Oriel College Boat Club

A grant of a Badge was made to The Provost and Scholars of the House of the Blessed Mary the Virgin in Oxford commonly called Oriel College of the Foundation of Edward the Second of famous memory sometime King of England, for the use of Oriel College Boat Club, the Tortoise Club and the Oriel Society, by Letters Patent dated 20 April 2009 of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms. A standard was exemplified, as illustrated left. College reference: Standards 5/125.

The Badge is blazoned A Tortoise displayed the shell circular Azure charged with two concentric annulets Argent.

The Patent was presented to the Provost at Oriel on 30 May by Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant.
The grant was made possible by the gen-erosity of Michael Goolden, an Orielensis and formerly member of the college's first eight.

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

Heraldic Badges in England and Wales: this very significant contribution to heraldic scholarship by Michael Powell Siddons, Wales Herald Extraordinary, has been published for the Society of Antiquaries by the Boydell Press. This monumental work in four volumes fills a serious gap in the literature of heraldry, providing a comprehensive overview of the subject from the fourteenth to the early seventeenth century. It may be ordered from the publisher here.

Illustrated right is a page from the College of Arms manuscript A17, bearing a painting of two standards and Arms and dating from circa 1513. Each standard features the cross of St George, with on the fly, a beast between a scattering of smaller badges. The upper standard is that of George (Nevill), Baron Bergavenny, and bears the pied bull of the Nevills between interlaced double staples. The lower standard is that of Walter (Devereux), Baron Ferrers of Chartley, later Viscount Hereford, and bears a talbot between the badges of a 'french wife's hood' and the Ferrers badge of a horseshoe. The motto is LOIALLE SUYS (I am loyal).

Welcome to the twenty-second edition of the College of Arms Newsletter

Dictionary of British Arms – Medieval Ordinary: the third volume of this projected four-volume work was recently published by the Society of Antiquaries. It is edited by Thomas Woodcock, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, and by Sarah Flower. Being an Ordinary it has arms arranged by their designs; this volume covering arms whose descriptions fall between cross and fess. The book can be purchased from the distributor here.

Illustrated left is a page from part III of Prince Arthur's Book, an early Tudor manuscript at the College of Arms. This section of the volume comprises an ordinary of crosses, part of an important ordinary compiled under Thomas Wriothesley, Garter King of Arms between 1505 and 1534, now dispersed.

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

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