB MSc. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms, 14/9/2004. College reference: Grants: 170/65.

FENWICK John Robert Kipling, clerk in Holy Orders, MTheol BA BSc PhD. Arms (being a differenced version of the ancient arms of Fenwick granted on the basis of a pedigree of the grantee recorded at the College of Arms) and badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 6/2/2002. College reference: Grants: 170/26.

HALE OF RICHMOND, Brenda Marjorie (Hale), Baroness, DBE, Lord Justice of Appeal. Arms, supporters and badge. Garter King of Arms, 16/6/2004. College reference: Grants 169/337. A picture and description of this coat of arms will appear, with other recent grants to life peers, in this winter's edition of The Coat of Arms.

JONES Gary John, CBE. Arms and crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 17/9/2004. College reference: Grants: 170/70.

KHAYAT Georges Mario, QC and circuit judge. Arms, crest and badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 8/1/2003. College reference: Grants: 170/1.

NICHOLSON Nigel Patrick, clerk in Holy Orders, Canon of Guildford Cathedral, Major RAChD. Arms and crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 1/5/2003. College reference: Grants: 170/3.

ST JOHN'S College, University of Queensland. Arms, crest and badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms, 27/7/2004. College reference: Grants: 170/30. The arms are based on those shown on the St John's College website with certain necessary distinctions.

SHEPHERD Sir Colin Ryley, Kt. Variation of arms inherited from forebear, granted 10/5/1937, and badge. Also arms for wife Louise, Lady Shepherd (formerly Louise Cleveland). Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 8/7/2004. College references: Grants 170/7, Standards 5/85.

SMITH Bryan Crossley, CBE. Arms and crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 9/8/2004. College reference: Grants 170/29.

SMITH Michael John, sometime W/Cdr RAF. Arms and crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms, 17/10/2004. College reference: Grants 170/68.

SOMERSET County Council. Crest and supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms. 14/10/2003. College reference: Grants 169/320.


Somerset Herald of Arms. On 17 September David Vines White, formerly Rouge Croix Pursuivant, was appointed to the position of Somerset Herald.


Two appearances on BBC 2. On 12 June Patric Dickinson (Richmond) took part in the final episode of 'The Rise of the Celebrity Class', talking about the coats of arms he designed for Cliff Richard and Elton John in the 1980s. On 17 October, in 'Motherland – Moving On' (a programme whose starting point was the use of DNA to explore the origins of black Britons) he was shown helping the descendant of a Jamaican slave-owner trace her white relations.

Visit of The Richard III Society. On 17 November members of The Richard III Society with their patron HRH the Duke of Gloucester, KG, made an evening visit to the College of Arms where they were shown the records and collections by William Hunt (Windsor).

The State Opening of Parliament. Her Majesty the Queen will open Parliament at Westminster on 23 November. The Officers of Arms in ordinary and extraordinary will be in attendance.

Music in Heraldry: the Heraldry Society Constance Egan Lecture. On 24 November Henry Bedingfeld (York) will deliver the 2004 Constance Egan Lecture to the Heraldry Society, at the premises of the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, on the theme of 'Music in Heraldry'.

The Armorial of Haiti: a St Andrew's Day Lecture. On 27 November Clive Cheesman (Rouge Dragon Pursuivant) will give the 2004 St Andrew's Day Lecture to the Heraldry Society of Scotland in Edinburgh, on the topic of the 'Armorial Général du Royaume d'Hayti' which the College plans to publish next year.


The First Hundred Years of New Zealand Heraldry. On 20 October David White (Somerset) lectured on this topic to the Heraldry Society.


The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Officers of the College of Arms were responsible for writing or revising a total of 50 entries in the new DNB which was published on 23 September; all are listed in the bibliography on the College website. In addition, Robert Yorke, College archivist, contributed three entries, and seven articles by the late Michael Maclagan, formerly Richmond Herald, were retained from earlier supplement volumes, bringing the total College of Arms contribution to 60. The entries recount the lives not only of former heralds, but a wide range of antiquaries, scholars, architects, adventurers, spies and one self-proclaimed king. Seventy-three former officers of arms are included in the Dictionary as subjects, as well as four deputy heralds and six other individuals employed by or at the College of Arms, and 100 articles cite manuscripts held in the College as sources.

Bartolomé Bermejo. A learned article by Timothy Noad, herald painter at the College of Arms, on the great Cordoban master Bermejo and the strong Flemish influences on his work, appeared in L'Ancora, the local newspaper of Acqui Terme in Italy, 26 September, p 19. The cathedral of Acqui Terme houses a splendid triptych by Bermejo.

The 'Coat of Arms'. Clive Cheesman (Rouge Dragon) and Peter O'Donoghue (research assistant at the College of Arms) have been appointed joint editors of The Coat of Arms, the journal of the Heraldry Society. This appointment coincides with certain planned changes in the style and character of the journal which will come into effect with the Spring 2005 issue.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

A very small selection of pedigrees recently entered into the College's official records:

CHABOT of the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. A six-generation pedigree from 1862 to the present day with a connected branches of the Drake family. Cross-referenced back to Surrey 27/338. College reference: Norfolk 51/1.

FARROW of Marrickville, Cook's River and various other places in New South Wales. A pedigree of seven generations from 1895. Cross-referenced back to Norfolk 39/115 (a pedigree recorded in 1949 that includes the film actress Mia Farrow and her mother Maureen O'Sullivan). College reference: Norfolk 51/25.

FENWICK of Newinkirk and Nunnykirk co Northumberland and of Lanchester co Durham. A pedigree of twelve generations showing the descent of John Robert Kipling Fenwick, clerk in Holy Orders (born 1951), from Ralph Fenwick of Newinkirk (died in or before 1592), possibly descended from Ralph Fenwick who was recorded as the ancestor of the 'House of Nunniskirk' in the 1666 Heralds' Visitation of Northumberland. Cross-referenced back to C41/26, Surrey 29/237 and Grants 141/294. College reference: Norfolk 51/2.

SHAW of Colne, Bury, Burnley, Haslingden and Habergham Eaves, co Lancaster, Keighley and Skipton co York, and several places in Middlesex, London and Kent. A pedigree of ten generations from Richard Shaw of Langroyd in Colne (buried 9 September 1619) down to the present day. College reference: Norfolk 51/225.

SHERIDAN of Mobberley, co Chester, and Grimsby, co Lincoln. A seven-generation pedigree from 1871 to the present day. Cross-referenced to Grants 166/57. College reference: Norfolk 51/8.

WELLS of Minehead, co Somerset, Cheltenham, co Gloucester, Brighton, co Sussex, and Christchurch, New Zealand. A six-generation pedigree from 1742 to 1994. Cross-referenced back to Grants 50/221 and Peers 9/61. College reference: Norfolk 51/4.

Elsewhere in the Records

003-02National Police Memorial Day. A badge recently approved by HM The Queen for National Police Memorial Day was recorded at the College of Arms with the reference Standards 5/85. It is seen on the right.

The Worshipful Company of Engineers. By Royal Charter dated 26 April 2004 HM The Queen was pleased to incorporate the Masters, Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Engineers of the City of London and to transfer to the new corporate body the arms previously granted, on 29/9/1984, to the Company in its unincorporated state (College reference Grants 147/337). The transfer was recorded here with the reference Additions to Records 5/10.

Grants of arms by other jurisdictions recorded. The following grants or matriculations of arms made by heraldic authorities within the Commonwealth have been entered on record at the College of Arms so as to license the grantees to use the arms in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

CAMERON OF ALLANGRANGE Ewen James Hanning, younger. Quarterly arms, crest and motto matriculated at Lyon Court 6/4/1980. Recorded July 2004 with the reference Scotland 5/80.

HALL Graeme John Leonard. Arms, crest and motto granted by the Chief Herald of Canada 10/1/1995. Recorded August 2004 with the reference Canada 1/12.

WILMONT Barry Lereng. Arms, crest and motto granted by the Chief Herald of Canada 20/2/2004. Recorded August 2004 with the reference Canada 1/14.

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