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William David Hamilton Sellar

January 28th, 2019 · Comments Off on William David Hamilton Sellar

The Lyon Court has just tweeted the following intimation: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William David Hamilton Sellar, MVO, LLD, MA, LLB, FRHistS, FSA Scot, Lord Lyon King of Arms from 2008-2014.”

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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 […]

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Visitations at a discount

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

Here is the latest discount code for my books available via The full range can be found here:

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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 […]

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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: […]

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Letters Patent and Feudal Baronies

February 5th, 2018 · Comments Off on Letters Patent and Feudal Baronies

I have had sight of a letter dated 23 October 2017 addressed to a learned solicitor. I feel justified in passing on its content as the Lord Lyon concludes his letter with the statement “Please feel free to circulate this letter to interested parties.” It would seem to me that all enthusiastic followers of Scots heraldry […]

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Whimsical Wilmslow

October 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on Whimsical Wilmslow

It seems that Wilmslow Town Council is seeking “a new identity” with Members no longer sure that their armorial bearings serve the purpose of identifying the town. This is a great pity and most probably results from the usual lack of understanding of how armorial bearings can be displayed. They are apparently (according to one Councillor) […]

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National Archives – Representing Blackness

August 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on National Archives – Representing Blackness

The National Archives presently has an exhibition titled “Representing Blackness” and one image which caught my eye was that of a pedigree of Sir Robert Troutbeck. It’s an interesting, if somewhat uncomfortable, insight into our history and well worth a visit: The Visitations of 1533 to 1580 record the arms of Troutbeck as Azure, […]

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Knights in miniature

August 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on Knights in miniature

Knights in miniature. I came across this little chappy while doing a routine Google search for anything that might catch my fancy relating to Cheshire Heraldry. He was on a Pinterest page by one Robert Hornsby (the arms were attributed to the Cheshire Heraldry site). I certainly admire the skills behind the creation of these […]

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Rulings from the College of Arms

July 16th, 2017 · Comments Off on Rulings from the College of Arms

On a lazy Sunday, after a brisk walk on the Welsh coast, I settled down to peruse some of the (few) reference books I have here with me and found this rather interesting titbit in the January 1950 edition of The Heraldry Society’s quarterly publication Coat of Arms. It is interesting because it is spoken […]

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