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Venables of Agden

June 18th, 2017 · Comments Off on Venables of Agden

Venables of Agden
Arms: Quarterly:
1 & 4 Azure, two bars Argent a mullet for cadency [Venables]
2 Azure, a chevron between three mullets Argent [              ]
3 Sable, a chevron between three birds Argent [Page]

Crest: Issuant fron a fish-wheel Argent a demi-wyvern Gules.

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Venables Augmentation

June 14th, 2017 · Comments Off on Venables Augmentation

A few days ago I added image of Venables, baron of Kinderton to the 1663 Visitations webpage and made an entry in my weblog:

Venables, Baron of Kinderton

Since then, I have had word from Cheshire Historian Tony Bostock who is presently assisting with The Middlewich Heraldry Project, a project to restore the Venables’ Screens in St. Michael’s Church in Middlewich, who has obtained, from the British Library, details from two MSs  one of which includes an image of the Venables arms.

Here is what Tony said:

“Thought you might like to see the attached which I received from the BL yesterday as part of the Middlewich Heraldry Project.

It is from Harley MS 139, f. 140. It was recorded by Laurence Bostock from the original Letters Patent issued by Norrey on 30 October 1560 to Sir Thomas Venables. Harley MS 1116 has another copy of the grant made on the day of issue and authenticated by Richmond and Rouge Dragon but without an illustration. Quartering three is given as an augmentation and four as Eccleston. I am just transcribing the text of the Patent.

You might note that the child is positioned in the dragon’s mouth feet first: the crest is described thus:

uppon thelme a dragon silvr / scaled an piced throwe the bodie wth an arrowe gold hedded and / fethered silvr devoweringe of a child Chernell heired gold, sett on a / wyer, or wilson Silvr banded bleweon a wrethe silvr blewe and Red, / mantled Red Lynedd sylvery botoned gold. “

This throws light on many of the tinctures of the crest and it is interesting to note that quarter three, the wyvern coat, is an augmentation.

I am most grateful to Tony for obtaining the information.

Details of the augmentation of the crest (but no mention of the coat) found in The History of the County Palatine of Chester by J. H. Hanshall.

This extract from  “Supplement etc.” by William baker Daniel. This indicates that the “Dragon” is in the arms as well as the crest.

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Swettenham of Swettenham

June 7th, 2017 · Comments Off on Swettenham of Swettenham

Swettenham of Swettenham
Arms: Quarterly of eight;
1 & 8 Argent, on a bend Vert three half spades of the field [Swettenham]
2 Argent, on a chevron between three cross-crosslets fitchess Azure as many fleurs-de-lis of the field [Birtles]
3 Sable two chevronels Or each charged with three fleurs-de-lis Gules [                   ]
4 Gules, a fess between three stags’ heads caboshed Or [                      ]
5 Argent, a stag’s head caboshed Sable attired Or [                  ]
6 Gules, three scythe blades in pale Or [Kempley]
7 Sable, ten plates – four, three, two and one, on a chief Argent a lion passant of the field [Bridgeman]

Crest: A lion rampant supporting an oak tree.

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Venables, Baron of Kinderton

June 7th, 2017 · Comments Off on Venables, Baron of Kinderton

Venables, Baron of Kinderton
 Arms: Quarterly of 6:
1 & 6 Azure, two bars Argent [Venables]
2 [Argent], a cross flory between four martlets [Gules] [Golbourne]
3 [Vert], a wyvern [Argent] [                ] .
4 [Argent], three piles in point wavy [Sable] [               ].
5 [Azure], an eagle displayed [Argent] [Coton] .

Crest: Upon a fish-wheel [Argent] a wyvern collared [Gules] pierced through the body with an arrow devouring a child [proper].

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Venables of Antrobus

June 7th, 2017 · Comments Off on Venables of Antrobus

Venables of Antrobus and Chester
Arms: Azure, two bars and in chief two mullets Argent a mullet for cadency.
Crest: Issuant from a fish-wheel Argent a wyvern …. collared Gules.

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Thorpe of Chester

June 6th, 2017 · Comments Off on Thorpe of Chester

Thorpe of Chester
Arms: Checky Argent and Sable, on a fesse Or three martlets of the second.
Crest: A demi-bird Or wings elevated Vert.

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Starkey of Stretton

June 6th, 2017 · Comments Off on Starkey of Stretton

The latest addition to the 1663 Cheshire Visitations is:

Starkey of Stretton
Arms: Argent, a stork Sable charged (for cadency) with an annulet a canton Gules.
Crest: A stork’s head erased per pale Argent and Gules charged (for cadency) with an annulet and holding in the beak a …..*

* Although there are no further details of what the stork is holding in its beak in the visitations MSS, Burke’s G.A. records the blazon as  A stork’s head erased per pale Argent and Sable holding in the beak Gules a snake Vert.

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Spanne (Speune)

June 1st, 2017 · Comments Off on Spanne (Speune)

Spanne (Speune)
Arms: Gyronny Or and Azure, an escutcheon Gules charged with a lion’s head erased Argent.
Crest: A lion’s head Gules langued Azure collared Or.

“No proofe of this coate.”

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Sherd of Sherd and Disley

May 31st, 2017 · Comments Off on Sherd of Sherd and Disley

Latest addition to the Visitations of 1660.

Sherd of Sherd and Disley
Arms: 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.”


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And for my father

May 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on 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.

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