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The Gunpowder Plotters – Gentlemen All

October 3rd, 2018 · Comments Off on The Gunpowder Plotters – Gentlemen All

I’m looking forward to November when, on the 8th, I shall be giving an illustrated talk, on the subject of The Gunpowder Plotters – Gentlemen All, to the Suffolk Heraldry Society. The talk will be held at The Quaker Meeting House, St.John’s Street (access can also be had from St.Andrew’s Street North), Bury St.Edmunds, IP33 1SJ and it will commence at 2:30 p.m.

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Visitations at a discount

September 19th, 2018 · Comments Off on Visitations at a discount

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The Adams Family

September 17th, 2018 · Comments Off on The Adams Family

Recent conversations about The Addams Family, a fictional household created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, reminded me that there is another family of the same name of far greater historical importance, the Adams family of North Staffordshire. Richard Adams, 1739 – 1811, was a master Potter and is of immense importance to the history of pottery making.

The Adams family and the families they married into were, in the most part, armigerous.

Images from Notes on some North Staffordshire Families by Percy Adams.

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Book Review in the Heraldry Gazette

September 15th, 2018 · Comments Off on Book Review in the Heraldry Gazette

I was most gratified to see, in the September edition of the Heraldry Gazette, a book review of my latest illustrated book The Visitations of Cheshire 1613: A Cheshire Armorial however, I felt obliged to send the following note to the editor.

“I am most grateful for the book review (The Heraldry Gazette September 2018) however, I feel I ought to drop you a note to preempt the inevitable outcries over the impression lent by the review that the book is based upon a work by Ormerod; this is a result of the reviewers editing of two paragraphs into one short sentence, an inevitable result no doubt of a lack of space, and not an error by the author. The work, as stated in the book under review, is in fact based upon the armorial bearings recorded at the Heralds’ Visitations of Cheshire in the year 1613 as published in 1909 by The Records Society for the publication of original documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire.

Would you kindly note my corrective comments lest I be hung drawn and quartered as an innocent man! ”

P.S. Should you need to refer to it, the unaltered reference is as follows:

This book is the second of a series of illustrated armorials entitled Cheshire Heraldry. None of the books in this series are intended to be authoritative; their simple purpose is to act as an illustrated companion to add some colour to other more scholarly works such as the Harleian MS series of Cheshire Visitations and the magnum opus produced by George Ormerod entitled The history of the county palatine and city of Chester …incorporated with a republication of King’s Vale Royal and Leycester’s Cheshire antiquities.

This volume features illustrations of the armorial bearings recorded at the Heralds’ Visitations of Cheshire in the year 1613 as published in 1909 by The Records Society for the publication of original documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire. The book published by The Records Society contains few illustrations and those that are included are in black and white.

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Napoleonic Heraldry

September 12th, 2018 · Comments Off on Napoleonic Heraldry

The lectures of the Cheshire Heraldry Society kick off with a welcome visit from Charles J. Burnett Esq. KStJ, DA, MLitt, FHSS, FSAScot former Ross Herald of Arms who will be talking to us on the 22nd September on the topic of Napoleonic Heraldry. Details can be found on the Society’s webpage http://cheshire-heraldry.org.uk/society

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Facsimile Books

August 3rd, 2018 · Comments Off on Facsimile Books

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Cheshire Heraldry Visitations 1613

June 8th, 2018 · Comments Off on Cheshire Heraldry Visitations 1613

New.

I have now published the second in the illustrated companions to the Cheshire Visitations.

CHESHIRE HERALDRY THE VISITATIONS OF 1613. This purpose of this book is to act as an illustrated companion to add some colour to the Harleian MS series of Cheshire Visitations. This volume features 178 colour illustrations of the armorial bearings recorded at the Heralds’ Visitations of Cheshire in the year 1613 as published in 1909 by The Records Society for the Publication of Original Documents Relating to Lancashire and Cheshire. The book published by The Records Society contains few illustrations and those that are included are in black and white. Although the visitations contained a collection of pedigrees of families with the right to bear arms this work confines itself to their armorial bearings alone. The author has simply attempted to turn the written description of the arms (the blazon) into a coloured illustration for every relevant entry.

Hardcover 144 pages Price: £39.99 (if you are quick, you can take advantage of a 10% discount – until June 14th – but you must use the code) 

 

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Copyright Martin S. J. Goldstraw (Standard Copyright Licence); PublisherMartin S. J. Goldstraw; Published 30 May 2018; LanguageEnglish; Pages144; Binding Hardcover (casewrap); Interior InkFull colour; Weight 0.64 kg; Dimensions (centimetres) 20.96 wide x 27.31 tall; Product ID23664938.

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Bookplate Society ‘Summer Visit’ to Ashbourne, Derbyshire

May 23rd, 2018 · Comments Off on Bookplate Society ‘Summer Visit’ to Ashbourne, Derbyshire

The Bookplate Society are putting the final touches to their programme for the Bookplate Society’s  on the 14th July, and very much hope you might be able to join them on the day. The day is planned very much with the idea of providing members a little north of ‘Watford Gap’, with the opportunity to meet other members, swap or purchase bookplates, meet some of the Society’s authors, visit the ancient St Oswald’s Church (dedicated 1241), enjoy a sit-down buffet lunch and visit The Mansion, the fine house of Dr Taylor visited many times by his friend Dr Samuel Johnson (and Boswell). The day will wind-up with a ‘demonstration auction’ over afternoon tea and cakes – bidding restricted to only those members attending on the day.

Partners and friends accompanying members might be interested, in the morning, exploring  Ashbourne’s High Street and its many interesting old shops. The area around Ashbourne is justly famous for its beauty, and those wishing to extend their weekend will find many attractions close by to choose from. I do hope you will consider coming to Ashbourne on the 14th July. The cost of the day is set at £14.50 to include morning/afternoon teas and buffet lunch. Members are encouraged to bring their duplicate bookplates (or albums) either to show & share, swap or sell.

It would be most helpful if you could let  the Secretary: Bruce Robertson, 73 Bow Road, London E3 2AN Tel: 020 8983 4206 Email: secretary@bookplatesociety.org know if you plan to come to Ashbourne, so that he can reserve your place(s).  he will then be in touch in June with final arrangements.

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Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates

April 10th, 2018 · Comments Off on Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates

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Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates; A.D. 1600 TO 1678.
Edited by John Paul Rylands.

First Published in 1882. Funeral certificates represent a significant class of records dating from the late 16th to the early 18th century. These accounts of heraldic funerals contain, in addition to heraldry, details of death, burial, marriages, children and so on. This volume, originally printed for the Record Society in 1882, contains extracts covering the years 1600 to 1678 from the counties of Cheshire and Lancashire (mostly Cheshire). This volume is a good quality facsimile copy of the original.

ISBN 9780244075613

Copyright Cheshire Heraldry (Standard Copyright Licence)

Published 23 March 2018

Language English

Pages 278

Binding Hardcover (casewrap)

Interior Ink Black & white

Weight 0.45 kg

Dimensions (centimetres) 15.24 wide x 22.86 tall

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Family and Soul: Memorial, Commemoration and the English Parish Church

February 27th, 2018 · Comments Off on Family and Soul: Memorial, Commemoration and the English Parish Church

The Cheshire Heraldry Society is pleased to announce that our next talk, to be held on Saturday March 17th, is sponsored by The Heraldry Society and is actually a preliminary showing of The Heraldry Society’s own April Lecture.
The talk, to be given by Dr John Hunt of the Department of History,University of Birmingham is:
Family and Soul: Memorial, Commemoration and the English Parish Church
‘Cult of memory’ and ‘cult of family’ form the basis of this lecture, within the perceived continuum of the temporal and spiritual worlds, mutually supportive of each other. It will be primarily concerned with elites in local society, mainly gentry and knightly families, and how they were remembered and commemorated within the context of English parish churches, particularly but not exclusively in the western midlands.
If you can’t manage a trip to London in April, why not come to Macclesfield, we are well served by train and we would be delighted to receive your support; this will be an excellent talk by a learned speaker and your opportunity to hear it first.
The meeting will be held at Townley Street Schoolroom, Townley Street, Macclesfield, starting at 2.30 pm, (room opens at 2.00 pm) followed by refreshments. The venue is but a short walk from the Railway Station and there is a Pay and Display car park 100 yds away.

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