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October 2017 Newsletter (no. 52)

Coll Arm Ms Coll Jern 5 p 3Nelson's Chelengk: A new book on the history of the Chelengk presented to Horatio Nelson by Sultan Selim III after the Battle of the Nile in 1798, was published in October 2017. In Nelson's Lost Jewel, the author Martyn Downer describes the story of the exotic diamond jewel: its presentation to Nelson; the admiral's embellishment of it to make it more impressive; its use among his brother’s descendants as a brooch; its sale at auction in 1895; and its theft from the National Maritime Museum in 1951. An important watercolour painting of the lost Chelengk, recently discovered at the College of Arms and illustrated left, has shed much light on the form it took in Nelson’s lifetime. A replica has been made carefully based on the College’s painting. This uses appropriate diamonds cut in the 18th century or earlier and has been put on display to the public at the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth.



By Letters Patent under the Great Seal dated 22 September 2017, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint Christopher John Fletcher-Vane, Esquire, (lately Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms) as Chester Herald of Arms, vacant by the promotion of Timothy Hugh Stewart Duke, Esquire, now Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, with effect from 1 July 2014. The appointment is gazetted here.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

ALGHANIM, Sir Kutayba Yusuf Ahmed, of the City of Westminster, KCMG. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 26/4/2017. College reference: Grants 180/217.

BAMFORD, Anthony Paul (Bamford), Baron, of Daylesford, Gloucestershire and of Wootton, Staffordshire. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 20/4/2017. College reference: Grants 180/198.

CLARKE, Sir Christopher Simon Courtenay Stephenson, knight, Privy Counsellor. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 13/12/2016. College reference: Grants 180/194.

DANCZAK, Jennifer Christine, of Pluckley, Kent, JP. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/6/2017. College reference: Grants 180/236.

Fiennes Gregory D C patent croppedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to David Christian FIENNES-GREGORY of Hatfield, Doncaster by Letters Patent of Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 26 April 2017. College reference: Grants 180/186. The blazon of the Arms (illustrated left) is as follows:

Arms: Per fess embattled Gules and Azure overall three Long Crosses palewise fitchy in fess Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Gules Issuant from a Saxon Crown Or a demi Stag Gules attired and unguled Or holding between the legs a Miner’s Lamp Or enflamed proper Mantled Gules doubled Or.

Badge (not shown): A Maunch Or enfiling a Mascle Gules.

HOLLAND, Julian Miles, of Kent, OBE, DL. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 12/6/2017. College reference: Grants 180/223.

HOSKING RICHARDS, Ian James, of the City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 11 April 2017. College reference: Grants 180/210.

HUGHES, Medwin, of Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, DL. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/8/217. College reference: Grants 180/299.

JAMES, Graham Richard, Lord Bishop of Norwich. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/5/2017. College reference: Grants 180/212.

KENDRICK, Dame Fiona Marie, of Tadworth, Surrey, DBE. Arms and Badge. In the same patent was granted Arms and Crest for her husband Damon Michael George Kendrick. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/8/2017. College reference: Grants 180/305.

LamareACpatentA grant of Arms and Crest (illustrated right) was made to Andrew James Anthony LAMARE of the London Borough of Lambeth, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 16 May 2017. College reference: Grants 180/192. The blazon reads:

Arms: Per pale Azure and Or a Pallet conjoined to two Chevronels fesswise one in dexter chief and one in sinister base points outwards all counterchanged

Crest: upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure A Pair of Kudu Horns Sable between two Eagle’s Wings that on the dexter Azure that on the sinister Or. Mantled Azure lined Argent.

LANFRANCHI, Allan James, of Murweh, Queensland, Australia, JP. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 3/7/2017. College reference: Grants 180/240.

LEICESTER GRAMMAR SCHOOL TRUST. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 29/6/2017. College reference: Grants 180/233. At a ceremony at the school held on 13 October 2017 Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, presented the Letters Patent on behalf of the Kings of Arms, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire. The Arms can be seen here.

PERRATON-WILLIAMS, Ashley, of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/5/2017. College reference: Grants 180/202.

REDCLIFFE, Neil Graham Morgan, of the City of Westminster. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 3/10/2017. College reference: Grants 180/301.

REED & MACKAY TRAVEL LIMITED. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/8/2017. College reference: Grants 180/262.

Schellhorn M patent compressed moreA grant of Arms and Crest was made to Matthew Timothy SCHELLHORN of the London Borough of Lewisham, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 26 July 2017. College reference: Grants 180/258. The blazon reads:

Arms: Sable a Cross Ermine between four Triton’s Trumpet Shells in saltire points inwards Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Sable A demi Bull Sable armed unguled and winding a Triton’s Trumpet Shell held between the forelegs Or. Mantled Sable doubled Argent.

SCRUTON, Sir Roger Vernon, of Brinkworth, Wiltshire, knight. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 5/4/2017. College reference: Grants 180/221.

WILMINGTON, Richard Robin, of Datchet, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 19/7/2017. College reference: Grants 180/244.


Birmingham International Heraldry Conference: this conference, arranged by the Heraldry Society, the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry, and the Birmingham Heraldry Project, took place on 7 and 8 August 2017 in the Council House, Birmingham. Robert Noel, Lancaster Herald, presided.

Horatian Society: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, spoke to this society in the Old Hall, Lincoln’s Inn, London on 27 September 2017, on the subject “Horace and heraldry – an update, with a word or two on ‘integrity’”.

Heraldry in Old St Pancras Church: Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, delivered the John Brooke-Little Lecture on this subject to the Heraldry Society on 18 October 2017 at the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Visible Identities: Symbolic Codes from Personal Heraldry to Corporate Logos. A symposium with this title will take place at the Society of Antiquaries of London on 6 November 2017; Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, is one of the organizers, in association with Dr Adrian Ailes, Marcus Meer, and Professor Fiona Robertson. Details can be seen here.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

ANSON: a pedigree of nine generations has been placed on official record. This sets out the descent from Thomas Anson, who was on 17 February 1806 created Baron Soberton, of Soberton, co. Southampton, and Viscount Anson, of Shugborough and of Orgreave, co. Stafford. The pedigree ends with the children of Thomas William Robert Hugh (Anson), Earl of Lichfield, and of Henrietta Tamara Juliet his wife, daughter of Henry Vivian Pierpoint (Conyngham), Marquess Conyngham. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 2/153; Surrey 20/356; Peers 10/205. College reference: Norfolk 52/132.

ARNDELL: a pedigree records seven generations of this family, headed by John Arundell otherwise Arundel, of St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, who married in 1819 Honor daughter of Robert Noy. Their son James Arundel otherwise Arndell was of Abderdare, co. Glamorgan, and was baptised in 1824, marrying in 1851 Eliza Ann daughter of John Vater otherwise Lavater. College reference: Norfolk 52/121.

JARVIS: an entry has been placed on record which shows the children and grandchildren of Lionel John Jarvis of Droxford, Hampshire, CBE (born 1955). Connected to WEBBER. College reference: Surrey 32/262.

LUERY: a pedigree shows the descendants of Robert Arnold Luery of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, who married in 1942 Kathleen Dorothy daughter of Sidney Albert Shortman of Epsom, co. Surrey. College reference: Surrey 32/261.

STEWART-SMITH: a pedigree shows a descent to the present day from Ean Kendal Stewart-Smith of Pebmarsh, Essex (born 1907). Also recorded is the ancestry of his wife Edmée Margarethe Barbara daughter of Edmund von Wallerstain und Marnegg and granddaughter of Edmund Mayer bon Marnegg (born 1842), who was married in 1875 to Eleonore Catharina daughter of Johann Nepomuk Hörzinger. Connected with SCHÜTTE. Cross-referenced to Surrey 22/4. College reference: Norfolk 52/124.

Elsewhere in the Records

HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY: Arms and Crest were granted by Letters Patent dated 13 April 1857, to Joseph Harrison Adams of Chadwell Court, Sheriffhales, co. Stafford and of Newport, co. Shropshire, and to his brother Thomas Harper Adams of Anceller House, Edgmond, co. Shropshire. The latter was the founder of Harper Adams Agricultural College, now Harper Adams University. Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to grant a Royal Licence dated 21 September 2015 permitting Harper Adams University to bear the Arms previously granted. College reference: I.85/319. An exemplification of the Arms was accordingly issued by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 28 October 2016. College reference: Grants 180/110.

Elsewhere in the Archives

Marriage of Margaret Tudor 1502 2M1.87Marriage of Margaret Tudor to James IV of Scotland: On 24 January 1502, Scotland and England concluded the Treaty of Perpetual Peace, the first peace agreement between the two realms in over 170 years. A marriage treaty was concluded at the same time, by which the 27-year-old James would marry 12-year-old Margaret, eldest daughter of Henry VII of England. The first part of the marriage took place the following day at the King's Palace of Richmond; and one of the heralds present prepared a detailed account, which is preserved in the archives of the College of Arms.College reference: Coll Arm Ms M1bis f.87.

Illustrated left is a part of this account, where following a Mass, a Sermon, and a procession through the palace, Margaret took the King of Scotland for her husband, and James took Margaret for his wife, albeit through the agency of a proxy, Patrick, Earl of Bothwell. Margaret did not travel to Scotland to her husband for over a year; but a century later it would be through her and this marriage that the Stuarts succeeded the Tudors as Kings of England as well as of Scotland, uniting the thrones for the first time.

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