It is with some sadness that I mark the death of Barry Wilde, doyen of neighbouring Manchester Heraldry Society, who died on February 16th at his home in the City of Swinton at the age of 59. Barry was by profession a laboratory technician but it was his enthusiasm for heraldry which brought him into contact with many societies including The White Lion Society and The Heraldry Society. He was married to Helen and leaves behind two sons and five grandchildren. His armorial bearings are a fitting memorial to his life.
Barry Christopher Wilde Esq. J.P.
Arms granted 3rd September 2003.
Arms - Per pale Gules and Azure a sword erect Argent hilt pommel and quillons Or between two Suns in splender visaged also Or.
Crest - A demi Wolf Argent armed and langued Azure holding in the dexter paw a rose Gules barbed and seeded proper and resting the sinister paw on a Millrind Or.
The sword is to represent the numerous causes that Mr. Wilde gets involved with. The suggestion to include a sword in the arms was done a little tongue in cheek as he has no personal military background and feels lucky that the suggestion was accepted. The two suns represent his his pride and joy, his offspring. The crest bears a red rose for Lancashire, a millrind for engineering and a wolf that may also be seen in the original arms of the City of Salford, his hometown.
[Image, blazon and rational behind the design courtesy of The Greater Manchester Heraldry Society]
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