College of Arms Foundation

The Foundation was incorporated in New York State in 1983 for the purpose of raising funds towards the upkeep and renovation of HM's College of Arms.

The Foundation was incorporated in New York State in 1983 for the purpose of raising funds towards the upkeep and renovation of HM's College of Arms.

[05/16/19]   American Friends of St. George's Chapel & Descendants of the Knights of the Garter: the annual meeting of this society was held on 9 April 2019 in Washington, DC. The speaker was Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms and Secretary of the Order of the Garter.

Source: H.M. College of Arms Newsletter.

[05/13/19]   Sir Conrad Swan, KCVO: Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms, appeared with Gordon Caseley on Last Word, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 3 February 2019, to discuss the late Garter King of Arms, who died in January.

Source: H.M. College of Arms Newsletter.

A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to David STEER of Eccleston, in the Borough of St Helens, QC, DL, by Letters Patent of Garter and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 13 September 2018. College reference: Grants 181/258. The Arms and Crest are illustrated left, and the blazon is as follows:
Arms: Gules three full bottomed Wigs two and one Argent on a Pile also Argent issuant in chief seven Pallets couped two three and two Sable.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Sable A Horse passant Sable the lower legs bandaged Argent resting the dexter forehoof on a Fireman’s Brass Helmet Or.
Badge (not illustrated): Within a Circlet of Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper slipped and leaved Vert a Bodkin erect Or surmounting a Pencil Argent and a threaded Needle Sable in saltire all points downwards.

Source: H.M. College of Arms Newsletter

A grant of Arms and Crest was made to Simon Michael LEACH of the London Borough of Wandsworth by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 1 November 2018. College reference: Grants 181/289. The blazon is as follows:
Arms: Ermine two Cranes respectant Gules beaked and membered and the exterior legs raised Or.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Gules A Crane Gules beaked membered and gorged with a Collar pendant therefrom by an Annulet a Cross Patonce Or and supporting with the sinister foot a Lozenge Sable.

Source: H.M. College of Arms Newsletter.

A grant of Arms and Crest was made to Dale Andrew POTTER of Dookie, Victoria, Australia, OAM, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 30 November 2018. College reference: Grants 181/337.

The blazon reads:
Arms: Bleu Celeste a Stag sejant Argent attired and unguled Or holding in the mouth a Slip pointing downwards Murrey growing and falling therefrom Petals Argent on a Chief engrailed Pean two Wolf's Heads erased Argent.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent Murrey and Bleu Celeste Rising between two Mural Crowns each of one embrasure manifest Or a Slip Vert petalled Argent perched thereon a Tawny Frogmouth Bird proper holding in the beak a sprig of Golden Wattle leaved and flowered proper.

Source: H.M. College of Arms Newsletter.

The Royal Arms: Queen Victoria was born 200 years ago, on 24 May 1819, and came to the throne on 20 June 1837, on the death of William IV. The German possessions of the Crown passed to her uncle Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, who became King of Hanover. At a meeting of the Privy Council held on 21 July 1837 it was ordered that the Earl Marshal should appoint proper persons to attend a committee of the Council, who were to settle what alterations might be necessary to the Royal Arms as far as Hanover was concerned. The Earl Marshal appointed Sir William Woods, Clarenceux King of Arms, then acting as Deputy Garter, as well as Joseph Hawker, Richmond Herald and Charles Young, York Herald. A further meeting of the Privy Council held on 26 July received the report of the committee, which stated that the Officers of Arms had advised changes to the Royal Arms whereby the escutcheon representing the German possessions should be omitted. An illustration of the design is shown left, taken from the official records of the College of Arms. This was approved by Queen Victoria and a Royal Proclamation then issued dated 26 July 1837 setting out the new Royal Arms. The Royal Arms are still used in this form today. College reference: I.51/127.

Source: HM College of Arms Newsletter.

Congratulations to Major General Alastair Andrew Bernard Reibey Bruce of Crionaich, KStJ OBE VR DL on his appointment as Governor of Edinburgh Castle.

Congratulations to both Dame Mary Peters and the Marquis of Salisbury on their appointment to the Order of the Garter by H. M. The Queen. Directors of the Foundation look forward to seeing them both in June at Windsor Castle.

The President, Board of Directors and Members of the College of Arms Foundation would like to extend birthday greetings to H.R.H. Prince Andrew, Duke of York KG, GCVO, CD, ADC.

On behalf of the Board of the College of Arms Foundation I’d like to personally thank and welcome all our new Facebook followers. Please message us any heraldry questions you might have and don’t forget to ask us about membership options.

Duke of Cambridge, one of the six current royal dukedoms in the United Kingdom, is a hereditary title of specific rank of nobility in the British royal family. The title (named after the city of Cambridge in England) is hereditary among male agnatic descendants of the titleholder by primogeniture, and has been conferred upon members of the British royal family several times. The wife of the titleholder is usually called the Duchess of Cambridge.

The title goes back to the 17th century, and superseded an earlier title of Earl of Cambridge. The title became extinct several times, before being revived after a hiatus of over a hundred years in 2011, when it was bestowed upon Prince William on 29 April 2011 upon his marriage on the same day to Catherine Middleton.

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The elements composing a full coat of arms, called an achievement of arms, derive from the equipment of a medieval knight.

They are: A shield with heraldic markings or devices (called charges), above which are a helmet topped by a crest.

Often attached to the helmet and surrounding the shield is flowing material known as mantling, which is alludes to the material used to protect the knight from the sun's rays (it is now solely decorative).

A motto usually completes the coat of arms.

The shields of peers, senior knights and leading corporate bodies are flanked by supporters (usually representations of real or imagined people or beasts).

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The Duke of Norfolk is the premier Duke in the peerage of England, and also, as Earl of Arundel, the premier earl. The Duke of Norfolk is, moreover, the Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England. The seat of the Duke of Norfolk is Arundel Castle in Sussex, although the title refers to the county of Norfolk. The current Duke is Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk. The Dukes have historically been Catholic, a state of affairs known as recusancy in England.

Arms: Quarterly, 1st: Gules on a Bend between six Cross-crosslets fitchy Argent an Escutcheon Or charged with a Demi-lion rampant pierced through the mouth by an arrow within a Double Tressure flory counterflory of the first (Howard); 2nd: Gules three Lions passant gardant in pale Or, Armed and Langued Azure, in chief a Label of three points Argent (Plantagenet of Norfolk); 3rd: Checky Or and Azure (Warenne); 4th: Gules a Lion rampant Or, Armed and Langued Azure (Fitzalan).

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It’s with heavy hearts that we publish the following post acknowledging the passing of Sir Conrad Marshall John Fisher Swan KCVO FSA, sometime Garter Principle King of Arms (1992-1995). The thoughts of all Directors and members are with his friends and family.

Dear COAF Friends and Supporters,

You Can Help the College of Arms Foundation Achieve Its Goal.

I am writing to you as one who is enamoured with the art, science and craft of heraldry, particularly as practiced in England by the College of Arms.It is my hope that you will want to help to fund the production of A Catalogue of Manuscripts at the College of Arms by making a donation to the College of Arms Foundation. Your gift will go to produce the index.

In 1988 the College of Arms published the first volume of A Catalogue of Manuscripts in the College of Arms: Collections, a substantial 600-page volume covering the earliest unofficial collections and including what is sometimes called the Old Library. It was always envisaged that the Catalogue would have a parallel Records series, covering the official registers of the College's work.
The principal content of the first volume of this new series, supported by the Foundation, is the visitation records. The editor of the Records volume is Robert Yorke, FSA, longtime Archivist of the College with over 30 years of experience with the College's manuscripts and of their use by scholars.

The new volume is a work of major scholarly import the likes of which do not appear every day, due to the scholarship required to analyse and place in context the documents. Only the College – the oldest heraldic authority in the world – has the institutional knowledge to undertake such a project.

I hope that you will want to support this very worthwhile cause with a tax deductible donation to the Foundation of $500, $250, $100 or $50. Please mail your check payable to COAF to:
The College of Arms Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 22393
Charleston, SC 29413-2393
Or you can send electronically via PayPal to [email protected]

In other news, the mission of the Foundation has not changed since its founding in 1983: namely, to support the work of the College of Arms by promoting awareness and appreciation of the English heraldry. Our operating costs are entirely underwritten by the directors. (One personally underwrites to cost of hosting the website and our social media campaign costing £180 per month.) Therefore, when you give to the Foundation you can be assured that nothing will be used for overhead and administrative costs.

With best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Yours sincerely,

John Shannon, President
The Foundation’s EIN is 13-3152635

The archives of the College of Arms include an account book, which records sums paid over the years 1708- 1710. Internal evidence suggests that the author may have been a member of the Kettle family of Waterbeach in the County of Cambridge.
The items include references to sums paid to her husband, as well as to tradesmen, family members and others, for the ordered management of the household’s economy. Into this notebook a later owner has, perhaps regrettably, stuck a cut-up copy of The Arms of all the Cities and Borough-towns in England and Wales, engraved and published in large sheets by William Jackson in 1714.
Source: College of Arms Newsletter

Christopher Harvey, Head of Conservation, spoke at a conference organised by The Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen. His paper, entitled 'Collections within collections: Conservation of Bindings of Multiple Manuscripts at the College of Arms Library, London', presented a case study of the conservation of two early manuscript volumes. The study demonstrated the often complex nature of remedial treatment, highlighting the importance of documentation and collation, together with research into the creation of structures that compensate and support manuscript book blocks with sections of varying thicknesses.

Follow the link below for an abstract of his paper: https://nors.ku.dk/cc/programme-2018/abstracts/Christopher_Harvey.pdf

A grant of Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge was made to John Marc WHEAT of Arlington County, Virginia, USA, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 27 February 2018. College reference: Grants 181/109.:

Arms: Azure on a Pale Or between two Bells Argent each in front of and enfiled through the ring by the stem of an Ear of Wheat slipped Or a Bell in front of and enfiled through the ring by the stem of an Ear of Wheat slipped Azure.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A demi heraldic Tyger holding in the dexter paw a Pentagon Azure fimbriated and charged with a Horseshoe Or.

A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Richard Jerzy Kozak of the London Borough of Southwark, JP, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 1 March 2018. College reference: Grants 181/107. The blazon is as follows:
Arms: Argent two Foxes combatant Gules on a Chief Gules an Eagle displayed Or.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules Issuant from a Circlet checky Argent and Gules a Mount Vert thereon a Mouflon statant guardant Sable armed Or between two Lily of the Valley Plants the flowers outwards proper.
Badge (not shown): A Mouflon’s Head caboshed Sable armed Or within a Circlet of Lily of the Valley flowers linked by their stems proper.

A grant of Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Stephen Harvey NACOL of Monterey County, California, USA, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 17 April 2018. A pedigree registered at the College shows him to be sixth in descent from Overton Walton of Putnam County, Georgia, USA, who was born in North America and was stated in 1820 to be aged 45 years or over. College reference: Grants 181/139.
The blazon of the Arms is as follows:
Arms: Argent on a Cross potent throughout Gules between four Fleurs de Lys in saltire bases inwards Azure a Sword point downwards Argent hilt and pomel Or.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules Within an Ancient Crown Or a demi Cocker Spaniel Gules supporting over the shoulder a Staff Or flowing therefrom a Banner of the Arms. Mantled Gules doubled Argent.
Badge (not shown): A Roundel Argent surmounted by a Cross floretty Gules surmounted at the centre by a Rose Or barbed proper.

Spurce: College of Arms Foundation Newsletter

A grant of Arms and Crest was made to Sir Walter Leonard ALLINSON of Pangbourne, District of West Berkshire, KCVO, CMG, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 8 June 2018. College reference: Grants 181/167. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Azure three Chevronels interlaced Argent on a Chief wavy Or three Lime Trees eradicated proper.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure A demi Asian Black Bear proper playing a Set of Bagpipes Or the cords Sable the bag in Gordon tartan also proper. Mantled Azure doubled Or.

Source: College of Arms Foundation Newsletter

A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to St Edward's School in Oxford, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 5 December 2017. The Patent recites in brief the history of the foundation, from its establishment in 1863. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Azure a Cross flory between four Ancient Crowns impaling Per fess Sable and Or a Pale counterchanged in the Or an Ermine Spot Sable and in the Sable a Trefoil slipped Or the whole within a Bordure also Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Issuant from a Cup Or a Dagger erect point downwards Argent hilt and pommel Or.

Badge (not illustrated): Issuant from a Cup Or a Dagger erect downwards Argent hilt and pommel Or.

College reference: Grants 181/40

Source: College of Arms Newsletter

Achievement of Arms of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

Yesterday one of our directors was at Chichester Cathedral and took these wonderful photographs.

A selection of heraldic related pictures taken by one of our directors while visiting the home of the Earl Marshall His Grace The Duke of Norfolk.

Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to approve the Badge of the Border Protection Squadron. The Badge is used by Her Majesty's Cutters , operated by Border Force.

Source: College of Arms Newsletter

[02/26/18]   XXth Colloquium of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique: on 11 November 2017 Patric Dickinson, Clarenceux King of Arms and Secretary of the Order of the Garter, gave a paper entitled “The Stall Plates, Banners and Crests of the Companions of the Order of the Garter in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor” at this Colloquium, which was held in the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, its theme being The great orders of chivalry and their heraldic traditions.

Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society: on 18 January 2018 Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, spoke to this society on the subject of the Heralds' Visitations of London. David White, Somerset Herald, will address the society on 26 April 2018 on the Arms of Captain James Cook.

A grant of Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Rakesh SHARMA of Hunningham, Warwickshire, OBE, by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 1 December 2017. College reference: Grants 181/23. The Arms are shown left, and the blazon reads as follows:

Arms: Vert two Flashes of Lightning in saltire Argent between four Indian Elephants ambulant Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Vert Rising from a Closed Book fesswise Argent edged Or a Phoenix Vert the flames proper holding in the beak a Bezant.

Badge (not shown): Within a Circlet of Bezants a Pineapple leaved proper.

Source: College of Arms Newsletter

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