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March 2011 Newsletter (No. 28)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Coat of Arms
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Coat of Arms

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society

A grant of Arms and Crest was made to this long-established body by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 10 May 2010. The Society, which was founded in 1840, runs several musical ensembles including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and also runs the Royal Philharmonic Hall. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Argent on a Fess between two Bars engrailed Azure a Bar engrailed Argent in Chief a Lion Passant Gules armed and langued Azure.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure In front of a demi Sun in Splendour Or a Liver Bird wings elevated and inverted Sable beaked Or holding in the beak a Clarion also Gold Mantled Azure doubled Argent.

College reference: Grants 175/78.

Welcome to the twenty-eighth edition of the College of Arms Newsletter.


 ceremonial for the funeral service of Winston ChurchillSir Winston Churchill, KG, OM, CH: January saw the 46th anniversary of the death and funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, who died on 24 January 1965. Footage of the State Funeral of 30 January following has been published online by the BBC here. As a state occasion the funeral was organized by the Earl Marshal, with the Officers of Arms acting as his staff; many of the records of the arrangements are maintained in the archives of the College of Arms. Illustrated right is the ceremonial for the funeral service.

Centenary of Society of Genealogists: 2011 marks the centenary of the Society of Genealogists. It is perhaps surprising to learn that in February 1911 the proposed formation of the Society was opposed by the College of Arms. The heralds were evidently worried that the Society would divert professional genealogical work away from the College. Negotiations ensued, as a result of which a number of changes were made to the draft Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Society. Its incorporation as a company duly went ahead on 8 May 1911. Relations between the two bodies are altogether more cordial a century later. Several Officers of Arms have taken an active part in the Society's affairs, and the current President of the Society is Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms. He has written a short piece about the 1911 dispute for the recently published Society of Genealogists: a century of family history. Arms were granted to the Society on the occasion of its 75th anniversary in 1986.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BROMFIELD, Simon Charles, of Upper Wield, Hampshire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/4/2010.College reference: Grants 175/100.

Arms of Richard Starr BucksA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Richard Starr BUCKS of Merrow, Surrey, by Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. In the same Patent, dated 20 September 2010, Arms (illustrated left) were granted for Teresa Anne Bucks his wife.

These are blazoned: Argent a Panther's Face Sable between three Roundels Gules each encircled by a Horseshoe Sable.

College reference: Grants 175/119.

CHARTERED INSTITUTE FOR SECURITIES & INVESTMENT. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 25/5/2010. College reference: Grants 175/67. For a discussion of the coat of Arms see their website here.

DAVIS, Stephen Roger, of the London Borough of Lewisham, OBE. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 6/4/2010. College reference: Grants 175/74.

HOWELL, Roger Steven Peregrine, of Sheraton, Durham. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 25/8/2010. College reference: Grants 175/109.

NITTI, Robert Charles, of Ringwood, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 23/2/2010. College reference: Grants 175/57.

Arms of David Christopher LaneA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made by Letters Patent of Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 14 August 2010 to David Christopher LANE of Sandal, West Yorkshire.

Arms: Azure a Pile reversed couped throughout Or three Estoiles counterchanged.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure An edible Crab proper holding in the dexter claw a Dagger erect Azure hilt and pomel Or. Mantled Azure lined Or.

Badge (not illustrated): An equilateral Triangle Azure charged with an Estoile Or.

College reference: Grants 175/55.

NORMAN, Howard John Floyd, of the City of Paris, French Republic. Arms, Crest and Badge. Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms.

OLIVER, Sir Stephen John Lindsay of the London Borough of Lewisham, knight. Arms and Crest. In the same patent a grant of Arms was made to Ann Dawn, Lady Oliver, his wife. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 16/8/2010. College reference: Grants 175/106.

THOROGOOD, Christopher John, of Writtle, Essex. Arms, Crest and Badge. The limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of his late father Samuel John Thorogood. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 12/7/2010. College reference: Grants 175/87.

WAKEHAM, Sir William Arnot, of the parish of Rewe, Devon, knight. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/6/2010. College reference: Grants 175/83.

WILDING, Barbara, of Lower Tythegston, Mid Glamorgan, CBE, QPM. Arms. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 7/6/2010. College reference: Grants 175/63.

WRIGHT, Sir David John, of Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, GCMG, LVO. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 5/8/2010. College reference: Grants 175/91.


Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, has been appointed a member of the Lord Chancellor's Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research.

New ArchivistNew archivist: After 32 years as Archivist at the College of Arms, Robert Yorke (right) has now retired from that position, to take up a different role at the College of Arms, working towards the publication of a new volume of the catalogue of manuscripts, which is to cover the important series of records and collections relating to the heralds' visitations. The College's new Archivist is Matthew Jones (left). He previously worked at East Sussex Record Office and Dorset Record Office, before becoming Archivist at Portsmouth Museums and Records Service. After a spell working for Nick Herbert MP, now Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, he has now returned to the world of archives.


The Last Days of Heraldry: Richmond Herald gave a lecture with this title to the Heraldry Society of Scotland at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh on 26 February 2011.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: The College of Arms had a stand at this annual genealogical show at Olympia, London on 25-27 February, which provided an opportunity to explain the history, functions and activities of the College, and to answer visitors' questions on a wide variety of heraldic and genealogical topics. Visitors also had a chance to see the College's heraldic artists at work.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

BOGGIS-ROLFE: an entry records four generations of this family, headed by Douglass Horace Boggis-Rolfe of Wormingford, Essex (born 1874). Connected with HEYDEMAN and COLLINS. Cross-referenced to Surrey 4/59 and Norfolk 34/195. College reference: Surrey 32/33.

FISHER: a pedigree of four generations descends to the present day from Charles Howard Kerridge Fisher of Compton Surrey, formerly of the Borough of Acton, Middlesex. He married in 1923 to Ethel Mary daughter of Sidney Reclift Chope. College reference: Surrey 32/46.

GRAINGER: a pedigree records a six-generation descent from George Albert Grainger of Camberwell, co. London (born 1865), and Emma Louisa his wife, daughter of George James Davis. College reference: Surrey 32/43.

HARCOURT: a pedigree records a descent from Sir Thomas Harcourt of Ellenhall, Staffordshire, of Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, and of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire (died 1420). The descent continues via the families of BESILLS, FETIPLACE, PUREFOY, DORNE or THORNE. Three generations of the DUDLEY family include Thomas Dudley of Roxbury, Massachusetts, who emigrated to New England in 1630 in the "Winthrop Fleet" with his wife, two sons and four daughters. The descent then continues via the families of DENISON, five generations of ROGERS, then WENDELL, GOODWIN, WARNER and MILLAR. It concludes with a descent to the present day from James Millar of Plymouth, Massachusetts (born 1873), who married Margaret daughter of William Pearson Warner of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cross-referenced to: Dugdale trefoil part 2/34; H20/14b; C12 part 2/133; G12/65; C8/65b-66; C14/146b-147. College reference: Norfolk 51/177.

SMITH and NEVILLE-SMITH: a pedigree of five generations is headed by Sir George John Smith of Truro, Cornwall (born 1845). He married Jane Symons, daughter of Edward Burgess of Wells, Somerset. Cross-referenced to Surrey 15/333. College reference: Surrey 32/39.

TRY: An entry records seven generations of this family, headed by Thomas Try of Hardwicke, Gloucestershire (died circa 1671), who married Anna daughter and coheir of Richard Jones of Hanham, Gloucestershire. It descends to Sarah Emma daughter of Hardwick (otherwise Hardwick Shakespeare) Trye, of Mile End Old Town, Middlesex. She married in 1852 to James Richards. Connected to WHITE and PAYNE. College reference: Norfolk 51/176.

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