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March 2014 Newsletter (No. 38)

Morris pedigree 14D14.263Pedigree of Morris family: one important function of the College of Arms is to create and preserve pedigrees of families. Many of these are the result of genealogical research carried out by the heralds; and some are recorded to show the families of those receiving grants of coats of Arms. This example was registered in 1843. It shows the family of William Morris of Woodford Hall, Essex, who had been granted Arms by Letters Patent dated 15 April 1843, with the limitations extended to the other descendants of his late father, William Morris of the City of London. Included is his eldest son, also William Morris, who would become the famous artist, designer and author, a pioneer in the decorative arts. The Arms, which would later appear on tiles at the Red House, Bexley, are blazoned:

Arms: Azure a Horse's head erased Argent between three Horse Shoes Or.

Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours A Horse's head coupe Argent charged with three Horse Shoes in chevron Sable.

College references: 14D14/263 and Grants 46/298.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

APPLEBY, Lesley Elizabeth, of Winson, Gloucestershire, QC, daughter of Arthur Leslie Appleby late of Admaston Hall, Shropshire, deceased; widow of Michael Kenneth COLLINS late of Winson, OBE, deceased. Arms. In the same Patent were granted Arms and Crest to be placed on a monument to the memory of the grantee's late husband and borne by her as his widow and by his descendants. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 30/4/2013. College reference: Grants 177/81.

BARNETT, John Morris, of the Borough of Blackpool, MBE, DL (Lancashire). Arms and Crest. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 4/6/2013. College reference: Grants 177/196.

CALLMAN, Sir Clive Vernon, of the London Borough of Barnet, Knight. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 14/6/2013. College reference: Grants 177/136.

CARTER-CLOUT, Anthony Michael, of Purley, London Borough of Croydon. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 21/6/2013. College reference: Grants 177/126.

DALEY, Michael John William, of Bedford Park, London Borough of Ealing and of Avebury Trusloe, Wiltshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 13/8/2013. College reference: Grants 177/194.

DENMAN, Alan John, of Hilperton, Wiltshire. Grant of Crest. Stated to be 13th in descent from John Denman of East Retford, Nottinghamshire (who at the Heralds' Visitation of Yorkshire in 1584/5 was recorded as entitled to Arms). Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 25/4/2013. College reference: Grants 177/113.

DEVINE, Robert James, of the City of Fort Worth, State of Texas, USA. Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 1/8/2013. College reference: Grants 177/162.

FORSYTH-JOHNSON, Sir Bruce, of Virginia Water, Surrey, Knight, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 12/10/2013. College reference: Grants 177/324.

GLENDONBROOK, Michael David (Bishop), Baron, CBE, of Bowdon, Cheshire. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 26/2/2013. College reference: Grants 177/121.

HAMMOND, Edward Charles of Downderry, Cornwall. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 19/3/2013. College reference: Grants 177/62.

JARVIS, Sian Elizabeth, of the London Borough of Lambeth, CB. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 14/2/2013. College reference: Grants 177/124.

MANSELL, Nigel Ernest James, of the Island of Jersey, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 13/8/2013. College reference: Grants 177/192.

Mitchell002Illustrated right are the Arms and Crest that were granted with a Badge to Andrew Alexander MITCHELL of Spalding, Lincolnshire, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 9 August 2013. College reference: Grants 177/169. They are blazoned:

Arms: Argent a Pair of Manacles in pale between two Flaunches Sable each charged with a demi Fleur de Lys palewise issuing from the flank Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Sable A Herring Gull wings elevated and addorsed proper gorged with a Collar attached thereto a Chain reflexed over the back and terminating in a ring Sable.

Badge (not illustrated): In front of a Sun in Splendour Or a Lion passant guardant Sable dimidiated with a Herring Ermine.

MORROW, Robert Anthony Henry, of the London Borough of Harrow. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms/ 7/5/2013. College reference: Grants 177/138.

Paganuzzi003A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Gian Carlo PAGANUZZI of Bosbury, Herefordshire. by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 19 July 2013. College reference: Grants 177/156. Illustrated left. The blazon reads:

Arms: Ermine a Chevron Gules between three Crosses bottony Azure each surmounted by a Leopard's Face Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules Issuing from the Capital of a fluted Ionic Column Or a demi Dragon Gules holding in the dexter claws a Scroll Argent.

Badge (not illustrated): A Cross bottony Azure surmounted by a Leopard's Face Or.

SCHEINER, Julie, of Finchley, London Borough of Barnet. Arms and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 13/8/2013. College reference: Grants 177/82.


Illustrated right are the Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters granted to this body by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, by Letters Patent dated 16 August 2013. College reference: Grants 177/319.

Arms: Checky Sable and Argent on a Cross Gules four Mullets of eight points Or over all on a Chevron Argent a pair of Compasses Sable.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Sable A Masonic Square apex downwards Or in front of a Waratah Flower Gules slipped and leaved Vert in front of a pair of Compasses Or.

Supporters: On the dexter a Kangaroo pendent from the dexter forefoot a Junior Warden's Jewel and sinister a Lion guardant pendent from the sinister forefoot a Senior Warden's Jewel all Or.

Badge (not illustrated): A Sun in splendour Or charged with a Masonic Square apex downwards in front of a pair of Compasses Sable.

UNIVERSITY OF WALES: TRINITY SAINT DAVID or in Welsh PRIFYSGOL CYMRU: Y DRINDOD DEWI SANT. Alteration of Arms, grant of Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 25/9/2012. College reference: Grants 177/114.


Who Do You Think You Are? Live: The College of Arms was represented at this annual genealogical and historical exhibition and conference at Olympia, London on 20-22 February 2013. The Officers of Arms, artists and staff were able to explain the history and role of the College and to advise on visitors' heraldic and genealogical questions.

Constable of Lancaster Castle: on 6 March Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, as the chief herald in those parts north of the river Trent, attended the Installation of the new Constable, and verified her Arms prior to their display there. The new Constable, Mrs Pamela Barker, DL, who was appointed by the Queen, is the first woman ever to hold this 600 year-old position. Information on some of the heraldry in the Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle, can be found here

Flags: on 17 March 2014 David White, Somerset Herald, appeared on the Voice of Russia radio station, in a discussion regarding flags and national and regional identities. The discussion can be listened to here.

How to Get Ahead: the opening episode of this BBC Four television series, broadcast on 12 March 2014, related to medieval courtly life. Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, appeared to discuss the use of heraldic badges during the reign of Richard II.


Heraldry Society: The John Brooke-Little Lecture was delivered to this society on 15 January 2014 by David White, Somerset Herald, on the subject of 'The Arms of Wellington and the Wellesleys'.

The College of Arms in the Second World War: Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, delivered the Mountbatten Commemorative Lecture on this subject at Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society on 13 February 2014. An article with the same name, also by Peter O'Donoghue, was published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Coat of Arms, journal of the Heraldry Society. For details of the journal see here.

Town, parish and community coats of Arms: Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, spoke on this subject on 28 February 2014 at the Practitioners' Conference of the Society of Local Council Clerks. He explained the procedure by which local authorities of all sizes can be granted Arms; and how these Arms can be best used and protected.

Coats of Arms and Trade Marks: a seminar on this subject was held at Gray's Inn, London on 19 March 2014. Clive Cheesman was a member of the panel, and discussed the role of the College of Arms, the protection of armorial rights around the world, and the law relating to passing off as applied to heraldic cases.

The History of Heralds in Europe: Clive Cheesman will also be speaking at a University of M√ľnster workshop entitled "The History of Heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.). State of the art and new perspectives", 26-28 March 2014, on the theme "Institutional identity and history in an age of learning: heralds and their alternative pasts". For more on the colloquium and for abstracts of this and other papers, visit this site.

Emblems and Enigma: The Heraldic Imagination: a symposium with this title is to be held at the Society of Antiquaries, London on 26 April 2014. Details are provided here. Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms, will speak on 'Symbolism in Heraldry: Mysterious or Manifest', whilst Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, will speak on 'The Heralds' Swastika'.

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