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International Heraldry Day

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Without wishing to commit the cardinal sin of ignoring St. Georges Day (rapidly approaching) I thought I would jump on the band wagon and advertise the growing interest in International Heraldry Day by featuring the winning design put forward by Alexander Liptak.

International Heraldry Day - Liptak

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Coat of Arms (Magazine)

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

I have in my possession two boxes of The Heraldry Society’s magazine The Coat of Arms, dates ranging from the 1966 to 2004 which I am selling on behalf of The Cheshire Heraldry Society. I am offering them at £1.99 each including UK postage.

A complete inventory of available issues can be downloaded here:


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Tayleur Arms - ravaged by fire!

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Back in January I wrote about the Tayleur Arms and had the pleasure to have a conversation about the Inn sign with one of its owners. This morning, local radio is reporting that the Inn has been ravaged by fire. My thoughts are with all involved in the business, both staff and customers.

This is the certificate I sent to Richard, the landlord, who had agreed to display it in the bar. Fortunately Richard and Eve, managed to escape in their night clothes, along with their 14-year-old son Elliot and some guests who were staying the night. It is of little consequence that the certificate is no doubt lost and I hope that should the owners be fortunate enough to be able to rebuild their business and their future I will be able to supply a new one.


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Moreton Armorial Bookplate

March 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Latest addition to the collection is the bookplate of William Moreton A.M.

Moreton Bookplate

As recorded in the Cheshire Visitations

Morton of Morton
Arms: Quarterly -
1 & 4 Argent, a greyhound courant Sable
2 & 3 Gules, a cross engrailed Ermine [Macclesfield]
Crest: A wolf’s head couped Argent, collared with a wreath Argent and Vert.  

Moreton of Moreton

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Bookplate of Sir Edmund Antrobus Bt.

March 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Newly acquired by Cheshire Heraldry is the Bookplate of Sir Edmund Antrobus Bt.

Bookplate of Sir Edmund Antrobus Bt.

Arms: Lozengy Or and Azure, on a pale Gules three estoiles of the first.

Crest: Issuing out of rays Proper a Unicorn’s head couped Argent.

Supporters: Two horses Proper.

Motto: Dei Memor Gratus Amicus (Mindful of God, Grateful to Friends)

The baronetcy was created (UK) 22nd May 1815.

The first four baronets were named Edmund. This is a Cheshire family (in origin at least) the chief seat of the family, Antrobus Hall, was sold by Henry Antrobus in 1460 to Thomas Venables.

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Keeping up ones standards

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

In a recent on-line conversation the view was expressed by a person identifying his own character as that of “a Little Englander” that in order to use a standard (in England) one requires a badge. There are precedents in English armory which indicate that this is not the case at all. Crests can be and often are used as badges and the composition of a standard whilst nowadays consisting of a combination of badges and crests would not suffer unduly if it simply contained the crest alone, whether duplicated or not.

Docwra Standard

Here is an English example, that of Prior Docwra of the Order of St.John in Tudor Times (illustration from Heraldic Standards, Gayre of Gayre & Nigg). Note that it is an English example. This would indicate to me that if any old armiger (in England) qualifies for a badge which in turn is exemplified on a standard, then anyone with a crest may also exemplify that crest on a standard. The precedent is there for anyone to follow.

The College of arms themselves state that “Individuals and corporations being granted arms, crest, and badge may have a standard exemplified in their Letters Patent which confers permission to have one manufactured and flown”. This implies, to me at least, that it is the badge which is granted and the standard is merely the vehicle upon which it may be exemplified.  So, taking the Dacwra example, if you have a crest you can have a standard.

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Tatton Bookplates

March 11th, 2014 · No Comments

I have just acquired two Tatton bookplates of historical Cheshire interest.

R A Tatton

T W Tatton

 Thomas William Tatton and Reginald Arthur Tatton.

Two Tatton 19th century Armorial Bookplates. Neither is in the Franks Collection.

Reginald’s plate not only bears a mullet for cadency but the tinctures are reversed.


There is a choice in attribution between father and son, both named Thomas William:

(1) Thomas William Tatton of Wythenshawe, Esq. born 29 Oct. 1783, High Sheriff of Cheshire, 1809, resumed by Royal Licence dated 9 Jan 1806 the name and arms of Tatton on succeeding to the Wythenshawe estates.  Died in London on 2 March 1827. He m. Emma, daughter of the Hon. John Grey, (He was 3rd son of Harry 4th Earl of Stamford and his wife Susannah, the daughter of Ralph Leycester of Toft) on 20 October 1807.  Emma died at Knutsford 28 April 1851, aged 69.  They had one son and eight daughters.  One of the daughters was Sophia Tatton who on 14 May 1840 married John Dixon of Astle.  The eldest sister, Emma Tatton, married on 24 Jan 1832 to Sir Harry Mainwaring of Peover. Bart. 

(2) Thomas William Tatton of Wythenshawe, Esq. born 2 June 1816, High Sheriff of Cheshire 1848.  Died 1885. He m. Harriet Susan, (1819-1873) eldest daughter of Robert Townley Parker of Cuerden Hall, near Preston in Lancashire, on 25 Jan 1843.  She died in London.  The couple had three sons and a daughter. Through Harriet, Astley Hall in Chorley, Lancashire, passed into the Tatton family. The Townley Parkers had acquired it on the marriage of Harriet’s grandfather, Thomas Townley Parker (1760-1794) to Susannah Brooke (1762-1852), the sole heiress of this branch of the Brooke family. 

After the death of Capt. Robert Townley Parker (1823–1894) and later his brother Thomas Towneley Parker (1822–1906) the Cuerdon estate passed to their nephew Sir Reginald Arthur Tatton (1857-1926) of Astley Hall.

Condition: Good.

Tatton of Withenshaw
Arms: Quarterly Argent and Gules, in the first and fourth a crescent Sable, in the second and third a crescent of the first.
Crest: A greyhound sejant Argent, collared and tied by a line Gules to an oak tree Proper fructed Or.    

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The artwork of Tudor-Radu Tiron

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments

I was first made aware of the artwork of Tudor-Radu Tiron when my friend and colleague John Duncan of Sketraw commissioned him to paint a library picture of his armorial bearings. Tudor has recently finished a commission for another heraldic acquaintance, Richard Globe, and I have to say that I am most impressed.

Bookplate of Richard Globe

You can see the full production process on Tudor’s weblog: 

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The American Institute of Heraldry

February 13th, 2014 · No Comments

This link to a video on You tube about the Institute of Heraldry (1969) has recently been posted on the American Heraldry Society Forum.

I thought it worthy of sharing.×6Fk

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Tomlinson’s The Heraldry of Cheshire

February 13th, 2014 · No Comments

On Saturday I will be in Macclesfield talking about Knutsford. I’ll be giving the same talk I gave to the good people of the town of Knutsford but this time to the members and guests of The Cheshire Heraldry Society. The talk, called Lyon’s can’t read! The Civic Arms of Knutsford Explained, is based (as you would expect given the title) on the arms designed for Knutsford by H. E. Tomlinson.  

H. Ellis Tomlinson was a one off, a real character. He was born in Cheshire, and moved to the Fylde in 1928 when his father was posted to ICI at Thornton. He attended Baines’ as a boy, became Senior Prefect in 1933, and returned as a master in 1940 becoming a legend in his own lifetime affectionately known to generations of boys as ‘Toss.’

In his spare time he followed Blackpool FC all over the country starting a love affair with the club when he first arrived in the Fylde up until his last game shortly before his death, a span of 68 years. In 1987 he was asked to write the Centenary History of the club entitled Seasiders: The First 100 Years. At a centenary exhibition at the Grundy Art Gallery he signed copies of his book in his characteristic purple ink and mixed equally well with players and supporters alike.

Outside of teaching and football he was one of the country’s leading heraldic experts, having been commissioned to design Coats of Arms for countless local authorities, councils, and a myriad of sporting bodies at home and abroad.

I have a copy of his booklet The Heraldry of Cheshire but if you want to read it it can now be read for free on-line.

The Heraldry of Cheshire

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