Friday, 2 March 2018

Vernon Rolls RIP

Your charitable prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of our long-standing member, Vernon Rolls, who died last night. R.I.P.

Here is his entry from the HSS Gallery:

Vernon Christopher Rolls

Arms: Azure on a fess dancetty Argent between three Lymphads Or three Anchors Sable

Crest: upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Within a Circlet of Roses alternating Gules and Argent barbed and seeded proper a Dexter Cubit Arm vested Azure the Cuff dancetty Argent charged with three Anchors (two manifest) Sable the hand proper holding a Roll of Vellum bendwise sinister Argent


Granted: College of Arms, 1st June 2001.

My arms are based around the relatively rare fess dancetty used in the arms of other Rolls families. The other charges are symbolic of maritime service and shipping in which I have worked for over 40 years and in which my mother's family has been closely involved since the Napoleonic wars.

The obvious choice of lymphads had already been used in the arms of other shipping families with which I was familiar, for example; the Ben Line, Thomson baronets of Glendarrocb, the Mackay, Earls of Inchcape (British India Steam Navigation and Peninsular and Oriental) and various branches of the Cayzers with the Union Castle line. Anchors were used by the Cunard baronets.

The punning crest is reminiscent of other Rolls crests which feature the vested forearm holding a roll of vellum. Mine is individualised with the anchor strewn dancetty cuff.. Given the need for diligence and confidentiality in my work in the shipping industry, I found my old Royal Masonic School motto entirely appropriate, 'Audi Vide Tace' -'Hear, See, Silence' 

The above rendition is taken from a library painting by the heraldic artist, Marie Lynskey.