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June 2012 Newsletter (No. 33)

Connaught during the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant
Connaught during the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

Welcome to the thirty-third edition of the College of Arms Newsletter.

Pictured left is the Connaught, on which Her Majesty’s United Kingdom and Canadian Heralds travelled during the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant on 3 June 2012. The aft section of the vessel is decorated with banners showing the badges of the heralds on board.


Diamond Jubilee

Thames Pageant: The official celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee culminated in London with the extended weekend of 2-5 June. The Thames Pageant drew upon the long tradition of Royal and ceremonial passages on the river. The Officers of Arms for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, were joined by those for Scotland and for Canada, on the vessel Connaught, as part of the Royal Squadron. After lining the pier at Chelsea for Her Majesty's embarkation, the heralds' own vessel then took its position immediately in front of the Royal Barge, and sailed down river. Each bridge was saluted by trumpeters of the Royal Marines who were also on board to announce the imminent arrival of the Sovereign. Details of the pageant can be seen here with images of the Connaught available here and a BBC time-lapse film of the whole pageant here.

National Service of Thanksgiving: In a continuation of established tradition the centre of the national Jubilee celebrations was a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London on 5 June 2012 in the presence of Her Majesty. The Officers of Arms were in attendance.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

AGGARWAL, Raj Kumar, of Llandaff, South Glamorgan, OBE, DL. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 7/11/2011. College reference: Grants 176/60.

EDWARDS, Eileen Muriel, of the City of Westminster, widow of Randall Edwards, daughter of Clement Alexander Allenby, both deceased. Arms. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 6/9/2011. College reference: Grants 176/69.

EVANS, David Gordon, of Sarasota, Florida, USA. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/11/2011. College reference: Grants 176/58.

GAINES-COOPER, Robert, of the Island of Mahé, Republic of Seychelles. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 18/11/2011. College reference: Grants 176/76.

GRADE OF YARMOUTH, Michael Ian (Grade), Baron, CBE. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter King of Arms. 9/5/2012. College reference: Grants 176/36.

HANNEY, Malcolm Charles, of Chew Magna, Somerset, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 28/10/2011. College reference: Grants 176/50.

JORDAN, Henry Cecil, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/9/2011. College reference: Grants 176/17.

LINDLEY, Leon, of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, JP. Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1/2/2012. College reference: Standards 5/147.

MCCLINTOCK, Lowell Vernon, of Yorktown, Virginia, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms.

READING, Alison Wendy, of the parish of Dee Why, New South Wales, Australia, JP, wife of Christopher Garle Reading and daughter of William Milton Wray, deceased. Arms. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/8/2011. College reference: Grants 176/21.

RITCHIE OF BROMPTON, Shireen Olive (Ritchie), Baroness. Arms and Supporters, Garter King of Arms. 1/11/2011. College reference: Grants 176/52.

ROBERTSON, Matthew Thomas, of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 22/9/2011. College reference: Grants 176/39.

WILLIAMS, John Leighton, of the London Borough of Southwark and of Tretower, Powys, QC. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/11/2011. College reference: Grants 176/82.

WILLIAMS, Peter Robert, of Malvern, Worcestershire, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 8/10/2011. College reference: Grants 176/43.

033-03Illustrated left are the Honorary Arms and Crest lately granted, with a Badge, to Richard Morgan WRIGHT of Oakton in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, by Letters Patent dated 30 March 2012 of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. The limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of his late father, Richard Morgan Wright of Sarasota, Florida, USA. College reference: Grants 176/147.

The Arms are blazoned: Per fess wavy Or and Vert three Tridents in chief each conjoined to a fouled Anchor in base counterchanged.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Vert A Brown Bear sejant Or supporting with the dexter paw a Trident Vert and holding in the mouth a Sprig of Thyme slipped leaved and flowered proper. Mantling: Vert doubled Or.

Badge (not illustrated): An Eagle displayed Or grasping in the dexter claws a Sprig of Thistle and in the sinister a Sprig of Thyme both slipped leaved and flowered proper.

WRIGHTSMAN, Jayne, of New York City, State of New York, USA, Hon. OBE, widow of Charles Brierer Wrightsman and daughter of Frederick Larkin, both deceased. Honorary Arms. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 28/11/2011. College reference: Grants 176/84.

033-04WEST OF SPITHEAD, Alan William John (West), Baron, GCB, DSC, PC. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter King of Arms. 30/9/2011. College reference: Grants 176/28. The Letters Patent include an exemplification by the Kings of Arms of a Standard for Lord West of Spithead, which is illustrated right. Standards such as these draw upon the traditions of medieval military flags; they have the Arms next to the hoist and representations of the Crest and Badge on the fly, together with the motto.


York Herald: by Letters Patent dated 31 May 2012 Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to appoint Peter O'Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant, to be York Herald.

Portcullis Pursuivant: by further Letters Patent of the same date Her Majesty has also appointed the Hon. Christopher Fletcher-Vane (right) as Portcullis Pursuivant. Born in 1953 in Cumberland where he spent his formative years, he was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1976 and has practised at the Chancery Bar from chambers in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1977, with his practice including peerage claims and pedigree cases. He is married with three children.


State Opening of Parliament: Her Majesty The Queen opened Parliament on 9 May 2012; the Officers of Arms were in attendance.

The Order of the Garter: the annual service of the Order took place on 18 June 2012 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in the presence of its Sovereign, Her Majesty The Queen. The Officers of Arms were again in attendance.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

Pedigrees placed on official record at the College of Arms go through a process of independent examination, in the course of which full documentary supporting evidences are produced. Once accepted the pedigree is then scrivened by hand and the entry then bound up with others in the relevant series. The process thus offers a way for genealogical research to be officially checked and proved and then the results preserved for future generations. The College archives include a great number of such entries covering families of all kinds and from all parts of the world. For further details please contact the Officer in Waiting.

BLUNDELL: A pedigree of eight generations is headed by Miles Blundell of Birkdale in the parish of North Meols, Lancashire (baptized 1741), who married Mary daughter of James Jump of Halsall, Lancashire. College reference: Norfolk 51/215.

FOTHERGILL: a pedigree of fifteen generations is headed by Lawrence Fothergill of Aiskew, parish of Bedale, Yorkshire, whose will was proved in 1593. It descends to the present day via Francis Fothergill, otherwise Francis Firby Fothergill, of Aiskew (baptized 1720), son of Francis Firby and Grace Fothergill. College reference: Norfolk 51/214.

MANDER: a pedigree of six generations has been recorded, headed by Sir Charles Tertius Mander of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, baronet (born 1852), who married in 1882 Mary le Mesurier daughter of Henry Nicholas Paint of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A descent to the present day is shown. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 22/120; Surrey 20/78; Surrey 22/72. College reference: Norfolk 51/221.

RIDLEY-THOMAS: seven generations of this family have been registered, headed by Robert Thomas of Priddbwl, parish of Llansilin, Denbighshire (born 1802). The descent is via his grandson William Ridley-Thomas of Nunnington, co. Hereford. College reference: Norfolk 51/214.

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