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September 2007 Newsletter (No. 14)

 portrait of Peter Le Neve (1661-1729)Peter Le Neve: illustrated left is a portrait of Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), successively Rouge Croix Pursuivant, Richmond Herald and Norroy King of Arms, which is currently on loan from the College of Arms to the exhibition Making History: Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007 at the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition, which has been curated jointly by the Royal Academy and the Society of Antiquaries of London, explores the work and achievements of that society since its foundation in the early eighteenth century. Le Neve, a noted antiquary and collector of manuscripts, was the first Chairman of the society when it was founded in 1707 and its first President in 1717. The exhibition runs from 15 September to 2 December 2007.
The portrait, which has been attributed to George Vertue, shows Peter Le Neve in his tabard of the Royal Arms of Queen Anne, wearing a collar of SS. His own coat of arms is shown in the upper left of the canvas: Argent on a Cross Sable five Fleurs de Lys, in the canton a Crescent for difference, impaled by the Arms of office of Norroy King of Arms.


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Appointment of Chief Herald of Canada: Dr Claire Boudreau has been appointed Chief Herald of Canada with effect from 26 June 2007. She was formerly Deputy Chief Herald of Canada, Saint-Laurent Herald and Registrar of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada and Academician of L'Academie Internationale d'Heraldique. Her appointment follows the retirement of the first Chief Herald of Canada Robert Watt, who served in that position for nearly twenty years, following the creation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in 1988. Mr Watt has now been created Rideau Herald Emeritus in recognition of his notable service to Canadian heraldry.

High Court of Chivalry: the most recent publication by the Harleian Society is Cases in the High Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, edited and calendared by Richard P. Cust and Andrew J. Hopper (ISBN 978-0-9540443-2-9; Harleian Society N.S. 18, London 2006), [37] + 361 pages. It contains detailed abstracts of a great many cases heard in the Court of Chivalry during this most active period of its existence, with transcripts of many of the case papers. The cases form a valuable source for genealogical and biographical research, as well as for social and other historical studies. The volume is available at a price of £35, or as the introductory volume to new subscribers to the Harleian Society: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit the society's website, or write to the Honorary Secretary of the Society at the College of Arms.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

AYNSLEY-GREEN, Sir Albert, of West Harnham, Wiltshire, knight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/4/2007. College reference: Grants 172/204.

COKETHORPE SCHOOL. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1/1/2007. College reference: Grants 172/198.

CRANLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/1/2007. College reference: Grants 172/175.

CRAXFORD, Alan David, of North Shields, Tyne and Wear. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 16/4/2007. College reference: Grants 172/210.

DEWHIRST, Ian Roberts, of Brancepath, Durham. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 21/10/2006. College reference: Grants 172/192.

EATON, Felix Timothy, of Honley, West Yorkshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of arms. 10/9/2006. College reference: Grants 172/154.

EATWELL, John Leonard (Eatwell), Baron, of Stratton St Margaret, Wiltshire. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter King of Arms. 1/7/2006. College reference: Grants 172/166.

EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 24/1/2007. College reference: Grants 172/181.

HOWIE, John Raymond, 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. 26/2/2007. College reference: Grants 172/162.

HUGHES, John William, of Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 19/3/2007. College reference: Ulster Grants 4/219.

JONES, Peter David, of Elstead, Surrey. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 18/3/2007. College reference: Grants 172/158.

MIDLAND OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 19/2/2007. College reference: Grants 172/186.

PRAGNELL, Jeremy Martin, of Chesterton, Warwickshire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 5/3/2007. College reference: Grants 172/177.

PURSGLOVE, Peter John, of the Royal Borough of Arima, Island of Trinidad. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 7/12/2006. College reference: Grants 172/184.

SEWARD, Dame Margaret Helen Elizabeth, of Bournemouth, Dorset, DBE. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 6/3/2007. College reference: Grants 172/179.

STODDART, Alastair Maxwell, of Tarporley, Cheshire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 26/3/2007. College reference: Grants 172/196.

Asprey Holdings Coat of Arms

ASPREY HOLDINGS LIMITED. A grant of Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge was made to this company by Letters Patent dated 5 March 2007. The patent recites the history of the company back to William Asprey, a calico painter believed to have been in business from 1781. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 5/3/2007.

Arms: Per fess Purpure and Or a Pale counterchanged in the Purpure an Asprey Cut Diamond of cushion shape culet downwards Argent and in the Or an Ancient Crown Purpure. Crest: Upon a helm with a Wreath Or and Purpure Issuing from Flames proper an Eagle displayed Purpure beaked and grasping in the dexter claws a Silversmith's Raising Hammer and in the sinister an Estoile of five rays Or. Supporters: On the dexter an Alligator Purpure and on the sinister a Lizard Purpure. Badge (not illustrated): An Estoile of five rays Or each enfiling an Ancient Crown Purpure. College reference: Grants 172/171.


Open House: The College of Arms was open to the public on Saturday 15 September as part of the London Open House weekend. Approximately 400 people enjoyed a tour of the Earl Marshal's Court, Waiting Room and Record Room, including an opportunity to see some of the College's manuscript collections.

Kent School Corporation, Connecticut, USA: a devisal of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to this co-educational boarding school by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of arms dated 3 April 2007, to mark its centenary. The Patent was presented in person by Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, York Herald, on 3 June 2007. College reference: Foreign Arms 2/194.

Brand Finance Forum: on 3 September 2007 Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, addressed a forum of brand strategists and analysts at Stationers' Hall, London, on 'The relationship between heraldry and branding'. The event was accompanied by an exhibition relating to corporate heraldry and the many uses and values of heraldry for commercial companies. The forum was organised by Brand Finance, the brand valuation consultancy.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

BENTALL of Woodmansterne, Surrey: a four-generation pedigree showing the children and descendants of Leonard Edward Rowan Bentall of Woodmansterne (born 1911). Connected to HILL, HO, HUNTER, NOEL-TOD and PHILLIPS. Cross-referenced to Surrey 20/162. College reference: Surrey 31/275.

D'OLIER of Dublin, Ireland: seven generations of the D'Olier family headed by Isaac D'Olier of Dublin (born circa 1772), and descending to the present day. Cross-referenced to Ulster's Office Recorded Pedigrees 19/2. College reference: Norfolk 51/89.

HAMILTON: three generations showing the children and grandchildren of John Jeremy Colclough Hamilton of Lampeter, Ceredigion (born 1945). Connected with JONES. Cross-referenced to Surrey 22/34. College reference: Surrey 31/280.

KELLETT: a succession pedigree of five generations, headed by Henry De Castries Kellett (died 1884), father of Sir Henry De Castres Kellett, baronet, and establishing the descent of the baronetcy to the present day. Cross-referenced to Surrey 31/233. College reference: Baronets' Pedigrees 14/343.

KNIGHT of Betchworth, Surrey: a pedigree of six generations headed by the parents of Joseph Knight of Betchworth and of Leigh, Surrey, who married Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Duffield in 1680. The entry descends to the children of Thomas Knight of Brockham in the parish of Betchworth (baptised 1772). Connected to CAPON of Westerham, Kent. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 50/233. College reference: Norfolk 51/91.
PARRY-DE HEVENINGHAM: a pedigree of three generations showing a descent from Norris Warner Parry-De Heveningham, formerly Norris Warner Pughe, of the parish of Baughurst, Hampshire (born 1880). Cross-referenced to Norfolk 24/19. College reference: Surrey 31/286.

Elsewhere in the Records

Badge of the Royal MintIllustrated left is the Badge of the Royal Mint, approved by Her Majesty The Queen and placed on record at the College of Arms.

Behind the Royal Arms is a representation of the dial plate used in the minting process, which is also intended to make a subtle allusion to the Tudor Rose as used on the sovereigns of Henry VII.

College reference: I.85/207.

Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsIllustrated right is the Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which was recently approved by Her Majesty The Queen and duly recorded. The Flag of the Commissioner was also approved and recorded.

College reference I.85/96-97.

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