Wednesday 31 May 2017

Sherd of Sherd and Disley

Latest addition to the Visitations of 1660.

Sherd of Sherd and DisleyArms: Argent, on a bend Sable, a rose of the first, in sinister chief a hunting horn stringed of the second.
Crest: A hunting horn Argent, stringed Sable.

"Respite given for proofe of these arms, but no proofe made 1663."

Tuesday 30 May 2017

And for my father

My father is presently uppermost in my mind as he is most unwell and has recently entered a hospice to ensure that during his remaining days he receives the very best of care. There are many things we all mean to do, or share, with our loved ones and somehow, time moves on and we never really get around to doing them. I am very aware that this is an heraldic blog and in a moment I'll share something heraldic but first, my one (perhaps somewhat silly) none heraldic regret is that I never got a chance to sit down with him to watch the 2013 Disney version of The Lone Ranger. When I was a very young boy my bedtime routine with my father was that he would tell me stories and many were about the Lone Ranger; I loved the way he told them. Children, especially boys, of the 1950's will understand that we were bombarded with T.V. movies and programmes about the "wild west". I know that he would have appreciated the humour of the 2013 version and I remember him telling me about "the silver bullet". Oh well, I shall always have that memory and, even if I don't get the chance to share the film, watching it by myself will always remind me of him.

Back to heraldry. I finally got around to asking Ljubodrag to produce a version of my arms to be used by courtesy by my father per the precedent set by Innes of Learney some years ago. Herewith the Goldstraw arms debruised by a label enarched of one point for difference. I raise a glass to you Dad.

Friday 26 May 2017

Rode of Rode

Rode of Rode Arms: Argent, two trefoils and a chief Sable.
Crest: A wolf's head Sable round the neck a rope knotted Argent.

Robinson of Mobberley

Robinson of MobberleyArms: (on tomb at Mobberley): Vert, on a fess between three bucks trippant Or a trefoil slipped of the field.

"No armes produced"
"Respite given for shewing and making proofe of the Armes but nothing performed therein .."

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Pritchard of Bostock

Pritchard of BostockArms: Argent, a chevron between three boars' heads couped Sable.

"No proofe made of these Armes"

Pott of Pott

Pott of PottArms: Or, two bars and over all a bend Azure a mullet Gules for cadency.
Crest: On a mound Vert a leopard sejant Proper collared and chained Or.

Pindar, of Idenshaw

Pindar, of Idenshaw
Arms: Azure, a chevron Argent between three lions' heads erased Ermine crowned Or a canton Gules charged with a dexter hand couped of the second.
Crest: A lion's head erased Argent crowned Or.

Thursday 18 May 2017

Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Saturday will see me boarding a train to Preston in Lancashire in order to present a talk to the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society  (Annual Conference and A.G.M.) on "Squirrels and Chevrons": A study of the many and varied arms used by the descendants of Lidulph de Twemlow.

I shall be in good company as other speakers are Steve Halliwell who will present a talk on "Moses Holden 1777 - 1864; a Freeman of Preston, Astronomer and self taught genius and Bill Taylor who will speak on "Lost on the Lusitania"

Monday 8 May 2017

Time Team at Poulton Abbey in Cheshire

Not particularly heraldic but interesting from a Cheshire historical point of view, here is a Time Team video showing the dig to reveal Poulton Abbey in Cheshire, the predecessor of Dieulacres Abbey in Leek. Poulton was granted the land in 1147 and the monks later moved to Leek in 1214.

Saturday 6 May 2017

Cheshire Heraldry Publications

I have produced and privately published a number of facsimiles of Cheshire Heraldry Books along with some for Shropshire and some of a more general heraldic nature as well as the illustrated companion to the 1580 Visitations.

There is presently a discount available on the facsimiles available via Lulu.

College of Arms Newsletter April 2024

 The latest College of Arms Newsletter for April 2024 is now online .

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