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October 2018 Newsletter (no. 56)

10. Acc 2010 02 2 1919 p. 1 cropped compressedThe First World War ended for practical purposes with the Armistice of 11 November 1918, but the state of war between the belligerents came to an end only after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. Following that Treaty the heralds were dispatched to proclaim the Peace, and this was done on 2 July 1919 from St James's Palace and other key points in London. This article by Oswald Barron, later Maltravers Herald Extraordinary, is from the July 1919 issue of Country Life. It shows Sir Henry Farnham Burke, Garter King of Arms, and Gordon Ambrose Lee, York Herald, making the Proclamation. College of Arms reference: Acc 2010/2.

An online exhibition of other documents from the archives of the College of Arms relating to the First World War can be seen here

News

On Wednesday 19 September 2018, the Minister and Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to UNESCO, Matthew Lodge, congratulated the seven inscriptions joining the International Memory of the World Register, the documentary heritage equivalent of becoming a World Heritage Site. The ceremony was held at Imperial College, London and attended by Dr Lynsey Darby, Archivist of the College of Arms.

UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992 to preserve significant documentary heritage from across the globe for future generations to learn from and enjoy. The Programme’s vision is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and permanently accessible to all without hindrance. The UK Register recognises documentary heritage deemed by a panel of experts on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to be of outstanding significance to the UK.

One of the new inscriptions to the International Register is the ‘Shakespeare Documents’, the key archival sources for understanding William Shakespeare’s life. providing glimpses into Shakespeare’s personal life, his birth, death, family affairs, property and business dealings as well as the context for his life. The archives of the College of Arms hold a number of these significant documents, all of which can be consulted online here

Recent Grants of Arms

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

AIKENS, Sir Richard John Pearson, of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, knight, PC. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/8/2018. College reference: Grants 181/236

ATKINS, Philip Edward Bailey, of Rocester, Staffordshire, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 11/7/2018. College reference: Grants 181/196

BALFE, Richard Andrew (Balfe), Baron, of Dulwich in the London Borough of Southwark. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 10/8/2018. College reference: Grants 181/217.

FERRY, Bryan, of Fittleworth, West Sussex, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/5/2018. College reference: Grants 181/143.

HUTSON, David Simon, of Benacre, Suffolk, LVO. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 5/9/2018. College reference: Grants 181/242.

Janahmadov E patent motto compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Elmar JANAHMADOV of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 29 June 2018. College reference: Grants 181/191. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Azure three Bars wavy Argent overall two Keys palewise addorsed wards upwards bows fretted and conjoined Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A Cubit Arm erect vested Azure the sleeve surmounted by a Mullet of seven points Or the hand proper grasping a Dagger palewise the blade wavy proper the hilt terminating in a Crescent reversed Azure.

Badge (not illustrated): Two Keys palewise addorsed wards upwards bows fretted and conjoined Or.

JENKINS, Sir Paul Christopher, of Rushlake Green, East Sussex, KCB. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 13/2/2018. College reference: Grants 181/246

MUTHIAH, Ashwin Chidambaram, of Mount Echo Park, Singapore, of the City of Chennai, India and of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 13/8/2018. College reference: Grants 181/207

Norris003A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Sir Alastair Hubert NORRIS of Marlow, Buckinghamshire, knight, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 3 September 2018. College reference: Grants 181, 223. The blazon reads:

Arms: Sable on a Chevron Or between three Fleeces Argent three Millrinds Sable on a Chief Argent three Roses Gules.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Sable An Oystercatcher proper holding in the dexter foot a sinister Hand appaumy couped at the wrist Gules.

Badge (not illustrated): Standing on a Capstan Sable an Eagle displayed Or.

OMAND, Sir David Bruce, of the London Borough of Islington, GCB. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 22/8/2018. College reference: Grants 181/229

READING BLUE COAT SCHOOL. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 13/8/2018. College reference: Grants 181/225

STERLING, Sir Michael John Howard, of Little Rissington, Gloucestershire, knight. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 6/7/2018. College reference: Grants 181/205

STEVENS, Sir Michael John, of Warsash, Hampshire, KCVO. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 2/7/2018. College reference: Grants 181/234

THOMAS, Sir Eric Jackson, of Mottisfont, Hampshire, knight. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 19/6/2018. College reference: Grants 181/240.

TRUE, Nicholas Edward (True), Baron, of East Sheen in the County of Surrey, CBE. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 1/8/2018. College reference: Grants 181/202

Lectures

Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society: Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms, gave a lecture entitled ‘William Camden and the 1618 Grant of Arms to the Borough of Berkhamsted’ to this society in Berkhamsted Town Hall on 26 September 2018, the day after the 400th anniversary of the grant which was made by Camden as Clarenceux.

Heraldry Society: on 17 October 2018, Clarenceux also gave the John Brooke-Little Lecture to the Heraldry Society entitled ‘Fifty Years at the College of Arms: A retrospective glance’. David White, Somerset Herald, will address the Society on 19 December 2018 on the subject of 'The British Heraldry of the First World War'. All Heraldry Society lectures are free and open to all.

James PercyThe Inner Temple History Society: On 15 October 2018 Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, gave a talk entitled Peerage Law, Its Evolution and Hereditary Peerage and Baronetcy Claims in the 21st Century. This included reference to James Percy, the trunk maker who claimed the Earldom of Northumberland. James Percy’s claim, set out in the publication illustrated here from the collection of Thomas Woodcock, was dismissed by the House of Lords as “groundless, false and scandalous” and he was sentenced to stand in Westminster Hall bearing a paper on his breast inscribed “the false and impudent pretender to the Earldom of Northumberland”.

City of Bath Heraldic Society: David White, Somerset Herald, spoke to this society on 20 October 2018 about the Arms of Captain Cook, revisited and reconsidered.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

FIGG-HOBLYN: A pedigree of four generations has been placed on official record. It is headed by Thomas Richard William Francis Figg-Hoblyn (formerly Figg) born 1886 in Canada, and later of Cornwall and Illinois. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 22/175. College reference: Surrey 32/283.

FITCH: A pedigree has been recorded which shows a descent of nine generations to the present day from Isaac Fitch of New London County, Connecticut. It includes Ashbel Fitch, member of the United States House of Representatives from 1887-1893, and Comptroller of New York City 1893-1897. College reference: Norfolk 52/158.

MILLS: A pedigree of four generations is headed by Joseph Mills, Coal Master, of the Beeches, Kingswinford, Staffordshire, died 21 December 1889. College reference: Surrey 32/285

STRANGWAYES: A pedigree of five generations is headed by Edward Swainston Strangwayes (1808-1887), and shows a descent from his third wife, born Mary Jane Fisher, to the present day. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 13/48, Surrey 1/98. College reference Norfolk 52/157

 

Elsewhere in the Archives

Arms of Charles IIElias Ashmole, Windsor Herald, and the Arms of France: in 1340, King Edward III of England claimed the throne of France as the closest male relative (albeit through a female line) of the late French King Charles IV. To reflect this claim in heraldry, the fleurs de lis of the royal Arms of France were quartered with the three lions of England by Edward and his successors. By the time of the Restoration of 1660, the claim to France by the kings of England had become purely nominal, and the newly crowned Charles II, who led a rapprochement with France, contemplated removing the French quarter from the arms of England. This provoked an anxious letter from Elias Ashmole (Windsor Herald 1660-1675, and founder of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford), of which a transcript, interspersed with sceptical annotations by John Anstis (Garter King of Arms 1718-1744) is preserved at the College of Arms. Ashmole presents to the King historical and material evidence to argue that the arms of England and France were impartible and begs him to weigh the heraldic and political considerations carefully before acting in ‘an affair of so Publick and high a Concern’. The King took Ashmole’s advice, but his successors did not; after the Act of Union with Scotland in 1707 the arms of England and Scotland were impaled within the Royal Arms, and France was displayed as a separate quarter, and after the Act of Union with Ireland in 1801, the French quartering was removed altogether. College Reference: Miscellaneous Collections 2/37. The illustration of the Arms of Charles II right is from College of Arms Ms Sir Edward Walker's Nobility temp. Chas II, p. 1.

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