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June 2013 Newsletter (No. 35)

Photograph Album p. 15 photo a compressedPlanning the Coronation: the Coronation ceremony, with other State ceremonials, falls under the jurisdiction of the Earl Marshal, one of the Great Officers of State. The Officers of Arms, or heralds, act as his Staff. They also maintain the official records of coronations, which are held in the archives of the College of Arms. The Coronation service of 1953 was planned and arranged by the Earl Marshal's Office.

On display at the College of Arms are facsimiles of documents in the College archives relating to the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Included are examples of preparations for the ceremony, photographs of the service itself, and subsequent analysis of the proceedings by Garter King of Arms for the use of future generations. Also included are photographs of artefacts owned by the College which were used in the preparation for the service and at the ceremony itself.

Some of these items can also be seen on the College of Arms website:


Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey: Thomas Woodcock, Garter Principal King of Arms, attended the service held on 4 June 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, to represent the Officers of Arms.

Recent Grants of Arms

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


Bailey D A compressedA grant of Arms, Crest and Badge, illustrated left, was made to Douglas Antony BAILEY, of the City of Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, JP, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 12 April 2012. College reference: Grants 176/163. The blazon reads:

Arms: Argent three Barrulets wavy each of two waves downwards Sable between three Towers Gules.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules A Dagger Argent hilt and pommel Or the meeting point of the hilt and the blade surmounted by a roundel Gules the point downwards and affixed in a Wood-Burr Or.

Mantling: Sable doubled Argent.

Badge (not illustrated): A Dagger Argent hilt and pommel Or the meeting point of the hilt and the blade surmounted by a roundel Gules the point downwards enfiling the top of a Tower Or.

BARKER, Graham Eric, of Bray, Berkshire. Arms and Crest. The limitations were extended to include his father David Eric Barker of Stroud, Gloucestershire, and his descendants. In the same Patent Arms were granted to Joanna Margaret Barker, wife of Graham Eric Barker and daughter of John Lewis JAMES. The limitations of this grant were extended to include the other descendants of her late father. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 14/12/2011. College reference: Grants 176/181.

BRASHAW, Nigel, of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 17/2/2012. College reference: Grants 176/198.

CLARK, Christopher Richard Nigel, of Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 18/7/2012. College reference: Grants 176/225.

CONNELL, Michael Patrick of Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. In the same patent Arms were granted to his wife Josephine Lilian Connell, OBE, DL. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 26/1/2012. College reference: Grants 176/237 & 239.

CROFTS, Richard Guy Hornsby, of Alvechurch, Worcestershire, JP. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 5/11/2011. College reference: Grants 176/167.

FRAMLINGHAM, Michael Nicholson (Lord), Baron, of Eye, Suffolk. Arms, Crest, Supporters and Badge. Garter King of Arms. 8/12/2011. College reference: Grants 176/204.

FRITZ, Peter Adalbert Robert George, of Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia, AM. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 15/5/2012. College reference: 176/184.

GREGSON, Sir Peter Lewis, of Beckenham, London Borough of Bromley, GCB. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 10/7/2012. College reference: Grants 176/222.

MAKEPEACE, John Milliken of Alexandria, Virginia, USA, son of John Milliken Makepeace late of Sanford, North Carolina. Arms, Honorary Arms and Crest; limitations extended to permit these to be placed on a monument to the memory of the late John Milliken Makepeace and to be borne by his other descendants. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 2/4/2012. College reference: 176/161.

MORTIMER, John Barry, of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, QC. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 16/7/2012. College reference: Grants 176/217.

MORTON, Pamela Anne, of the City of York, OBE. Arms and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 29/6/2012. College reference: Grants 176/209.

PATEL, Dame Indira, of Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton, DBE. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 5/7/2012. College reference: Grants 176/215.

SANDS, Jonathan Peter, of Ripon, North Yorkshire, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 3/5/2012. College reference: Grants 176/202.

UTTOXETER TOWN COUNCIL. Arms. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 15/8/2012. College reference: 176/244.


The Company of Arts Scholars: William Hunt, Windsor Herald, presented Letters Patent dated 14 September 2012 of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms to this Company of the City of London at a ceremony at Merchant Taylors' Hall, London on 28 January 2013, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of London, and the Lady Mayoress.

State Opening of Parliament: Her Majesty the Queen proceeded to the Palace of Westminster on 8 May 2013 to open the new session of parliament. The Officers of Arms were in attendance.

High Sheriff of Greater London: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, attended the service of dedication of Mr David Jones as High Sheriff at a service held at the parish church of St Nicholas, Chiswick on 21 May 2013, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of the County Sir David Brewer, senior members of the judiciary, and local Mayors. A local press report can be read here.

Lancaster Castle: at a ceremony on 7 June 2013, preceded by a service at Lancaster Priory, Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, oversaw the hanging of a shield of Arms of the new High Sheriff of Lancashire Mrs Ann Dean, DL, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, and other dignitaries. The Constable of Lancaster Castle, Gordon Johnson, DL, presided.

The Order of the Garter: the annual service of the Order took place on 17 June 2013 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in the presence of its Sovereign, Her Majesty The Queen. The Officers of Arms were in attendance. Before the service The Queen, assisted by Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms, invested Air Chief Marshal Graham Eric (Stirrup), Baron Stirrup, KG, GCB, AFC with the Order of the Garter. Lord Stirrup was then installed at the beginning of the service by the Duke of Abercorn, KG, Chancellor of the Order.


John Rassweiler Seal Matrix Project / Portable Antiquities Scheme: At a study day on seal matrices for Finds Liaison Officers of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, made possible through the generosity of John Rassweiler and held at the British Museum on 9 May 2013, Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald and heraldic advisor to the Scheme, delivered a session on the subject of heraldry on seals.

Exhibitions and Receptions

Vincent 151 pp.156-7 compressedVictoria and Albert Museum: a major exhibition, Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars (open until 14 July 2013), contains much that is of heraldic interest, including the four Dacre Beasts, large free-standing heraldic sculptures from the early Tudor period. A highlight of the exhibition is a plan (illustrated right) for the Epiphany celebrations in Whitehall held by Elizabeth I in 1601, preserved in the College of Arms manuscript Vincent 151. On this occasion the Queen entertained ambassadors, including one from the Tsar, before a theatrical presentation that may well have been the first performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

CLARKE: a pedigree of nine generations has been placed on official record, headed by John Clarke of the parish of Hanover, county of Cornwall, Island of Jamaica (died 1809), the father of William Virgo Clarke. The latter married in 1789 Anne Parr daughter of Daniel Bernard of the parish of St James, Cornwall, Jamaica. The entry shows two descents to the present day, via William Bernard Clarke of Jamaica and of Liverpool, Lancashire (born 1868); and via his brother Charles Sidney Clarke of Ipswich, Suffolk (born 1870). College reference: Norfolk 51/229.

DIXON: a pedigree of six generations shows a descent to the present day from Henry Isaac Dixon of Stumperlow Hall in the parish of Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He was married in 1850 to Anne daughter of Frederick Woodhouse. Cross-referenced with 15D14/224. College reference: Norfolk 51/224.

ELGOOD: a pedigree of five generations headed by Charles Alsager Elgood of Beckenham, Kent and of London, OBE (born 1865), who married Frances daughter of Richard Stevens of Beckenham. Cross-referenced to Surrey 25/220. College reference: Norfolk 51/239.

LLOYD: a pedigree of seven generations has been recorded, showing a descent to the present day from Samuel Vannam Lloyd of Bridgewater, Somerset. He married (in 1785) Susanna Pittman. The pedigree descends via their grandson William Henry Lloyd of Geelong, Victoria, Australia (born 1834). Cross-referenced to Norfolk 50/163. College reference: Norfolk 51/240.

PURDON: this entry sets out a descent of six generations headed by Charles Nicholas Delacherois Purdon of Belfast, Co. Antrim, who married in 1843 Jane Maria daughter of James Calvert of Belfast. The entry descends to the present day. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 19/125. College reference: Norfolk 51/225.

SHACKLETON: a pedigree of seven generations headed by Ebenezer Shackleton of Moone, Co. Kildare, Ireland, who had been born 1784 at Ballytore. He was married in 1831 to Ellen or Elinor daughter of William Bell of Abbeyleix, Queens County, Ireland. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 45/186. College reference: Norfolk 51/238.

Elsewhere in the Records

Ascension Island Flag croppedAscension Island: Her Majesty has been pleased to grant Arms, Crest and Supporters for her Territory of Ascension Island, by a Royal Warrant, addressed to the Earl Marshal, dated 22 June 2012. College reference: I.85/268. Her Majesty has now approved the flag for Ascension Island, which bears the Arms upon a Blue Ensign. The flag has likewise been placed on official record at the College of Arms.

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