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October 2016 Newsletter (no. 48)

Sir John Carre of Hart 1516 grant of BadgeGrant of a Badge to Sir John Carre of Hart co. Durham: The White Lion Society has generously given the College of Arms one of the earliest surviving patents granting a livery badge. Purchased at the Morningthorpe Manor sale on 9 September 2016, it is the grant of a badge to Sir John Carre of Hart in the Bishopric of Durham made by Thomas Wriothesley, Garter King of Arms, and John Yonge, Norroy, dated 14 March 1515/16 and bearing their armorial seals. Described as a device or cognizance, the badge is the head of a cerf (hart), so a clear pun on Sir John Carre's place of residence. It is depicted on a standard, a tapering flag with the Cross of St George in the hoist.

The patent is known to have been in the possession of the Marquess of Bristol in the 20th century, and is presumed to have been inherited by his family through the marriage in 1688 of his ancestor John Hervey, Earl of Bristol, to Isabella, daughter of Sir Robert Carr, Bt., of Sleaford in Lincolnshire. However, the link between the Carrs of Sleaford and Sir John Carre of Hart has not been established with certainty.

Recent Grants of Arms

Grants of Arms are made by hand-painted and scrivened Letters Patent of the Kings of Arms under the authority of the Crown. Advice about this procedure can be had by contacting the Officer in Waiting. There follows a very small selection of those recently receiving recent grants or exemplifications from the Kings of Arms:

ALBRECHT, Nicholas David, of Auckland, New Zealand. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster King of Arms. 10 June 2016. College reference: Grants 179/251.

Aston University patent compressedA grant of Supporters was made to ASTON UNIVERSITY by Letters Patent of Garter King of Arms dated 29 June 2016. College reference: Grants 179/265. The Supporters (illustrated with the Arms and Crest right), are blazoned as:

Supporters: To the dexter a Canada Goose and to the sinister a Red Squirrel both proper each wreathed about the neck with Gorse Or.

At a Ceremony in Birmingham Cathedral on 29 September 2016 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Aston University, Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, presented the Letters Patent to the University. Footage of the celebration can be seen here.

BOWMAN, Charles Edward Beck, of Tostock, Suffolk. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 29 September 2015. College reference: Grants 179/238.

Brooke of Alverthorpe compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Supporters was made by Letters Patent of Garter King of Arms dated 15 September 2016 to Clive (Brooke), Baron BROOKE OF ALVERTHORPE, of Alverthorpe, West Yorkshire, son of John Brooke late of Alverthorpe, deceased. The Arms and Crest had the limitations extended to include the other descendants of his late father; the Supporters to be borne for life. College reference: Grants 179/325. The blazon reads:

Arms: Vert a Pall wavy bendwise Argent charged with another wavy Azure in dexter chief a Fleur-de-lys bendwise Or fimbriated Ermine

Crest: Upon a Helm with a wreath Argent Or and Vert Issuant from a Circlet of Tally Sticks erect Or a demi Badger proper gorged with a Collar Or charged with a Barrulet wavy Azure supporting with the dexter forepaw a Palmer's Staff Argent pendant therefrom a Scrip Gules fimbriated and charged with a Roundel Or on the Roundel a Triangle throughout Gules

Supporters: On either side a Barn Owl guardant proper perched on a Patriarchal Cross Gules.

CHIBESAKUNDA, Mwelwa, of Lusaka, Republic of Zambia, son of Kenneth Ngoca Chibesakunda. The Letters Patent recite that the petitioner was resident in Lusaka on 25 October 1964, being the day that the Republic of Zambia was established from the territories of the Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 22 April 2016. College reference: Grants 179/285.

COOK, Alan Clifford, of Colchester, Essex. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 29 July 2016. College reference: Grants 179/273.

DICKINSON, John Robert, of Chollerton, Northumberland. Arms and Crest. Garter Norroy and Ulster King of Arms. 20 July 2016. College reference: Grants 179/261.

ESTLIN, Peter Kenneth, of Frant, East Sussex. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 23 August 2016. College reference: Grants 179/298.

GREEN OF DEDDINGTON, Andrew Fleming (Green), Baron, of Deddington, Oxfordshire, KCMG. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 29 October 2015. College reference: Grants 179/248.

HETT, Julia Catharine, of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, daughter of Cyril Ernest Hett late of East Harting, West Sussex, formerly of Aldwickbury, parish of Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, deceased. Arms and Badge. In the same patent was granted a Crest, and the Arms, Crest and Badge to be placed on a monument to the memory of the petitioner's late father, and borne by his other descendants. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 16 July 2016. College reference: Grants 179/263.

LEES, William John, of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, China. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 3 August 2016. College reference: Grants 179/238.

MATERIALS PROCESSING INSTITUTE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster King of Arms. 5 May 2016. College reference: Grants 179/236. The website of this institute has a detailed discussion of the coat of Arms.

RABHERU, Ashok Jivraj, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, CVO, DL. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 9 September 2016. College reference: Grants 179/323.

UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 5/5/2016. College reference: Grants 179/213.


Britain's Lost Masterpieces: an episode of this BBC television programme broadcast on 12 October 2016 featured Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald. Manuscripts and books from the archives of the College of Arms assisted in the interpretation of the subject of a painting at Stormont in Northern Ireland.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

GALWEY: a pedigree of eight generations has been placed on official record. It shows a descent to the present day from William Galwey of Clonbeg, Co. Tipperary, who in 1785 married Lydia Webb. Connected to DESPARD and MCGUINNESS. Cross-referenced to: 5D14/202. College reference: Norfolk 52/96.

GLANVILLE and FOWELL: a pedigree has been recorded which sets out a descent from Sir Francis Glanville of Tavistock, co. Devon, who married 21 September 1604 to Elizabeth daughter of William Crymes otherwise Crimes of Buckland Monachorum, co. Devon. Their daughter Elizabeth was married in 1627 to William FOWELL of Black Hall, parish of North Huish, and of Diptford, both co. Devon, who was the son of William Fowell of Diptford. The pedigree descends to the children of William Fowell, who died in 1714 having married Susanna Smythe. These include Elizabeth, who was married in 1715 to Arthur Hele of Steart, parish of Diptford. Cross referenced to: 1C1/93, 178v., 189v.; D27/96v.; Norfolk 49/36. College reference: Surrey 32/219.

GORING: A pedigree shows a three-generation descent from John Goring of Findon, latterly of Wiston, both in West Sussex, who married in 1947 Lady Hersey Margaret daughter of Patrick James (Boyle), Earl of Glasgow. Cross referenced to: Surrey 11/2; Peers 10/166. College reference: Surrey 32/225.

HOLBERTON: a pedigree of six generations is headed by Thomas Henry Holberton of Mount Street, Grosvenor Square, Middlesex, who was born in 1802. Cross-referenced to: 12D14/186; Surrey 16/312. College reference: Norfolk 52/91.

SEDACCA: An entry shows the parents and the son of Joseph Sedacca of The Bronx, New York City, USA and of Marie Ann his wife, daughter of Angelo RELLA. Cross-referenced to: Surrey 32/96. College reference: Surrey 32/231.

Elsewhere in the Archives

Planche James Robinson bust by Ames van Wart compressedJames Robinson Planché (1796-1880), Somerset Herald, was a prolific playwright who wrote and adapted a great many plays for the British stage in the nineteenth century. He introduced historically accurate costumes to the stage, becoming an expert in this field; this interest draw him into wider antiquarian and historical research. He was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant in 1854, and promoted to Somerset Herald in 1866. His heraldic publications include The Pursuivant of Arms, or, Heraldry founded upon Facts (1851), which was one of the first works of modern heraldic scholarship to rely upon the citation of documentary sources.

Planché will have encountered in the antiquarian societies of London the American sculptor Ames van Wart (1841-1927), who lived in London and Paris from 1873. This bust by him of Planché in his uniform as Somerset Herald is dated 1875. It was given to the College of Arms in 1970 by Ursula Cull, mother-in-law of Sir George Bellew, Garter King of Arms, and herself a descendant of Planché.

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