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June 2008 Newsletter (No. 17)

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals: On 2 May 2008 this company became the City of London's newest Livery Company. It received its certificate of Livery from the Lord Mayor in a ceremony at the Mansion House; on the same day at Guildhall William Hunt, Windsor Herald, presented the Letters Patent by which the Company was granted Supporters to its Arms. The Letters Patent, which were signed and sealed by Garter King of Arms, are dated 1 August 2007. College reference: Grants 173/14.

Arms: Party per fess indented acute Or and Azure three Portcullises chained counterchanged.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A Unicorn forcene Argent armed maned tufted and unguled Or the dexter forehoof enfiling the hasp of a Padlock Azure the sinister supporting a Terrestrial Globe Or the oceans Azure. Mantled Azure doubled Or. Badge (not shown): A Portcullis chained Or within an Annulet the outer edge potenty Azure.

The new Supporters are blazoned On the dexter a Dragon Azure armed langued winged and gorged with a plain Collar attached thereto a Chain reflexed over the back and holding in the sinister foreclaws a Key wards uppermost Or on the sinister a Griffin Azure armed langued beaked winged and holding in the dexter claws a Lightning Flash Or.

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of the College of Arms Newsletter


The Dering Roll: The British Library is making considerable progress with its campaign to retain in Britain this important medieval roll of arms.  To date the Library has received grants of £10,000 from both The Friends of the National Libraries and The Friends of the British Library along with a recent grant award of £40,000 from the Art Fund.  A further application for funding has also been submitted to the National Heritage Memorial Fund for a major grant to help save this national treasure, on which a decision will be made towards the end of June.  Alongside this the Library has received numerous individual donations and pledges towards the appeal, which have made an invaluable contribution, and provided a huge boost to the Library’s fundraising efforts, showing the strength of feeling and support towards the campaign to keep the Dering Roll in the UK.

The deadline to secure the funding for the Dering Roll remains the 19th July 2008 The British Library has asked all those able to assist in the fund-raising necessary to purchase the roll for the nation to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view the British Library. All contributions will be most gratefully received.

Descendants of Queen Victoria

Their Royal Highnesses Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York visited the College of Arms on 8 April and were received by Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter King of Arms. They inspected and signed their entries in this College of Arms official record volume entitled 'Descendants of Queen Victoria'. This important volume bears the signatures of nearly all members of the Royal Family. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent visited the College of Arms on 23 June for the same purpose and was likewise received by Garter King of Arms.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BELL, Sir Peter Robert Frank, of Oadby, Leicestershire, Knight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/12/2007. College reference: Grants 173/81.

BENNET, Peter Douglas, of Bellingham, Northumberland. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/11/2007. College reference: Grants 173/72.

THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIC SOCIETY. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 15/10/2007. College reference: Grants 173/22.

HAMEED, Khalid (Hameed), Baron, of Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden, CBE, DL. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter King of Arms. 20/12/2007. College reference: Grants 173/89.

HESSAYON, David Gerald, of Halstead, Essex, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 19/11/2007. College reference: Grants 173/70.

JATANIA, Devshi Ramji, of Denham, Buckinghamshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/9/2007. College reference: Grants 173/50.

KEENE, Raymond Dennis, of the London Borough of Wandsworth. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/5/2007. College reference: Grants 173/10.

MEREDITH, John Edward Wenham, 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. 22/10/2007. College reference: Grants 173/33.

RANA, Diljit Singh (Rana), Baron, of Malone, co. Antrim. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 12/3/2007. College reference: Ireland Ulster Grants 4/221.

REYNOLDS, Caroline Susan, of Carnforth, Lancashire, DL, wife of Richard James Gillow Reynolds and daughter of Geoffrey Terence Kenyon late of Farley, Berkshire. Arms and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 6/11/2007. College reference: Grants 173/62.

RYDER, Caroline Jane, commonly called Viscountess Sandon, wife of Dudley Adrian Conroy Ryder of Burnt Norton, Gloucestershire, commonly called Viscount Sandon, and daughter of Geoffrey Jack Marks late of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Arms. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 4/7/2007. College reference: Grants 173/4.

SMITH, Peter David, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cardiff and Metropolitan of the Roman Catholic Province of Cardiff, son of Cuthbert Edward Gregory Smith, late of Streatham in the London Borough of Lambeth, deceased. Limitations of grant extended to include other descendants of his late father. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 14/11/2007. College reference: Grants 173/77.

SUNDERLAND, Sir John Michael, of Elstead, Surrey, Knight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 12/10/2007. College reference: Grants 173/12.

TURNER, Alan, of Great Brickhill, Buckinghamshire, CBE. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 8/1/2008. College reference: Grants 173/84.

UNIVERSITY OF CUMBRIA. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 23/10/2007. College reference: Grants 173/30.

WILLIAMS, Paul Michael, of the City and County of Cardiff, OBE. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 27/9/2007. College reference: Grants 173/24.


St Peter’s Trust for Kidney, Bladder and Prostate Research: on 10 June 2008 Peter Gwynn-Jones, Garter King of Arms, addressed a reception for this charity, of which Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester is Patron, held at the College of Arms.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2008: This event took place at Olympia in London on 2-4 May. The College of Arms stand was visited by hundreds of members of the public, whose enquiries about many aspects of heraldry and genealogy were answered by the staff present. The stand also provided an opportunity to see some of our highly-skilled heraldic artists at work. During the show, Patric Dickinson, Richmond Herald, spoke in the Society of Genealogists’ lecture theatre on the subject of ‘The Heralds and the College of Arms – family history resources’. Peter O’Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant, appeared in a live Who Do You Think You Are? event tracing the ancestors of Tony Robinson, actor and television presenter.

Guild of One Name Studies: Peter O’Donoghue spoke at the Conference of this association, which was held on 5 April in Bideford, Devon, on the subject of ‘Genealogical records at the College of Arms’.

The Order of the Garter: the annual service of the Order took place on 16 June 2007 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in the presence of its Sovereign, Her Majesty The Queen. His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales was installed as a Knight Companion of the Order, as were The Lord Luce, GCVO, DL, former Lord Chamberlain to Her Majesty, and Sir Thomas Dunne, KCVO. The Officers of Arms were in attendance.

Friends of The National Archives: Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, was on 17 June 2008 appointed Chairman of this body, which raises the profile of the British public records and supports the work of The National Archives. It undertakes indexing projects, and publishes a journal.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

BARTON: a three-generation pedigree showing the descendants of David Garbutt Barton of Herne Bay, Kent, who married (in 1961) Bernice Ann, daughter of George Birnie Banton of Herne Bay. Cross-referenced to Surrey 30/31. College reference: Surrey 31/309.

FISHER: a five-generation pedigree descending to the present day and headed by Thomas Fisher, Clerk in Holy Orders, Rector of Fermoneeny, Knockloughrin, co. Londonderrry (born 1848), and by his wife Elizabeth Jane, daughter of John Oliver Thompson of Crosby, Liverpool, Lancashire. Connected with WILLIAMS-FISHER. Cross-referenced to Irish Record Pedigrees 28/245, 465; Ulster Pedigrees 2/7. College reference: Norfolk 51/113.

KEEVIL: a pedigree of seven generations showing a descent to the present day from Peter Keevil of North Bradley, Wiltshire, yeoman. He married Mary daughter of John Joyce of Beckington, Somerset in 1839. Connected with HEMS of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. College reference: Norfolk 51/110.

MENDES DA COSTA: a pedigree of four generations showing the descendants of Judah Mendes da Costa (born 1887) and of his wife Esther, daughter of Jonas Ellis, whom he married on 10 November 1910 at West Ham, Essex. Connected with the family of LEVINE, afterwards LEVERE. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 44/16 and Surrey 23/255. College reference: Norfolk 51/105.

RUGGLES-BRISE: a pedigree has been recorded which sets out the succession to the baronetcy of Ruggles-Brise, from Sir John Archibald Ruggles-Brise, of Spain's Hall, Finchingfield, Essex, to his nephew Sir Timothy Edward Ruggles-Brise. Cross-referenced to Baronets' Pedigrees 13/21. College reference: Baronets' Pedigrees 15/3.

SPEED: three generations of this family are headed by Francis Elmer Speed of Knowlton, Kent. He married on 31 December 1889 at S Paul's, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Elinor daughter of Frederick Richards Leyland of Prince's Gate, Kensington, and of Woolton Hall in the City of Liverpool, Lancashire. Connected with FOX-PITT of Knowlton. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 40/244. College reference: Surrey 31/310.

Elsewhere in the Records

Gemmological Association of Great Britain: a Royal Licence was granted to the newly incorporated body permitting it to bear and use the Arms and Crest granted by Letters Patent of the Kings of Arms dated 20 February 1967 to a former body of the same name. College reference: I.85/217. The Certificate of the Kings of Arms exemplifying the Arms to the new body was dated 18 January 2008. College reference: Grants 173/95.

Stowe School Limited BadgeStowe School Limited: a Badge was granted to this school by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, dated 12 November 2007. The Badge is to be used by the school's first girls' boarding house, which was formally opened by Her Majesty The Queen in November 2007 and named Queen's House.

The Badge is blazoned A Representation of Sir John Vanbrugh's Rotunda at Stowe Or issuing from between the pillars thereof a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper between a Shamrock issuing to the dexter and a Thistle issuing to the sinister all with slips conjoined and leaved also proper.

College reference: Standards 5/114.

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