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The College of Arms Newsletter

A Beginners Guide to Heraldry: an article with this title by Peter O’Donoghue, Bluemantle Pursuivant appeared in the November issue of Practical Family History. The article provides a brief illustrated introduction to heraldry, its history and its vocabulary.
Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Processions: an article examining the relationship between the officers of the College of Arms and the celebrations to mark Queen Victoria’s two jubilees, by Duncan Green, appears in the Autumn 2008 edition of The Coat of Arms, journal of the Heraldry Society.
Recently Recorded Pedigrees
DAVENPORT: a pedigree of nine generations, headed by Thomas Davenport of Chorley, Cheshire (who died in or before 1557). He married Ann(e), only daughter and heir of Robert Handford otherwise Honford or Chorley. The entry descends to the children of Henry Davenport of the City of London and later of Hallon, Shropshire (died 1731). Cross-referenced to Norfolk 50/230; C35/90; C38/36; MjD14/167; Norfolk 50/153-6. College reference: Norfolk 51/123.
LING: an entry of four generations setting out a descent to the present day from David Erskine Ling of the parish of Hatherleigh, Devon (born 1908), and from Mary Ellie Helen Irene Howard his wife, daughter of Kendall Colin Browning of Ingleigh Green, Devon. College reference: Surrey 31/327.
SHERIDAN: an entry showing six generations of this family, in the form of a descent from Algernon Thomas Brinsley Sheridan of Frampton Court, Dorset (died 1931), and from Mary Lothrop his wife. She was the daughter of John Lothrop Motley, sometime Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Kingdom. College reference: Surrey 31/323.
Elsewhere in the Records
Guy’s Hospital: Thomas Guy of the City of London left a will dated 4 September 1724, in which he gave the residue of his estate in trust to maintain a hospital he had founded in the parish of St Thomas, Southwark, Surrey. This hospital was granted Arms, Crest and Supporters by the Kings of Arms on 24 May 1725. Following a petition, Her Majesty was pleased to issue Her Royal Licence dated 19 March 2008, transferring these Armorial Bearings to Guy’s and Saint Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, for the use of Guy’s Hospital. College reference: I.85/222. A certificate of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms was therefore issued dated 7 July 2008, exemplifying the Arms, Crest and Supporters to the NHS Foundation Trust. College reference: Grants 173/224.
Saint Thomas’s Hospital: Arms, Crest and Supporters were granted to this hospital by Letters Patent of the three Kings of Arms dated 14 February 1950. Her Majesty issued Her Royal Licence transferring them to Guy’s and Saint Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, for the use of Saint Thomas’s Hospital, on 19 March 2008. College reference: I.85/225. A certificate exemplifying the Arms to the new body for the use of Saint Thomas’s Hospital, was issued by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms, dated 7 July 2008. College reference: Grants 173/225

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