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July 2014 Newsletter (No. 39) Featured

Vincent 151 Vincents Presidents p.21 compressedSymbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England: a free exhibition with this title will run at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA from 1 July to 26 October 2014. This exhibition, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever mounted in the USA, will feature a variety of armorial manuscripts and pedigrees, early printed books, and documents written by heralds. Exceptional treasures include the original drafts of William Shakespeare's own coat of arms lent by the College of Arms. It is curated by Dr Nigel Ramsay and Dr Heather Wolfe. Details can be found here.

A publication with the title Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England will coincide with the exhibition. Edited by Dr Nigel Ramsay, this is a significant work exploring the use of heraldry in early modern times. It includes contributions by Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, and Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, alongside chapters from a number of other scholars; and it is to be published by Shaun Tyas of Paul Watkins Publishing.


Timothy Duke, Norroy and Ulster King of ArmsBy Letters Patent under the Great Seal dated 1 July 2014 Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to appoint Timothy Hugh Stewart Duke, Chester Herald (right), to the office of Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, made vacant by the retirement of Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, Bt.

Timothy Duke was appointed Chester Herald in 1995, having previously been Rouge Dragon Pursuivant since 1989. He was House Comptroller of the College of Arms between 1995 and 2008; and Registrar between 2001 and 2007. He is also Honorary Secretary of the Harleian Society, and Honorary Genealogist of the Order of St Michael and St George. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Broderers.

Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, Bt., retired from the College of Arms on 30 June 2014 after thirty-one years' service as an Officer of Arms. He was first appointed as Rouge Croix Pursuivant in 1983, and was promoted to York Herald in 1993. He was appointed Norroy and Ulster King of Arms in 2010. In the course of his career he has been to Hong Kong and Canada twice, and the USA many times, where has done much to strengthen ties between the College of Arms and its supporters in the United States, acting as a liaison with the College of Arms Foundation. He has also been active in English heraldry, where he has for many years been an enthusiastic Honorary Vice-President of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society, and of other heraldic societies, a Vice-President of the Heraldry Society, as well as Founder and President of the Norfolk Heraldry Society. From 1984 to 1988 he was Secretary of the Standing Council of the Baronetage, and is now on the Executive Committee. Sir Henry is also an active member of CILANE, the Commission d'Information et de Liaison des Associations Nobles d'Europe; and a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners.

Recent Grants of Arms

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

TBT patent ACIllustrated left are the Arms and Crest granted to Toby Paul BARNES-TAYLOR of Stockton, Wiltshire, MBE, sometime Major Grenadier Guards, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 7 May 2014. College reference: Grants 178/46. The blazon is:

Arms: Per pale Argent and Or on a Chevron Sable seven Mullets each of four greater and four lesser points gyronny of eight Argent and Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent Azure and Gules a Wolf rampant Sable armed Argent holding in the dexter forepaw a short Sword Argent hilt and pommel Or and in the sinister forepaw a Sextant Or and resting the dexter hind paw on a Terrestrial Globe proper inscribed with Lines of Latitude and Longitude Gules.

Badge (not illustrated): A Wolf tricorporate Or armed Argent holding in each dexter forepaw a Grenade Sable fired proper.


BIRMINGHAM PROOF HOUSE. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/7/2013. College reference: Grants 177/248.

BRINTON, Sarah Virginia (Brinton), Baroness, of Kenardington, Kent. Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 23/7/2013. College reference: Grants 177/223.

CARTER, Michelle Marie, of Bow in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Arms. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 12/9/2013. College reference: Grants 177/255.

CHAN, Michael of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 20/10/2013. College reference: Grants 177/263.

CLEMENTS, William Holliwell, of Stamsford, Lincolnshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 20/9/2013. College reference: Grants 177/213.

THE COLOUR GROUP (Great Britain). This organization was founded in 1940 as an interdisciplinary society, bringing together those concerned with all aspects of colour, its measurement, reproduction and perception. It was granted Arms and Crest by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 30 September 2013. College reference: Grants 177/225. The Letters Patent were presented in a ceremony at the group's Annual General Meeting on 7 May 2014 by Robert Noel, Lancaster Herald. For information see here.

GOLD, David Laurence (Gold), Baron, of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 2/7/2013. College reference: Grants 177/233.

GOODEY, Darren Robert, of Hedingham, Essex. Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 1/2/2013. College reference: Grants 177/60. [Illustration provided by Somerset].

HAPTON PARISH COUNCIL. Arms. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 14/8/2013. College reference: Grants 177/204.

HAYWARD, Christopher Michael, of Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 13/5/2013. College reference: Grants 177/227.

HEAD, Peter Richard, of Beckenham, London Borough of Bromley, CBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 9/10/2013. College reference: Grants 177/229.

MAWHINNEY, Brian Stanley (Mawhinney), Baron, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 3/7/2013. College reference: Grants 177/238.

MORLEY, Gary Cornwell, of the Province of Alicante, Spain. Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 24/7/2013. College reference: Grants 177/202.

PARKER, Michael, of Walkington, East Riding of Yorkshire, OBE. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 8/11/2013. College reference: Grants 177/273.

SINGH OF WIMBLEDON, Indarjit (Singh), Baron, of Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton, CBE. Arms, Crest and Supporters. Garter King of Arms. 13/7/2013. College reference: Grants 177/259.

SLATYER, Mark Anthony, of South Hobart, State of Tasmania, Australia. Arms, Crest and Badge. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 2/9/2013. College reference: Grants 177/206.

Upton003Illustrated right are the Arms and Crest granted with a Badge to Graham UPTON, of Headington, City of Oxford, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 3 June 2013. He is the son of William Upton late of Camden, New South Wales, Australia deceased, and the limitations of the grant were extended to include the other descendants of his late father. College reference: Grants 177/107. The blazon is:

Arms: Or four ragged Staves conjoined in saltire throughout Azure between four Pigs passant Gules.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A Kangaroo sejant erect Or gorged with two Barrulets wavy Azure and holding in the dexter forepaw a Quill Gules.

Badge (not illustrated here): A Mullet of eight points Or charged with a Pig passant Gules.

TOMLINSON, Sir Stephen Miles, of Shipton under Wychwood, Knight, PC, Arms and Crest. Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms. 29/8/2013. College reference: Grants 177/294.

WILCOX, James Allen, of Oro Valley, State of Arizona, USA. Honorary Arms and Crest. Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms. 10/5/2013. College reference: Grants 177/101.


Australian Heraldry Society: David White, Somerset Herald, delivered a lecture at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to members of this society on 24 April 2014, on the Arms of the Wellesleys.

Emblems and Enigma: The Heraldic Imagination: Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms, spoke to this symposium on the subject of 'Symbolism in Heraldry: Mysterious or Manifest', whilst Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, gave a paper on 'The Heralds' Swastika'. The conference was held at the Society of Antiquaries, London on 26 April 2014.

Westminster Tournament Roll: on 14 June 2014 Dr Lynsey Darby, Archivist of the College of Arms, gave a lecture on this subject to the Medieval Dress and Textiles Society, at the British Museum.


Fell of Swarthmoor: an article on this family and their Arms by Christopher Vane, Portcullis Pursuivant, appeared in the recent issue of the Swarthmoor Hall Historian.

Country Life: An article by Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald appeared in the 11 June 2014 issue of this magazine, on the subject of the British Orders of Knighthood.

Recently Recorded Pedigrees

CLAPP: a pedigree shows the children and grandchildren of Kenwyn Hugh Routley Clapp of Plymouth, Devon, who married in 1941 Margaret Ethel Furze daughter of Alfred Charles Brown. College reference: Surrey 32/147.

ELWIN: a pedigree of four generations shows a descent to the present day, headed by Ernest Philip Elwin, who was born 1881 in Hangchow (modern Hangzhou), China. He married Grace daughter of William Edward Harding of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 33/130. College reference: Surrey 32/151.

OVERTON and BEALE: a pedigree has been recorded which sets out a three-generation descent from John Overton of Barford, Warwickshire, whose will was proved in 1559, to his granddaughter Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Overton. She married in 1580 to John Beale otherwise Beall; and the entry descends from this couple to the children of Bartholomew Beale and those of his brother John Beale. Cross-referenced to Norfolk 51/203. College reference: Surrey 32/149.

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