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									                                    THE HERALDRY
                                                                                         ISSN 0437 2980

THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER                                                                        NEW SERIES 104
OF THE HERALDRY SOCIETY          REGISTERED AT STATIONERS HALL                                      June 2007

                                          see WEB BROWSER, Page 12

     To contact the Membership Secretary, Ingrid Phillips, write to PO Box 772, Guildford, GU3 3ZX        1
                                     HERALDRY OF NEW LIFE PEERS
Baron Brennan (Daniel Joseph Brennan) cr 2000, QC 1985 (Baron Brennan, of Bibury in the County of

                                          Arms: Or two Pallets Gules over all a Cross Moline Sable between four Harps sound¬boxes
                                          inwards those in base reversed Or
                                          Crest: A Male Griffin sejant Sable beaked rayed and forelegged Or holding in the beak a
                                          Rose Gules seeded slipped and leaved Or
                                          Supporters: On either side a Male Griffin segreant Sable beaked rayed and forelegged Or
                                          and holding in the beak a Rose Gules seeded slipped and leaved Or
                                          Badge: Four pairs of Harps Or the soundbox and pedal box of each conjoined Sable the
                                          whole in cross and conjoined in the centre point

                                          Geographical emblems are found with the Irish harp, the red and gold
                                          pallets for Aragon and the red roses for Lancashire. The cross is used
                                          as a Christian emblem and the griffins relate to the name of the
                                          building in which the grantee has his chambers. The Badge combines
                                          both the Irish harp and a cross formation.

Baron Sheikh (Mohamed Iltaf) cr 2006 (Baron Sheikh, of Cornhill in the City of London)

Arms: Argent four rows of Pallets couped the first and third alternately Gules and Azure
the second and fourth Azure and Gules over all on a Pale Vert a Pale Or charged with
three Crescents Vert
Crest: A Peacock in its pride Azure beaked legged and crested Gules the tail eyed Or the
wings displayed and each supporting a Quill Argent spined Or
Supporters: On either side statant upon an Egg Or a Dove wings inverted and addorsed
Argent beaked and legged Gules
Badge: Five Crescents abutting horns outwards Vert each surmounting a Quill Argent
spined Or

The rows of couped pallets represent rows of books; and writing is further
reflected in the quills in both Crest and Badge. The peacock is a clear
allusion to the origin of the grantee's family and the crescents to the
Muslim faith.
The dove Supporters with their eggs represent the two doves who nested in front of a cave
where the prophet Mohammed was hiding from his enemies. The latter seeing the nesting doves assumed that the cave must be empty
and so passed by allowing the prophet to remain undiscovered.

                                               Baroness Paisley of St George's (Eileen Emily Paisley) cr 2006
                                               (Baroness Paisley of St George's, of St George's in the County of

                                               Arms: Azure three Pallets wavy Argent enfiling five Mural Crowns in cross Or
                                               Supporters: On either side two Dragons the dexter Argent wings feathered Or the
                                               sinister Or wings feathered Argent

                                               The wavy pallets are a river allusion and are shown enfiling five crowns as a pun on
                                               the grantee's maiden name of Cassells. Five is a significant number as the grantee has
                                               five children.
                                               Dragons refer to St George and have been differenced by membering them with
                                               feathered rather than reptilian wings.

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                                                  Baroness Fritchie (Irene Tordoff (Rennie) Fritchie) cr 2005, DBE
                                                  1996 (Baroness Fritchie, of Gloucester in the County of

                                                  Arms: Argent three Barrulets fracted and there conjoined to a Chevronel Gules each
                                                  ensigning a Labrador's Face Sable
                                                  Supporters: On either side a Gloucester Cow Gules the head and legs Sable the
                                                  horns lower spine tail and underparts Argent in the mouth a Rose also Argent
                                                  barbed seeded leaved and slipped Or
                                                  Badge: A Cross Crosslet Gules each limb terminating in a thistle head also Gules
                                                  flowered Or

                                                 The Arms take three chevronels from the Arms of the County
Council of Gloucestershire and combine these with barrulets as an allusion to the law. The feminine symbol has been
used in the Badge where four of them have been conjoined. The roundel of each symbol has then formed the base
of a thistle head as an allusion to Scotland.

Baron Hart of Chilton (Garry Richard Rushby Hart) cr 2004 (Baron Hart of Chilton, of Chilton in the County
of Suffolk)

Arms: Or three Cross Crosslets fitchy in fess Sable the lower limb of each surmounted by a
Rose Gules seeded Or
Crest: A Dragon sejant Gules armed langued and supporting with the dexter foreclaws a
Sword point downwards Or
Supporters: On either side a Suffolk Punch Gules the tail and mane plaited and tied with
Ribbons Or
Badge: A Suffolk Punch's Head caboshed Gules holding in the mouth a Rose to the sinister
Gules barbed seeded leaved and slipped Or

                The Crest contains a Welsh allusion with the sword of justice reflecting the
                law. The cross crosslets are derived from the Arms of a family of Crane; and
                the rose for England is also an allusion to Cardinal Wolsey. Like many
                grantees, the ownership and breeding of animals provides for Crest and
                Supporter material.

                                              Baron Rosser (Richard Andrew Rosser) cr 2004, JP 1978 (Baron Rosser,
                                              of Ickenham in the London Borough of Hillingdon)

                                              Arms: Or on each of three Pallets Azure issuing in base couped and embowed in chief
                                              a Sword Blade issuing in base Argent a Chief dancetty throughout of three points
                                              upwards Azure
                                              Crest: A Stag lodged reguardant Argent attired and unguled Or
                                              supporting with the dexter forefoot a Wheel Azure
                                              Supporters: On the dexter a Unicorn dimidiated with a Lion Argent
                                              winged horned armed and unguled Or and on the sinister a Unicorn
                                              dimidiated with a Lion Or winged horned armed and unguled Argent
                                              Badge: A Unicorn dimidiated with a Lion winged and sejant Argent
                                              horned armed unguled and gorged with a plain Collar attached
                                              thereto a Chain reflexed over the back Or

The stag in the Crest is based on a carving on the altar rail of Ickenham Church. It is shown supporting a wheel as an allusion to the
grantee's career in transport. Transport is also represented by the wings of the Supporters and Badge which also combine Scotland
and England by means of the unicorn and lion dimidiation. The Arms are a stylized and heraldic interpretation of the architecture
comprising the pump at Ickenham. The interstices provide space for three issuing sword blades as an allusion to the law.

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                                   THE AUTUMN DINNER
                         We shall be returning to the Apothecaries Hall for the
                         Autumn Dinner this year. Those who attended the
                         2003 Dinner there will remember what a splendid
                         occasion it was, in the historic setting of the
                         seventeenth century Hall with its magnificent heraldic
                         glass windows. The candle-lit tables with the colourful
                         display of members’ table banners complemented the
                         full evening dress of the diners and altogether created
                         a wonderful atmosphere.

                         Council is delighted to announce that Mary, Lady
                         Soames, Lady of the Garter and Dame Commander of
                         the Order of the British Empire, has accepted the
                         invitation to be Guest of Honour at this year’s Dinner.

                         A booking form is enclosed with this mailing. Please
                         do complete and return it quickly so that we can
                         confirm the numbers attending in good time. In 1975
                         there were 104 diners and in 1973 there were 93, so
                         we hope that this year we shall be well past the 100

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Jul    2 Lancashire         Borders and Labels                                  Tony Consadine
       4 Norfolk            Creating Dragons                                    Ralph Brocklebank
      28 Somerset           St Decuman’s, Wachet and Orchard Wyndham

Aug    6 Lancashire         Another Surprise                                    Gwyneth Hagen

Sep    1 Middlesex          Annual General Meeting
                            followed by Members’ Afternoon
       3   Lancashire       Three Short Talks                                   Liz, Marian & Mike
       5   Norfolk          Regimental Insignia                                 Andy Anderson
       5   Birmingham       The Peplow Memorial Lecture
      12   Yorkshire        Annual General Meeting
      15   Somerset         Yatton & East Harptree with Nicholas Deas, Yatton
      26 Yorkshire          Duxbury Lecture: A Hatching of Hatchments           Peter Marshall


Captain Barrie Harcourt Kent RN, author of Signal! A
History of Signalling in the Royal Navy and a member
of the Heraldry Society, passed away on 13th February.

The hatchment above was painted by John F Mueller
of the Sussex University Heraldry Society as a tribute
to the help and support generously given to him
personally and to the Society by Captain Kent.

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           THE WHITE LION SOCIETY                                               THE PHOTOGRAPHIC
               COMES OF AGE                                                     COMPETITION 2007
    To celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the White Lion           Leopards on the gable-ends,
    Society, a dinner was held in the House of Lords,             Leopards on the painted stair,
    hosted by the Viscount Simon and with the Society’s           Stiff the blazoned shield they bear,
    President, the Duke of Norfolk, the three Kings of            Or and Gules, a bend of Vair,
    Arms and Mrs Mary Brooke-Little as the Principal              Leopards on the gable end,
    guests. The celebration was held on May 8th, the very         Leopards everywhere.
    date in 1986 on which the Society held its first
    meeting. The Society was founded by John Brooke-              ‘Leopards at Knowle’.
    Little to be a Society of Friends of the College of Arms.     Collected Poems of Vita Sackville-West
    Since its inception the Society has made an annual
    gift to the Chapter of the College, something which it        Do you have a winning photograph already lurking in
    would like to have, but which was a luxury it could not       your collection, or, like a Leopard, are you ready to
    or should not afford. These gifts have varied from            pounce when the subject breaks cover?
    historic grants of arms to photographs of old grants          This year’s competition invites you to look out for a
    not in the possession of the College, from funding for        winning photo that captures the essence of heraldry,
    exhibitions and book launches, to providing a digital         the prosaic, the quaint, the unusual and the splendid.
    camera and a scanner. The Society has held an annual          The competition is open to all members, who may also
    reception at the College at Christmas time and its            nominate entries from relatives and friends. Two
    AGM in the Guild Church of St Benet Paul’s Wharf. For         entries may be submitted and should be of different
    more information about the Society, please see the            subjects. Entry forms will be included with the
    Society’s website www.whitelionsociety.org.uk, or             September edition of the Gazette.
    contact the Secretary, Roland Symons, at 5 Weatherly
    Avenue, Bath. BA2 2PF                                         Good hunting !
    e-mail rolandsymons@hotmail.com.

     John Messenger JP (Chairman), The Viscount Simon and The Duke of Norfolk             The Assembled Guests

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                                 COOKER’S QUINTAIN & CREST
    Towards the end of 2005 I was approached by Tom         only charge on his shield. The target itself was usually
Cooker to produce a table shield of his newly granted       a small shield which was extremely difficult to hit at
Irish arms which were featured in Heraldry Gazette          speed with a lance. To encourage the budding knight
101, September 2006. The blazon of a quintain               to hit it correctly and at the right speed a heavy weight
supported by a horse posed a problem of balance             was hung from the opposite arm which spun round
which had not been addressed on the approval sketch         when the target was hit. Unless the horseman
Tom copied for me. You may think that the obvious           galloped at the right speed it would swing round with
place to draw a T shaped object is with the upright         great force and give him a resounding clout on the
placed centrally on the shield. When Tom's horse is         back of the head, often unseating him. I drew this
drawn alongside it the dexter side of the shield is left    weight swinging inward, away from the lance rest,
with a large area of 'white space,' an artistic term        which not only filled the white space but added
meaning any blank area. This throws the arms into an        movement and life to the whole picture. To add more
uncomfortable imbalance which is distinctly                 interest I gilded the target (an identical shield to the
unpleasing to the eye. The final grant painting took        one I had built) in a different carat of gold leaf than
this problem into account by simply moving the              the rest of the quintain. Oddly, the Irish artist of the
upright to the dexter to minimise the white space.          grant painting omitted this from the quintain's arm
    Had I been drawing a banner this imbalance would        altogether.

have proved an almost insurmountable problem but               As my table shields are timber rather than the silk
thankfully I was drawing the arms to fit a shield. As       of a table banner, the reverse does not have to be a
shield shapes are numerous and new ones can even            mirror image of the arms, so Tom asked me to paint his
now be created, nearly 900 years after the advent of        crest on this side. Because of the unusual shape of the
heraldry, it was a simple matter to design one to fit the   shield I had built, the artistically awkward shape of a
arms, rather then make the arms fit the shield. I found     bird on a wreath fitted reasonably well onto it,
the outline of a 17th century French shield in a book,      balancing out the white space around it. I used a dark
which had probably been copied from a carving. It was       cream background blended from a light centre into a
a stylised version of a tilting shield where the lance      dark surround to give a subtle emphasis to the crest.
rest must have been altered to suit the original design,    This also has a settling effect on the eye as we
as it would never have supported a knight's lance. I        subconsciously expect to find artwork surrounded by a
altered it further to minimise the eventual white space.    dark frame, which this mimics.
   The quintain was a practice target for medieval             While the cuckoo crest is a pun on Cooker the
horsemen which has been in heraldry for a long time         quintain can also be seen as a pun on the T of Tom.
but is rarely come across. The well know Lord of                                                      Baz Manning
Appeal from the 1970s, Baron Diplock, had one as the

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                                                                          Roger Barnes’ Heraldic Art

                                                                  I am sending this fine and topical example of
                                                              applied heraldic art, (left) which may be of interest
                                                              artistically, heraldically and personally to the
                                                                  Gregor Macaulay is the Editor of The New Zealand
                                                              Armorist, and this Order of Service for his wedding is
                                                              delightfully illuminated with relevant heraldry. It
                                                              looks splendid in black and white, and even better in
                                                              colour. This artwork was a wedding present from the
                                                                  The artist, D.R.B., is Roger Barnes, a longstanding
                                                              member of the New Zealand Branch, former editor of
                                                              The New Zealand Armorist, and principal illustrator of
                                                              it since 1974. Roger is an International Associate
                                                              Member of the Society of Heraldic Arts.
                                                                  This will be published no doubt in The New
                                                              Zealand Armorist, but I am sure that this deserves a
                                                              wider readership and will delight heraldists
                                                                                                         Jim McReady
                     The front cover
                                                                             Hodleston Hatchment

                                                                 The dexter side of the Hodleston Hatchment,
                                                              shown on the cover of the March issue (New Series
                                                              103), contains exactly 32 coats. Does this mean that
                                                              every one of Mr Hodleston’s great-great-great-
                                                              grandparents came of an armigerous family?
                                                                 If so, this is a rarity worthy of a place in the
                                                              Guinness Book of Records
                                                                                                          S D Freer
               Design from the back cover
     The coats of arms on the front cover are those of West            East Midlands Heraldry Society
        Sussex (top), the University of Otago (left), the
       University of London (right) and Gregor Macaulay
                                                                  It is with regret that I have to tell you that the East
        The linking border includes the plant badges of       Midlands Heraldry Society has ceased to exist. This is
    Scotland, England and New Zealand, St Michael slaying     owing to falling (and ageing) membership and the
    a dragon and the symbols of St Catherine (a Catherine     rising costs of hiring rooms and speakers. We can’t ask
           wheel) and St Matthew (a winged man).              a speaker to come a long way just to talk to about 10
    The arms on the back cover are those of Knox College.
      The martlet (stylised swallow) beneath the shield is        We have survived for 27 years and it is a pity but
     from the arms of West Sussex and the rooster is from     we intend to maintain contact with the few of us who
               the crest badge of the Sinclairs.              are left and have occasional get-togethers.
                                                                                                       Drusilla Armitage
              An explanation of the design

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                                                      CHURCH MONUMENTS SOCIETY
                                                    The Church Monuments Society founded in 1979
                                                    exists to promote interest in church monuments of all
                                                    types and periods. It was conceived to encourage the
                                                    appreciation, study and conservation of church
                                                    monuments both in the UK and abroad. The Society
                                                    organizes biennial symposia, biannual study days, an
                                                    AGM and regular monthly excursions to churches and
                                                    associated places of interest. It also organizes study
                                                    groups and an information service and publishes an
                                                    annual academic journal 'Church Monuments’ ,
                                                    together with a twice yearly newsletter. For further
                                                    information and details of membership, visit

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Forster-Dean, P.              Chester
Smith, P                      Rotherham
Hyatt, A                      Wolverhampton           The Society has heard with regret of the death of
Treseder, R                   Middlesex               the following:
Anderson, A                   London                  D Garrison Jr.
Gould Smith, D                Somerset                I Harkness
Mangum, S                     London                  Captain Barrie H Kent
Dabney, R.                    U.S.A.                  Robert Laing
Giles, Peter                  Devon

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                                      ARMS AND THE YOUNG
    Recent correspondence in the Gazette has
 highlighted the problem of developing an interest in
 heraldry amongst the young. The success of a recent
 project incorporating heraldic design at St Mary’s Prep
 School, Montrose, gives hope for some newly
 awakened enthusiasts.
    For this year’s senior school play headmaster John
 Brett and his wife, Clare, drama director, chose to
 produce “Orvin, Champion of Champions” - a recent
 work by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Performance standards
 here are of the highest and I was pleased to be asked
 to become designer for the show.
    The action of this “epic tale of accidental heroism”
 takes place at an unspecified date during the middle
 ages, in the rival, fictitious (and possibly Germanic)
 Kingdoms of Varne and Sollistis. Following a dramatic
 opening battle scene the eponymous hero is
 accidentally propelled into fulfilling the role of the
 conqueror of Varne. For this, as a humble squire, he is
 needless to say, ill-suited. However, triumphing over
 the evil plots laid against him by the royal house of
 Varne he finally stands hand in hand with his

                                                           sweetheart surrounded by the bodies of the royal
                                                           family - all fatally stabbed, poisoned or otherwise
                                                           dramatically dispatched. A finale owing more than a
                                                           little to “Hamlet” via Sellars and Yateman. So; plenty
                                                           in a musical-comedy history to appeal to the humour
                                                           and bloodthirstiness of the ten to thirteen year olds
                                                               It was decided to costume the characters in late
                                                           fifteenth century style although Varne Castle was
                                                           imagined to be of earlier mediaeval date; a long-
                                                           inhabited, crudely muralled barn of a great hall. “It’s
                                                           always dark in Varne” the script suggests. Thus
                                                           provided with a suitably dim background the stage
                                                           was set for the introduction of HERALDIC DISPLAY.
                                                           This was essential to identify the rival armies in the
                                                           Act One battle and for the several appearances of the
                                                           royal court of Varne. Here the expediency of a
                                                           theatrical production had to be borne in mind.
                                                           Something striking but simple and easy to reproduce
                                                           was required.
                                                               As the outcome of the initial combat hung on a
                                                           fatal cock-crow and took place “in the year of the
                                                           hedgehog” two opposing symbols were straightaway

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brought to mind. Furthermore lively heraldic animals   the shields, painting the banner poles and stencilling
would have an immediate visual appeal to the young     heraldic emblems on the scenery.
cast and audience.                                         With the stage curtains spread out for painting on
    Thus, dark and villainous Varne was deemed to      a corner of the rugby pitch quizzical pupils and parents
bear a flamboyant black cockerel and its prickly and   came to investigate and admire the chevronned
ultimately triumphant neighbour, Sollistis, a warlike  tapestries interspersed with the outlines of over life-
hedgehog.                                              sized warriors and more Varne cockerels. One skilled
                                                       and determined six-year-old completed over fifty of
                                                       them in one afternoon!
                                                           The arrival of the hired weaponry provided the final
                                                       excitement before the dress-rehearsal and the
                                                       distribution of the two-handed swords, pikes and
                                                       halberds required careful marshalling. The shortest
                                                       boys were keen to posess the tallest pikes. Some
                                                       rudimentary drill was necessary to ensure that the
                                                       weapons were not treated with the nonchalance of
                                                       cricket bats.
                                                           When fully equipped the knights and men-at-arms
                                                       were able to begin to understand the many restrictions
                                                       on movement and vision imposed by their
                                                       accoutrements. A very practical demonstration of the
                                                       historical reality. The girls also had to learn to manage
                                                       wimples, headdresses, long skirts and petticoats and
                                                       the importance of keeping these at their waists and
                                                       not allowing everything to descend to their hips as
                                                       current teen fashion demands.
                                                           Throughout the preparations I was anxious as
                                                       designer (and Heraldry Society member) to acquaint
                                                       the pupils with some of the correct historical
                                                       background to their costumes and properties. The
                                                       “whys” and “hows” of the things they were wearing,
                                                       using and making became a positive and practical
                                                       experience not usually gained from classroom
                                                       methods. Surrounded as they were for three weeks by
                                                       sable cockerels and hedgehogs argent and walking
                                                       nightly amongst castle walls with banners, shields and
                                                       swords cannot have failed to have captured the
                                                       imaginations of more than a few of the cast which it is
                                                       hoped will go on to stimulate their own interests in all
                                                       things mediaeval and heraldic.
                                                           After a successful run of sell-out performances the
                                                       make-up has been removed and everything returned to
   The idea gained the approval of the director and its alloted store . . . though I suspect that the pupils of
the imagination of the rival armies. “Are you a St Mary’s will be bringing out those colourful shields
cockerel or a hedgehog?” soon became as important on many occasions to come.
an item of discussion as the latest games results.                                               Christopher Vinz
   With the expert professional assistance of local
artist Karen Orr, who became our “herald painter”,
quantities of splendidly executed shields, banners and
surcoats made their appearance. Junior volunteers
were entrusted with less precise tasks such as lining

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                                                       WEB BROWSER
    For those of us of a certain age, a visit to the website
 www.lookandlearn.com is sure to be a journey of nostalgic self-
 indulgence. For the much younger it will be an expedition of
 discovery. Published between 1962 and 1982, Look and Learn
 magazine introduced many young people to the unique heraldic
 artwork of Dan Escott (1928-1987).
    Just go to lookandlearn.com and enter ‘Escott’ in the search box.
 You will be rewarded by a selection of page images which can be
 downloaded for private use.
     Images on this and the front page are reproduced by kind permission of

               The Worhipful Company of Salters                                                  The Beaufort Yale

                PERCY VANT                  Herald with a Difference                                   by Peter Field

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