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December 2014 Newsletter (No. 41) Featured


DBA vol IV cover compressedDictionary of British Arms: the publication of the fourth and final volume of the Dictionary of British Arms Medieval Ordinary completes the first stage of work, which began with a bequest to the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1926 from Lieutenant Colonel George Babington Croft Lyons to produce a new edition of Papworth's Ordinary. For several decades card indexes were compiled listing instances of British Arms, giving an original source for each entry. The index was divided into pre and post 1530, in other words the periods before and after the start of the Heralds' Visitations.

By the 1970s there were approximately 114,000 cards in the pre-1530 ordinary. The work was largely directed from the College of Arms as Sir Anthony Wagner, sometime Garter, was General Editor from 1940 till his death in 1995 and the decision to produce the work as an ordinary was taken in 1979.

Volume One of this monumental work was published in 1992, Volume Two in 1996, Volume Three in 2009 and Volume Four in 2014. The hard work of entering and editing over 20,000 cards for this volume and for Volume Three was undertaken by Sarah Flower at the College of Arms under the direction of the present Garter King of Arms, Thomas Woodcock. Together these four volumes form an index and ordinary to hundreds of manuscript and other sources for medieval British heraldry.

Volume Four and previous volumes are available online from: Boydell & Brewer Ltd., PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DF.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

ALCOCK, Sir Robert James Michael, of Bray in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, GCB, KBE. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 29/10/2013. College reference: Grants 178/38.

BAILEY, Anthony Francis Christopher Graham, of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, son of Alexander Graham Bailey of Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, by Miriam Atsede Bailey his wife. Grant of new Arms and Crest in substitution for those which he bears to him by virtue of his descent from his great great grandfather William Asbury Bailey of Hadley Wood, parish of Kent Park, Middlesex. Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 29/11/2013. College reference: Grants 178/8.

BURTON, Jonathan David Christopher, of Francistown, Republic of Botswana. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 7/2/2014. College reference: Grants 177/328.

CHU, Peter Pui-Gay, of Kowloon, Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, China, JP. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 8/10/2013. College reference: Grants 177/340.

Davies J G patent compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated left) was made to John Geraint DAVIES of Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CBE, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 3 January 2014.

Arms: Per chevron Or and Argent a Chevron cotised between three Distaffs Gules.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Gules A Welsh Terrier sejant erect proper gorged with a Collar of Bezants and supporting with the forepaws a Distaff Gules.

Badge: A plain Cross Or fimbriated compony Argent and Sable surmounted by a Lyre Gules.

College reference: Grants 177/306.

EDDINGTON, Sir Roderick Ian, of Toorak, State of Victoria, Australia, Knight. Arms, Crest and two Badges. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 9/6/2014. College reference: Grants 178/50.

GRAFF, Laurence, of Gstaad, Canton of Bern, Swiss Confederation, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 14/7/2014. College reference: Grants 178/75.

JOHNSON, James Barry, of Bilsborrow, Lancashire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 7/2/2014. College reference: 177/317.

LAMONT, Graham William, of Lorton, Cumbria. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 24/1/2014. College reference: Grants 177/302.

MACKENZIE, Sir John Jeremy George, of Cerne Abbas, Dorset, GCB, OBE. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 8/10/2013. College reference: Grants 178/3.

SHINE, Stephen Frank, of Leatherhead, Surrey, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/3/2014. College reference: Grants 178/31.

TYSON-WOODCOCK, Philip Julian Edward, of Painswick, Gloucestershire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/10/2013. College reference: Grants 177/334.

VERJEE, Rumi (Verjee), Baron, of Portobello, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, CBE. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 22/4/2014. College reference: Grants 178/27.

Ward R patent compressedA grant of Arms (illustrated right) and Crest was made to Robin WARD of the City of Oxford, Clerk in Holy Orders, Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford, and Canon Emeritus of Rochester Cathedral, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 16 May 2014.

Arms: Or gutty d'huile Fretty Gules nailed Or.

Crest (not illustrated): A Wildman of the Woods genuflecting to the dexter Vert holding in his hands a Key wards upwards and inwards Or.

College reference: Grants 178/44.

ZACK, Stephen Neal, of the City of Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 9/5/2014. College reference: Grants 178/64.


Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.: in connection with the exhibition Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England, Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, gave a lecture on 'Heraldry and the College of Arms' on 1 October 2014. During his trip to the USA he was also invited to address a gathering of members of the Order of St John. He also gave spoke at the United States' Institute of Heraldry, the official American body with responsibility for Presidential, state and military heraldry and therefore the equivalent in many ways of the College of Arms.

Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne: David White, Somerset Herald, addressed a public meeting of this society on 29 October on the theme 'The Development of English Heraldry', as part of the Newcastle University Insights series.

Mills Sir Wm croppedBritish Heraldry of the Great War: David White delivered lectures on this subject to meetings of the Australian Heraldry Society in Melbourne on 20 November and Sydney on 21 November.

Illustrated left are the Arms of Sir William Mills, which were granted to him by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 4 December 1923. The design includes multiple references to the Mills bomb, a type of hand grenade, his most famous invention. It is blazoned:

Arms: Azure a Mill-Rind Or on a Chief Argent three Mills' Hand Grenades proper.

Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours Issuant from the Battlements of a Tower a dexter hand grasping and in the act of throwing a Mills' Hand Grenade all proper.

College reference: Grants 91/181.

Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society: David White will speak on the subject of 'British Heraldry in the First World War' to this society on 15 January 2015.

"L'entreprise généalogique": conference in Paris, 27-28 November 2014: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, was a speaker at this conference, which was organized by Stéphane Jettot and Marie Lezowski of the Sorbonne research institute LabEx and took as its theme "Social practice and the genealogical imagination in 15th-19th century Europe". Richmond's paper was entitled "Pedigrees and consumers in Early Modern England"; for a programme of the conference and abstracts of all the papers, see here.


Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England: this lavishly illustrated book, published with the support of the Heraldry Society, consists of a collection of essays by leading scholars of the period which discuss the heraldic world of the Tudor and Stuart period. It is edited by Dr Nigel Ramsay, and includes a chapter by Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, on 'Grants and Confirmations of Arms', and an afterword by Peter O'Donoghue. Details of the book, and copies, may be obtained from eBay or by contacting the Heraldry Society.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

GRAY: four generations of this family have been recorded, setting out a descent from Alexander Reith Gray of Northop, Flint, who married in 1925 Catherine Mary daughter of Stephen Thompson of Liphook, Hampshire. College reference: Surrey 32/157.

MIFSUD: a pedigree of four generations descends to the present day from Charlie John Mifsud of Red Hook, Dutchess County, State of New York, USA. He was born in 1908 as Giovanni Carmelo Angelo Mifsud, on the Island of Gozo, Malta, and was married in 1946 to Florence Evelyn daughter of William Verity of Brooklyn, New York City. College reference: Surrey 32/160.

SMITH: a pedigree of eight generations is headed by Jonathan Smith of the District of Anderson, South Carolina, USA, who fought in the American War of Independence and whose will was proved in 1829. It descends to the present day, via Aaron Waldo Smith of Jackson Township, St Clair County, Missouri, who was married in 1892 to Susan Henrietta daughter of James R. Gilbert. Connected to KADYKOWSKI. College reference: Norfolk 51/51.

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