Saturday, 9 August 2008

Alexander Dunsmure (take two).

On the 27th July I reported on the eBay sale of the matriculation document of the arms of Alexander Dunsmure and some days later I noticed that the same vendor was offering for sale more historical documents relating to the same name. Described (erroneously) as a Victorian Grant of arms, the document appears to be a confirmation of arms (now quartered) by Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of arms. The document sold for £103 but, sadly, it is now separated from the letters patent referred to earlier as it went to a different buyer.

Confirmation of arms to Alexander Dunsmure

Described by the seller thus (why do these people use upper case letters?):

[Quote]A VICTORIAN GRANT OF ARM TO ALEXANDER DUNSMURE 1891. FINE HERALDIC ILLUSTRATION

STATES THAT ALEXANDER DUNSMURE IS LIVING IN GLENBRUACH, THE SON OF, JAMES DUNSMURE SOMETIME SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF BRITISH FISHERY.

COMPLETE WITH IT'S ORIGINAL ENVELOPE.

THE ENVELOPE WITH 3 LONDON POSTMARKS ON VICTORIAN STAMPS IS A HOUSE OF COMMONS ENVELOPE WITH EMBOSSED STAMP.

SIGNED TO FRONT, W A J AMHURST MP, ALONG WITH HIS BLACK WAX SEAL TO BACK. ALSO CALLANDER POSTMARK.

MAILED TO.

ALEXANDER DUNSMURE ESQ. GLENBRUACK, CALLANDER N.B. (NORTH BERWICK). 

SIGNED BY J BERNARD BURKE. ULSTER.

Sir John Bernard Burke, 5 January 1814 – 12 December 1892 was a British Officer of Arms and Genealogist.

His father, John Burke 1787–1848, was also a genealogist, and in 1826 issued a Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom. This work, generally known as Burke's Peerage. [End Quote]

Confirmation of the arms of Alexander Dunsmure

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