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April 2018 Newsletter (no. 54)

St Edwards School compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated right) was made to ST EDWARD’S SCHOOL, in Oxford, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 5 December 2017. The Patent recites in brief the history of the foundation, from its establishment in 1863. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Azure a Cross flory between four Ancient Crowns impaling Per fess Sable and Or a Pale counterchanged in the Or an Ermine Spot Sable and in the Sable a Trefoil slipped Or the whole within a Bordure also Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Issuant from a Cup Or a Dagger erect point downwards Argent hilt and pommel Or.

Badge (not illustrated): Issuant from a Cup Or a Dagger erect downwards Argent hilt and pommel Or.

College reference: Grants 181/40.

News

Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod: Lieutenant General David Leakey, CMG, CVO, CBE, was received by The Queen on 13 February 2018 upon relinquishing his appointment as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod. Miss Sarah Clarke was received by Her Majesty, took the Oath upon her appointment as Lady Usher of the Black Rod and received the Insignia of Office. Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, was in attendance and administered the Oath.

Order of the Garter: The Queen has been graciously pleased to appoint the Viscount Brookeborough to be a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and Dame Mary Fagan to be a Lady Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Dame Mary Fagan, DCVO served as Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire between 1994 and 2014 and was also Chancellor of the University of Winchester from 2006 until 2014. Upon her admission to the Order she will be styled Lady Mary Fagan. Alan Henry (Brooke), 3rd Viscount Brookeborough, has served as Personal Lord in Waiting to The Queen since 1997 and has been Lord Lieutenant of Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland since 2012. He served with HM Armed Forces between 1971 and 1994, with 17th/21st Lancers, the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Irish Regiment. Lord Brookeborough is the grandson of Basil (Brooke), 1st Viscount Brookeborough, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland 1943-1963, and the great great nephew of Field Marshal Alan (Brooke), 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1941-1946, both of whom were Knights of the Garter.

Common Council of the City of London: John Petrie, Rouge Croix Pursuivant, was on 22 March 2018 elected as a member of Common Council for the ward of Billingsgate in the City of London.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BLISS, Philip Laurence, of the City of Boroondara, Victoria, Australia, OAM. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 4/1/2018. College reference: Grants 181/43.

DANIEL, Susan Rosalind, of the London Borough of Islington. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 31/1/2018. College reference: Grants 181/76.

EDWARDS, Patricia Anne, of the London Borough of Southwark. Arms. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 29/12/2017. College reference: Grants 181/66.

GRANDY, Leon Daniel, of the City of Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/11/2017. College reference: Grants 181/78.

HARRIS, David Raymond, of Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 30/8/2017. College reference: Grants 181/53.

HERBAGE, Paul David, of the London Borough of Hillingdon, MBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 24/1/2018. College reference: Grants 181/68.

HOLT, Robert, of the City of Westminster, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 11/1/2018. College reference: Grants 181/62.

HOUGHTON OF RICHMOND, John Nicholas (Houghton), Baron, of Richmond, North Yorkshire, GCB, CBE. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 3/1/2018. College reference: Grants 181/72.

Kozac R JA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Richard Jerzy KOZAK of the London Borough of Southwark, JP, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 1 March 2018. College reference: Grants 181/107. The achievement is illustrated left; and the blazon is as follows:

Arms: Argent two Foxes combatant Gules on a Chief Gules an Eagle displayed Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules Issuant from a Circlet checky Argent and Gules a Mount Vert thereon a Mouflon statant guardant Sable armed Or between two Lily of the Valley Plants the flowers outwards proper.

Badge (not shown): A Mouflon’s Head caboshed Sable armed Or within a Circlet of Lily of the Valley flowers linked by their stems proper.

LAMPARD, Francis James, of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 10/1/2018. College reference: Grants 181/80.

LANKFORD-STOKES, Michael Gerton, of Middletown Township, Monmouth County New Jersey, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 23/11/2017. College reference: Grants 181/60.

MYERS, Francis Ignatius, of Woldingham, Surrey. Arms, Crest and Badge. In the same Patent Arms for Catherine MYERS of the same place, OBE, his wife. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/12/2017. College reference: Grants 181/25.

RAWLINS, Sir Michael David, of the London Borough of Islington, GBE. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 15/11/2017. College reference: Grants 181/30.

Wheat M ACA grant of Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge was made to John Marc WHEAT of Arlington County, Virginia, USA, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 27 February 2018. College reference: Grants 181/109. The Arms and Crest are illustrated right; the blazon reads:

Arms: Azure on a Pale Or between two Bells Argent each in front of and enfiled through the ring by the stem of an Ear of Wheat slipped Or a Bell in front of and enfiled through the ring by the stem of an Ear of Wheat slipped Azure.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A demi heraldic Tyger holding in the dexter paw a Pentagon Azure fimbriated and charged with a Horseshoe Or.

Badge (not shown): A voided Pentagon Azure surmounting three Ears of Wheat slipped one in pale and two in saltire Or.

Lectures

Guild of One Name Studies: Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, spoke to the annual conference of this society for the study of the genealogies of surnames, of which he is Patron, on 24 March 2018 in Wakefield.

Leyland Historical Society: on 9 April 2018 Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, addressed this society at South Ribble Borough Council Civic Centre, on 'The Heralds' Visitations of Lancashire'.

IMG 0047 002Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts: Christopher Harvey, Head of Conservation, spoke at this conference organised by The Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen. His attendance was generously supported by the White Lion Society. The paper, entitled 'Collections within collections: Conservation of Bindings of Multiple Manuscripts at the College of Arms Library, London', presented a case study of the conservation of two early manuscript volumes. The study demonstrated the often complex nature of remedial treatment, highlighting the importance of documentation and collation, together with research into the creation of structures that compensate and support manuscript book blocks with sections of varying thicknesses. Many College volumes include different manuscripts bound together, and each section therefore needs bespoke treatment. He concluded with an overview of aspects of conservation practical, technology and materials on which the department has recently focussed. An abstract of his paper can be seen here.

The image left shows the consolidation of fragile pigments of College of Arms Ms M.5b  - a 15th century German roll of arms known as the ‘Hyghalmen Roll' - using a 2% Isinglass solution.

Heraldry and the Heralds Ancient and Modern: a talk on this subject will be given by Timothy Duke, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, at Winchester Discovery Centre on 11 May, to raise funds for St John Ambulance Hampshire. Details may be had here

Elsewhere in the Archives

Account book 1708 compressedThe archives of the College of Arms include this account book, which records sums paid over the years 1708- 1710. Internal evidence suggests that the author may have been a member of the Kettle family of Waterbeach in the County of Cambridge. The items include references to sums paid to her husband, as well as to tradesmen, family members and others, for the ordered management of the household’s economy. Into this notebook a later owner has, perhaps regrettably, stuck a cut-up copy of The Arms of all the Cities and Borough-towns in England and Wales, engraved and published in large sheets by William Jackson in 1714.

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