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September 2006 Newsletter (No. 10)

opening ceremony of the Congress at St AndrewsThe opening ceremony of the Congress at St Andrews was attended by a number of officers of arms from official bodies around the world. This photograph, shows most of these officers, including Hubert Chesshyre, Clarenceux King of Arms, (far left, standing); Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant (third from right, kneeling); and Alastair Bruce, Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary (third from left, kneeling). It is reproduced courtesy of the Congress website,

Welcome to the tenth edition of the College of Arms Newsletter. This has been created 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. It is produced every three months and sent automatically and free to those who subscribe by entering their name and e-mail address in our mailing list. Other benefits for those who submit their names in this way include advance notice of College of Arms events, relevant publications, and media appearances. If you wish to remove your name from this list, to send the newsletter on to a friend, or send a genealogical or heraldic enquiry to the College, please make use of the links listed at the top of this page.


The 27th International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Studies was held in St Andrews, Scotland between 21 and 26 August 2006. The opening ceremony took place on Monday 21 August in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. A number of Officers of Arms from heraldic authorities around the world were in attendance, including several officers from the College of Arms. The conference was based in St Salvator's College in the University of St Andrews. The theme was 'Myth and Propaganda in Heraldry and Genealogy' and more than fifty lectures on related subjects were delivered. Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, served on the Scientific Committee.

Waiting Enquiries

received by the waiting officers of March 1597/8Approximately 3,000 written enquiries are received by the College of Arms each year and each receives the individual attention of an Officer of Arms and is answered by them. A similar number of telephone enquiries are received. Records of these enquiries are maintained, which suggest that a significant minority of them are from the USA, with considerable numbers also originating in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other parts of the world. Those wishing to submit an enquiry can send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The heralds and pursuivants of the College of Arms are on duty or 'in waiting' in succession for a week at a time, in continuation of a rotational system in place since the sixteenth century, and derived in part from systems of waiting upon the King that date from before the establishment of the College of Arms. The College archives include records of these waits, which give details of enquirers, and for most periods information about the work done and fees received. They cover nearly all of the period from the late sixteenth century to the present day. As well as answering enquiries, the Officer in Waiting has final responsibility for the preservation of the records and the building.

For much of the College's history, each wait was performed jointly by a herald and a pursuivant. Illustrated left is a page from a manuscript which records the work done and sums received by the waiting officers of March 1597/8, who were Thomas Lant, Windsor Herald, and William Smith, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant. The total fees received that month for work that was done 'in waiting' amounted to £5 2s 6d, which after costs of 2s 4d had been subtracted, was divided according to the custom of the time between all the officers of the College. [Coll Arm Ms L16/49]

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BURSLEM, Dame Alexandra Vivien, of the parish of Rostherne, co. Chester, DBE, DL, JP. Arms. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/11/2005. College reference: Grants 171/180.

CHARNAUD, Harold John, of Felstead, co. Essex. Arms, Crest and Badge. Limitations extended to include descendants of his father Harold John Charnaud, late of Dunmow, co. Essex. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 15/11/2005. College reference: Grants 171/203.

ENGLISH, Sir Terence Alexander Hawthorne, KBE. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 10/2/2006. College reference: Grants 171/170.

FRITCHIE, Irene Tordoff (Fritchie), Baroness, of Gloucester, co. Gloucester, DBE. Arms, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 20/3/2006. College reference: Grants 171/211.

HALE, Rita Vivienne, of the London Borough of Islington, OBE. Arms. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 6/4/2006. College reference: Grants 171/219.

HARDY, Paul; Jonathan, of the City of Tokyo, Japan. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 16/2/2006. College reference: Grants 171/172.

MAJOR, Sir John, of the parish of Great Stukeley, co. Cambridge, KG, CH. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 5/3/2006. College reference: Grants 171/192.

MILLER, Richard Bruce Bernadotte, of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 23/12/2005. College reference: Grants 171/205.

RAINE'S FOUNDATION SCHOOL TRUST. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 22/6/2006. College reference: Grants 171/266.

ROBERTS, Nigel, of the Island of Alderney. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/3/2006. College reference: Grants 171/162.

SOLOMON, Norman Stafford, of the City of Nassau, Commonwealth of Bahamas, CMG. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 27/3/2006. College reference: Grants 171/214.

TITCHMARSH, Alan Fred, of Holybourne, co. Hampshire and of Cowes, co. Isle of Wight, MBE, DL. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 2/2/2006. College reference: Grants 171/228.

WILSON, James Arthur Filmer, of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. Arms and Crest. Limitations extended to include descendants of his grandfather Arthur Stanley Wilson late of Cottingham, co. York. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 7/12/2005. College reference: Grants 171/201.

WILSON, Patricia Frances, of Broughton, co. Lancaster. Arms and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/8/2005. College reference: Grants 171/176.

LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITYLIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITY: Illustrated left are the Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters granted by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, to this new ecumenical Christian university, by Letters Patent dated 10 April 2006.

The Arms are blazoned Gules a Cross engrailed of one point on each limb Argent surmounted by an open Book proper bound Azure and in the first quarter a mullet radiated Argent.

The Crest is Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules Upon the Capital of an Ionic Column a Lamb passant Argent supporting with its dexter forefoot over the shoulder a Staff Or entwined with Sprigs of Laurel and Olive alternately both proper and terminating in an Escallop Or Mantled Gules doubled Argent.

The Badge is blazoned A Liver Bird volant to the dexter Sable beaked and membered Or holding in the beak a Mullet radiated Argent.

College reference: Grants 171/223.


The Order of the Bath: the service of the Order is held every four years, in the chapel of the Order in Westminster Abbey. It took place this year on 17 May in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, and of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Great Master. The heraldic banners, crests and stallplates of seven Knights Grand Cross were already in place in the chapel; the ceremony of installation of these seven Knights took place during the service. Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter King of Arms and Genealogist of the Order, was part of the procession. He is responsible for the oversight of all heraldic matters related to the Order, including the preparation of trappings for the stalls in Westminster Abbey.

St Andrews: Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, delivered a lecture entitled 'Penyston, Hatton, and three English Kings of Arms in search of Quarterings' on the first full day of the Congress.

The Heraldry Society: David White, Somerset Herald and President of the Society, will address a meeting on Wednesday 15th November, on the subject of 'The Heraldry of the Seven Years' War'.

Exhibitions and Receptions

The Coat of Arms: an article entitled 'Heralds at the Delhi Durbars' by Peter O'Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant was published in the September issue of The Coat of Arms, journal of the Heraldry Society. It discusses the rôles and significance of the four heralds who served at the great Imperial Durbars of the British Empire in India. In the same issue David Gelber discusses the biographies of Tudor and Jacobean heralds in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

FOX: a pedigree of eight generations shows a descent from Francis Fox of St Germains, co. Cornwall, buried 1670. The entry ends with the children of Francis Ker Fox of Brislington, co. Somerset (died 1883). Cross-referenced to Irish Record Pedigrees 20/191-6; 20D14/187; 19D14/54-7; Norfolk 51/7. College reference: Norfolk 51/69.

GOLD: a pedigree showing a descent from Henry Gold of St Pancras, co. London and of Maidenhead, co. Berkshire (died 1900). Connected to the families of Fraser and Judd. Cross-referenced to Surrey 29/349. College reference: Surrey 31/252.

GREENWOOD: A pedigree shows four generations of the Greenwood family of the islands of Fano, Malta, Corfu and Cyprus. Descents are shown from two daughters of this family, which connect to the Wilson and Maclaughan families of Cyprus, and thence to the Roe, Russell, Addington, Walker, Carpenter and Motherwell families. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 50/237. College reference: Norfolk 51/77.

HENLEY: a pedigree of five generations showing a descent from Robert Henley of Putney, co. London (Born 1831). Cross-referenced to Peers 9/277. College reference: Surrey 31/230.

WASHBOURNE of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and of Canterbury, New Zealand. A pedigree of eleven generations descending to the present day and headed by Giles Washbourne of Bengeworth, co. Worcester, buried there in 1636. Cross-referenced to C30/39. College reference: Norfolk 51/73.

WILLIAMS of Jamaica and of Huron County, Ontario, Canada. A pedigree of six generations descending to the present day and headed by Charles White Williams of the County of Surrey, on the Island of Jamaica, baptized in 1769. Cross-referenced to 9D14/229. College reference: Surrey 31/257.

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