June 28th, 2016 · Comments Off on Cheshire Heraldry
I have just turned down a very polite request to licence the name “Cheshire Heraldry” for commercial use by someone who thought it would be a good idea to start a small heraldry/surname franchise (a bucket shop) in Cheshire. The very polite initial enquiry asked if I would mind if he traded as Cheshire Heraldry!
Of Course I mind. In its own small way, Cheshire Heraldry has, over an increasing number of years, become a brand in its own right and I have absolutely no intention of having that brand associated with the questionable activities of any heraldry bucket shop. I persuaded the would be business man that he would be most unwise to risk his investment funds by using the name Cheshire Heraldry as I would certainly sue under the common law tort of passing off; I have traded and published under that name for over 17 years. Whether I also succeeded in persuading him that he would have a clearer conscience if he embarked on a more ethical business venture remains to be seen.
While I was “talking” to my friend the would be business man I decided that, as a further protection to the name, I would incorporate Cheshire Heraldry as a Limited Company. I shall continue, for the moment at least, to declare the income I receive from Cheshire Heraldry as a sole trader and I shall use the limited company in its dormant state to hold any other intellectual property I might consider in the future.
April 29th, 2016 · Comments Off on I just can’t keep up with it any-more!
I can’t keep up with it any more and I’m wondering why I should even bother.
On 23rd January 2014 I wrote on my Cheshire Heraldry Blog that I was shocked to learn that Andrew Stewart Jamieson had decided to lay down his heraldic paint brush and would no longer be taking any more commercial commissions to paint armorial bearings. Then, on 19th March 2015 I reported that it had been brought to my attention that Andrew Stuart Jamieson, who styles himself “Queen’s scribe and illuminator” had decided to return to the world of heraldic art. Now, it appears that we are back to square one with an announcement made by him on the 25th April (on his Facebook page) that he is no longer accepting commissions and has moved out of the field of heraldic art and into the field of fine art!
I think I’m probably repeating myself (hopefully for the final time) but I like Mr. Jamieson’s heraldic work and his heraldry will be missed. Fortunately for those wishing to commission art work he isn’t (or should that be wasn’t) the only good heraldic artist out there.
April 15th, 2016 · Comments Off on Mathews’ American Armoury
This is the latest historical reprint from the stable of The Armorial Register.
Matthews’ American Armoury and Blue Book
First published in 1907, this book contains a list of many of the Americans with coats of arms. It includes biographical information, genealogical information, as well as a description of the arms, crest, and motto. Other information listed include clubs and societies the individual belonged to, and the persons’ residences along with a list of Royal Warrant Holders
A Clean original facsimile of the original, not an OCR copy.
The book, part of The Classic History and Heraldry Series, is in hardback with 358 pages and 923 black and white illustrations of Arms reproduced by facsimile from the original volume and is 6in wide x 9in tall (13.29cm wide x 22.23cm tall).
Price: £29.99 UK Pounds + Shipping & Packaging
Tags: Facsimiles · Heraldry · Publications
February 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on Lawton of Lawton (Not)
My reader will know that I wear a number of hats, one of which is Director and Editor to The Armorial Register and it is no secret that we refuse far more applicants than we accept. I don’t usually make public details of refusals and they are usually kept private, for our own amusement, in a Rogues Gallery, however, today we received an application from a professional gentleman from the State of Texas, USA, which has a particular relevance to Cheshire heraldry.
The application was in the name of Lawton. I shall spare the applicant further embarrassment and withhold exact details of his name but alarm bells rang immediately because he used the title Sir, post-nominals CM.Hkt.B (whatever they are) and stated that he was Baron of XXXXXXXX, London.
He stated that his arms had been “granted by Robert Cook, Clarencieux by l’res patentes. Dated 14 R. Elizabeth (1572)” and had been “registered in Burke’s General Armory, 1884”. These details, along with the blazon, are correct in as much as they refer to the arms of Lawton of Lawton as recorded in Visitations of Cheshire however, the image submitted with the application was pure Bucket Shop.
Bucket shop arms of Lawton: Name in motto scroll is a definite no no, these are the arms an English gentleman who would never us that helmet, and the poor overall depiction and scale of the crest are all indications of the fact that these are bucket shop arms.
The Lawton Family is well known and well documented. Their armorial bearings are lavisly illustrated in a number of places in Cheshire and especially so on their own estates and they have beautiful hatchments in Church Lawton; it is highly unlikely that a scion of this family, who would be well aware of his heraldic heritage, would have to pay $9.95 to find out what his “family crest” was.
Where a citizen of the United States of America is claiming armorial bearings by descent from an armigerous ancestor who emigrated to the USA from England where the arms were granted to said ancestor, we expect to see a recent exemplification of the arms (from The College of Arms) or genealogical proof of descent from an armiger.
Sadly, this appears to be yet another example of ignorance of the fact that (in England) there is no such thing as a “surname” Coat of Arms.
Tags: Fakes and Fables · Heraldry
January 28th, 2016 · Comments Off on Bookplate Society Complains
Bookplate Society Complains;
I copy below a Press release penned by the Chairman of The Bookplate Society as a complaint against The National Library of Scotland. In my humble opinion, use the headline Scottish Avarice was perhaps a little misguided when the complaint is not directed against the Scots in general but the National Library specifically however, the point being made is of heraldic interest:
[Quote] SCOTTISH AVARICE – SCANDAL OF NLS CHARGES FOR REPRODUCTION RIGHTS
Six scanned images are needed from the National Library of Scotland, without which The Bookplate Society is unable to publish a 3-page article planned for the next 72-page issue of The Bookplate Journal.
In addition to normal reprographic charges, the NLS is demanding licence fees of £60 ($85) per image. The NLS fees appear on its website at www.nls.uk/using-the-library/copying-services/permission/fees. Such an outrageously high level of fees is unaffordable for a small not-for-profit society of 270 subscribers. The sum of £360 ($510) represents about 4% of the Society’s subscription income. In its journal and two-yearly book, the Society publishes over 250 images annually, so if all images were to be sourced from the NLS, the cost would be one-and-a-half times the Society’s total subscription income. Expressed in another way, the NLS has set a fee for the reproduction of an exlibris equal to roughly £2 ($3) per square centimetre of image or £13 ($18) per square inch. The required images cannot be sourced elsewhere because these are of 18th century items of which no other prints are known. This may in UK law be viewed as an unfair contract term and amounts to extortion.
The NLS introduced a new scale of charges last summer, claiming to reflect the principles established in the PSI Directive (the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No. 1415) which implement European Directive 2013/37/EU). However, the NLS interpretation and scale of charges is totally out of line with other similar institutions and with the spirit of the legislation. In an email dated 27 January 2016, the NLS refuses to modify its charges either for low usage or for not-for-profit entities. The NLS is deaf to suggestions that it is breaching the trust of those who in the past made bequests of collections now in the care of the NLS.
The Bookplate Society is run by volunteers who, it seems, will now have to spend time escalating a formal complaint to the Office of the Information Commissioner.
We have already introduced a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 for the NLS to supply an explanation with complete and detailed costings of how it calculates its fee for the re-use of still images. This is for the reason that the NLS is working out its licence fee on a fully-costed basis instead of a marginal costing basis, and we believe that the difference between the two methods is huge. The NLS has until 19 February 2016 to reply.
This is not a minor one-off issue, but is of material importance for any publisher who now wishes to print images sourced from the NLS.
Readers of this notice are invited to send emails of complaint to Dr John Scally, National Librarian and Chief Executive (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to James Boyle, a former Controller of BBC Radio 4, recently appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Library of Scotland (email@example.com).
Hon Treasurer and Membership Secretary
The Bookplate Society [End Quote]
January 15th, 2016 · Comments Off on Grants of Arms by ‘Private’ Individuals in England and Wales
I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at Macclesfield when The Cheshire Heraldry Society will be the hosting the talk Grants of Arms by ‘Private’ Individuals in England and Wales c.1300-1450 to be given by Adrian Ailes F.S.A., F.H.S.
This talk was the Heraldry Society’s John Brooke-Little Lecture in February 2015.
Tags: Cheshire Heraldry Society
January 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on One step closer to equality with Wales and Scotland?
Yesterday the UK Parliament discussed the possibility of England and Northern Ireland having their own anthems for use at sports events and, after a debate, the proposition received support and it will move on to a second reading in March.
It was a reasonable debate and the result is most welcome however the contribution made by Jacob Rees-Mogg was naive and ill-informed to say the least. His view that to provide an anthem for each nation was divisive laughably ignored the fact that it is sport itself which has divided the nations; there is after all no UK or GB national team but teams for each individual nation.
His comment was also a further example of the rather unfathomable view that England must somehow represent the UK as a whole and it fails to recognise that Wales and Scotland have already removed themselves from the “National Anthem” of the UK and the divide has therefore already happened.
That said, what anthem should England adopt? Whilst I am very fond of Jerusalem (it was the only one that the boys at my Church of England school would sing with absolute flourish and enjoyment) I have reservations as to its value in an all inclusive English society. I agree that the use of the present National Anthem should be abandoned (in a sports context only you understand) but what to replace it with? The present anthem was never perfect in that it is a religious anthem and may well therefore have prevented sport enthusiasts who are atheists and agnostics from feeling fully included but at least the “God” in “God Save Our Gracious Queen” can be the God of any religion. There appears to be an instinctive call to replace it with Jerusalem but I am uncomfortable with this option; much as I love it, this is a specifically Christian Hymn and would likely alienate a great proportion of the English sports fans who are non Christian in their belief or simply non believers. I remain open to suggestions for a suitable replacement.
January 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on Why do we avoid flying the English flag?
I have just received this year’s list of dates which may be useful to those in Civic Office from the National Association of Civic Officers and, although I found it a useful document, I was once again disappointed to find that the advice completely ignores the existence of the “English Flag”. Why, I wonder, do organisations who seek to give quasi official advice think that it is appropriate to instruct the English to fly the flag of the Union on England’s saint’s day when is perfectly proper that the Scots are advised to fly the saltire on theirs!
I have illustrated an edited image of their guidance.
Why advise that the Union flag should be flown on St. George’s Day when not all of the Union celebrates it? I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone should think that it would be inappropriate to advise that the flag of St. George should be flown on St. George’s Day; such a display would be no different to the saltire being flown on St. Andrew’s Day.
Sometimes I despair.
January 6th, 2016 · Comments Off on A wine ewer with Cheshire associations
I have been sent a copy of the Fall (Autumn) 2015 edition of the Blazon, the newsletter of the BC/Yukon Branch of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada which has something of interest to followers of Cheshire Heraldry. I have uploaded a copy for all to see.
Tags: Heraldry · Publications
January 4th, 2016 · Comments Off on Canon Alfred Derrick WALKDEN
Congratulations are in order for Canon Alfred Derrick WALKDEN, organiser of the Salford Heraldry Day, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community in Preston, Lancashire.