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May 2021 Newsletter (no. 64)

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: it was announced on 9 April 2021 that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had died that day at Windsor. His Royal Highness’s funeral took place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on 17 April. At the close of the service Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, proclaimed as follows:

Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto His Divine Mercy the late Most High, Mighty and Illustrious Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the Royal Victorian Chain, Grand Master and Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, One of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal in the Army and Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Husband of Her Most Excellent Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, whom may God Preserve and Bless with long life, health and honour and all worldly happiness.

Phillip O’Shea, New Zealand Herald Extraordinary, proclaimed His Royal Highness’s New Zealand styles and titles at the State Memorial Service held at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on 21 April.

News

Patric Dickinson, LVO, retired from the College of Arms on 31 March 2021 after 42 years’ service as an Officer of Arms. He began working at the College in 1968 as a research assistant for Rodney Dennys (Somerset Herald) and Conrad Swan (York Herald). In 1978 he was appointed Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, being promoted to Richmond Herald in 1989. In 2010 he was appointed Norroy and Ulster King of Arms and then some months later Clarenceux King of Arms, an office he held until his retirement. During his long career at the College he served as Earl Marshal’s Secretary and for twenty-five years as Treasurer of the College. Since 2004 he has been the Secretary of the Order of the Garter, in which role he continues. He is well-known in the field of genealogy, being President of the Society of Genealogists, and of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives. He also served as Secretary of the British Record Society for over thirty years. Patric Dickinson was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 2006.

Clarenceux King of Arms: Timothy Duke, lately Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, has been appointed Clarenceux King of Arms in succession to Patric Dickinson LVO, by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 1 April 2021. Timothy Duke was appointed Rouge Dragon Pursuivant on 26 January 1989 and became Chester Herald on 7 August 1995. He has reigned as Norroy and Ulster King of Arms since 1 July 2014. The London Gazette notice can be read here

Norroy and Ulster King of Arms: Robert Noel, lately Lancaster Herald, has been appointed by the Crown to the office of Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, by Letters Patent dated 6 April 2021. Robert Noel was appointed Bluemantle Pursuivant on 27 October 1992 and was promoted to Lancaster Herald on 21 September 1999. The London Gazette notice can be read here.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

ALGAR-FARIA, Gilberto John, of the London Borough of Islington. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 15/2/2021. College reference: Grants 183/140.

Devane patent ACA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Sir Ciarán Gearóid DEVANE of the London Borough of Wandsworth, knight, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 4 March 2021. College reference: Grants 183/152. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Per fess enarched Azure and Vert in chief issuant from the flanks a pair of dexter Forearms fesswise the hands clasped that to the dexter Argent that to the sinister Or in base three Piles reversed throughout Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Vert A demi Elk Gules holding between the forelegs an Owl Or. Mantled Vert doubled Or.

Badge (not illustrated): A pair of Cubit Arms fesswise the hands clasped that to the dexter Argent that to the sinister Or within and issuant from a Chaplet of Honeysuckle flowers slipped and leaved proper.

FACTOR, Mallory, of the City of Westminster and of Gastonburg, Alabama, USA, KCN (Grenada). Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 11/2/2021. College reference: Grants 183/142.

20210430 195732 002A grant of Arms (illustrated right) and Badge was made to Rowena Ruth FELL of Wendover Dean, Buckinghamshire by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 18 January 2021. College reference: Grants 183/157. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Per saltire each line of partition nebuly of two lobes downwards Argent and Vert in chief a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper in base a Sword point downwards proper the hilt Vert garnished Or all within a Double Tressure fracted in each flank and there conjoined to a square Wake Knot Or.

Badge: A Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper ensigning two Keys in saltire Or the whole in front of a Sword point downwards proper the hilt Vert garnished Or.

GURLEY, Henry Davis, of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, fourth in descent from Laurence Eugene O’Keefe, born 1835 in Ireland. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 4/12/2020. College reference: Grants 183/116.

HAVILAND, Christopher Sirmons, of McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA, who was sixth in descent from Lucy Haley formerly Gallup, wife of Stephen Haley of Groton, New London County, Connecticut, USA. She was stated in 1860 to have been aged eighty years and to have been born in Groton. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 15/2/2021. College reference: Grants 183/159.

LEVESON, Sir Brian Henry of the London Borough of Barnet, knight. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/12/2020. College reference: Grants 183/144.

LILANI, Nusrat Mehboob, of the London Borough of Croydon, CBE, DL. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 3/12/2020. College reference: Grants 183/124.

MASON, Nicholas Berkeley, of the London Borough of Camden, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 12/10/2020. College reference: Grants 183/96.

ODGERS, Sir Graeme David William, of Sandwich, Kent, knight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 17/3/2021. College reference: Grants 183/161.

RSL AWARDS LIMITED. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 21/1/2021. College reference: Grants 183/128.

Schaerf from vellumA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Nicholas Marnit SCHAERF of the City of Yarra, Victoria, Australia, by Letters Patent dated 5 February 2021 of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. College reference: Grants 183/146. The Arms, illustrated left, are blazoned as follows:

Arms: Per bend sinister Argent and Gules issuant in dexter base a Mount bendwise sinister the summit indented of one point counterchanged standing thereon a Double-headed Eagle displayed bendwise sinister counterchanged beaked langued legged and gorged with an Ancient Crown Or.

Crest: On a Chapeau per pale Argent and Gules turned up Or a Rod of Aesculapius the staff roughhewn Or the serpent Argent both entwined by a Chinese Dragon standing upon the chapeau Gules armed langued tufted and bellied Or holding in the dexter forefoot a Chisel proper the handle Or and in the sinister forefoot a Carpenter’s Mallet also Or.  Mantled Sable lined Argent

Badge (not illustrated): A Carpenter’s Mallet bendwise the head upwards Or surmounted by a Chisel bendwise sinister proper the handle upwards Or all entwined by a Serpent upright the tail conjoined to the Axon and Telodendria of a Nerve Argent above the whole an Ancient Crown Or

STUART OF EDGBASTON, Gisela (Stuart), Baroness, of Edgbaston, in the City of Birmingham. Arms, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 12/1/2021. College reference: Grants 183/137.

Lectures

Online talks: Patric Dickinson, lately Clarenceux King of Arms, gave three talks recently. On 3 February he spoke on the subject ‘Heraldry Ancient and Modern’ to a group of Blue Badge guides. On 6 February he spoke on 'Understanding Visitation Pedigrees and the Work and Collections of the College of Arms' to the Society of Genealogists. He spoke on ‘Genealogical Research’ to a group of biographers taking part in a Guardian Masterclass, on 25 February.

The Oldie: Patric Dickinson wrote an article about the work of the heralds for the March issue of this magazine.

Tipu's Tiger and its place in British Heraldry: David White, Somerset Herald, spoke to the Heraldry Society of Scotland on this subject on 27 March 2021.

Heraldry and Antiquity: Classical Dimensions in a Medieval Art Form: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, gave a lecture on this subject to Glasgow Antiques and Fine Arts Society on 14 April 2021.

Portable Antiquities Scheme PASt Explorers: on 21 April 2021 Clive Cheesman delivered a heraldry training session to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) ‘PASt Explorers’ project. This is a National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported project whose objects include the recruitment and training of volunteers to form Community Finds Recording Teams that will work together with Finds Liaison Officers to record small finds in the PAS database.

Elsewhere in the Archives

Proclamation of the Peace 29 April 1856 resized

Proclamation of the Peace: On Tuesday 29 April 1856 at St James’s Palace, Sir Charles Young, Garter King of Arms, made a proclamation of Queen Victoria, relating to the treaty of peace then concluded between the United Kingdom and her allies, and the Russian empire. A general thanksgiving for the peace was also declared. A procession of the Officers of Arms on horseback, accompanied by troops of the Life Guards, then made its way to Charing Cross, where the proclamation was read by Norroy King of Arms. The procession then made its traditional journey to the places of proclamation at Temple Bar, Cheapside and finally to the Royal Exchange in the City of London. Although the proclamation appears to have been something of a surprise, immense crowds gathered to hear it. The text of the proclamation may be seen here.

.The image is from the 3 May 1856 edition of the Illustrated London News.

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