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September 2013 Newsletter (No. 36)

A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated left) was made to Heston Marc Blumenthal of Bray in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, OBE, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 18 June 2013. College reference: Grants 177/132. The blazon is:

Arms: Sable issuant in pall three dexter cubit Arms vested Or each charged with a Rose Gules and cuffed Argent the hands appaumy proper between in chief an Apple slipped and leaved and in base two Lyres Or.

Crest: A Duck wings elevated and addorsed Or holding in the dexter foot a Magnifying-glass proper the frame and handle Gules and in the beak three Stems of Lavender flowered proper tied Gules.

Badge: A Duck's Leg erased à la quise Or.Blumenthal005

The design of the Arms and Crest represents the five senses, which the distinguished chef and food scientist Heston Blumenthal considers should all contribute to the enjoyment of food. The hands stand for touch, the apple for taste, the lyre for hearing, the lavender for smell, and the magnifying glass for sight and scientific examination. The duck in the Crest and the duck's foot in the Badge allude to Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck and the three roses recall its three Michelin stars.


The Pigott Library: The College's archive holdings include a large and historically important collection of rolled material. The greatest number of these are 'pedigree rolls' showing the genealogies of noble and royal families, but also included are grants, patents, and rolls of arms, and miscellaneous material such as plans of the College. Some of the earliest date to the thirteenth century. Storage and access facilities for this collection will now be considerably improved and upgraded thanks to the generosity of a kind donor, Mr Mark Pigott, KBE, through the College of Arms Foundation. A new storage area is being created in two rooms of the College, with environmental controls and archival shelving, upon which the rolls collection can be placed in the appropriate custom-made boxes. The many visiting scholars, as well as the College's own Officers and staff, will now be able to consult and study the collection more easily; and the Pigott Library will also provide space for new acquisitions, material awaiting full cataloguing, and other archives.

New Appointment: by Letters Patent dated 26 July 2013, Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to appoint John Michael Allen-Petrie to the office of Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms, vacant since the promotion of David Vines White to the office of Somerset Herald in 2004. He read his Patent of appointment at the Chapter meeting of the College of Arms on 5 September 2013.

John Petrie was born in Canada in 1980 and educated at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, where he received a master's degree in sciences politiques, and at the London School of Economics, where he received the degree of M.Sc. Before coming to the College of Arms and successfully completing a probationary period in the practice of William Hunt, Windsor Herald of Arms, he worked at the Bank of England in the division regulating the circulation and issuance of bank notes in the United Kingdom.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

BROWN, Adam Watson, of Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, son of John Watson Brown late of Wye, Kent, deceased. Arms, Crest and Badge; the limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of his late father. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 6/3/2012. College reference: Grants 176/246.

COLEMAN, John Royston, of Chester, State of Vermont, USA. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/8/2012. College reference: Grants 176/240.

FITHEN, Gordon, of Thorpe, Derbyshire, sometime Air Commodore, RAF. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 5/11/2012. College reference: Grants 176/309.

GREENWICH, London Borough of. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 3/1/2012. College reference: Grants 176/280. An image of the Arms with a discussion of the significance of the design for the new Royal Borough can be found here.

Hayman patent001A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge (illustrated left) was made to Christopher Frank HAYMAN by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 21 January 2013. College reference: Grants 177/22. They are blazoned:

Arms: Erminois three Chevronels interlaced Vert a Chief enarched Azure Goutty d'eau.

Crest: A Cat sejant erect Sable holding in the dexter forepaw a Sprig of Juniper leaved and fructed proper and supporting with the sinister forepaw a Cross Potent Or.

Badge: A Goblet Azure environed by a Garland of Juniper leaved and fructed proper.

JONES, David Christopher Fraser, of Chiswick in the London Borough of Hounslow. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 18/10/2012. College reference: Grants 176/300.

MURRAY-HETHERINGTON, Keith, J.P. Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 14/9/2013. College reference: Grants 176/289.

PAI, Makia Li, of Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 24/9/2012. College reference: Grants 176/275.

SPACIE, Keith, of Guildford, Surrey, CB, OBE, sometime Major General in the Army. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/6/2012. College reference: Grants 176/267.

THOMSON, Sir John Adam, of Bayswater, City of Westminster; of Kirkcudbright; and of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, GCMG. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 31/8/2012. College reference : Grants 176/250.


The heraldry of Horatio Nelson: David White, Somerset Herald, delivered a lecture on this subject to the East Midlands Group of the 1805 Society at Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire on 12 July 2013.

Exhibitions and Receptions

Coronation Exhibition at Buckingham Palace: to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen, the Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace included a significant exhibition of dress, uniform and robes, as well as works of art, and objects, used at the Coronation. This exhibition, staged by the Royal Collection, included the tabard of Garter King of Arms, as well as his Crown, and the staff of Ulster King of Arms. The uniform and coronation robes of Bernard, Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal who was in charge of organising the ceremony, were also exhibited. For a detailed review of the exhibition see here.

Norroy and Ulster badgesExhibition at Oxburgh Hall: an exhibition during the summer months at Oxburgh Hall, the home of Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, Baronet, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, was devoted to heraldry and in particular to his own career and uniform. The tabard, coatee, and other elements of the uniform were displayed. Of particular interest are the Crown, collar and staff of Ulster King of Arms which relate to the Order of St Patrick, founded in 1783, and which are still borne today by Norroy and Ulster as the successor to the King of Arms of that Order. Illustrated right are the badges of office of Norroy King of Arms and Ulster King of Arms, both of which are worn by Norroy and Ulster.


Prince George of Cambridge: a pedigree compiled by David White, Somerset Herald, appeared in The Times (London) on 23 July 2013. The result of careful genealogical research, it sets forth the 32 great-great-great-grandparents of the Royal baby. Prince George of Cambridge will be duly placed on official record in the register of the Royal Family maintained by the College of Arms.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

CAPELL, Henry, of Raynes, Essex and of Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, whose will was proved in 1588, married Katherine daughter of Thomas (Manners), Earl of Rutland. Their daughter Ann was married in 1587 at Little Hadham to Sir Robert Chester of Royston, Hertfordshire (will proved 1641); and had issue a daughter Elizabeth (died 1671), who married Samuel Hinton of Coventry, Warwickshire and of Lichfield, Staffordshire. Cross-referenced to C28/12, H10/33, C36/66b. College reference: Surrey 32/126.

COLLINS: a three-generation pedigree has been recorded for this family, headed by Ronald Frank Collins of Stevenage, Hertfordshire. He was married in 1944 to Eunice daughter of Richard Taylor of Hale, Lancashire. College reference: Surrey 32/127.

CROFTS: a pedigree of four generations is headed by George Ronald Crofts of Alvechurch, Worcestershire, who married in 1936 Margaret Irene daughter of Harry Baker of Moseley, Worcestershire. Their son Richard Guy Hornsby Crofts married in 1969 Judith Mary daughter of William Eric Douglas-Osborn of Pedmore, Worcestershire. Connected with DOORLEY. College reference: Surrey 32/124.

STOUGHTON: a pedigree of five generations establishes the connection between the Stoughton family of Ash next Sandwich, Kent, mentioned in the heralds' visitations, and the New England family of the same name. It is headed by Edward Stoughton otherwise Stockton of Ash, who married first Mary daughter and coheir of Richard Exherst of Exherst in the parish of Linton, Kent, and second Eleanor otherwise Ellen Sherborne. Edward Stoughton's grandson Thomas Stoughton, Clerk in Holy Orders, was a puritan who was at one time Rector of Naughton Suffolk (deprived 1594) and later Vicar of Coggeshall, Essex (deprived 1606). His son Thomas Stoughton was of Windsor, Connecticut, where he was granted lands in 1640. Cross-referenced to H2/138, C16/202 College reference: Surrey 32/115.

WATES: a pedigree of four generations shows a descent to the present day from Sir Ronald Wallace Wates of Headley, Surrey, JP, DL, who married in 1931 Phyllis Mary daughter of Harry Trace of Streatham, London. College reference: Surrey 32/128.

Elsewhere in the Records

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

By this act the majority of police authorities in England and Wales were abolished on 22 November 2012, their functions passing in revised form to elected civilian Police and Crime Commissioners. Chief Constables may now apply for Royal Licences transferring to themselves, in their corporate capacity, the coats of arms previously vested in police authorities and used by police forces. One such transfer was recently recorded, as follows.

North Wales Police Authority: a petition submitted to Her Majesty The Queen recites that Arms and Crest were granted to Gwynedd Police Authority by Letters Patent of the Kings of Arms dated 10 November 1967. These were transferred by a Royal Warrant dated 20 May 1974 to North Wales Police Authority, and exemplified by Letters Patent of the Kings of Arms dated 20 November 1975. Her Majesty was therefore pleased to issue her Royal Warrant dated 12 February 2013 to the Earl Marshal transferring the Arms and Crest to the Chief Constable of North Wales Constabulary as a Corporation sole, for the use of North Wales Constabulary. College reference: I.85/273. A Certificate of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms was duly issued dated 7 May 2013 exemplifying the Arms. College reference: Grants 177/90.


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