Thursday, 19 September 2019

Venerable Order of St John

The Lord Lyon attended the Installation today of the new Lord Prior and Investiture of new Dames and Knights of the Venerable Order of St. John in the Priory Church London.

Here is Lyon with the Police Cadets and a rare sighting of our own paparazzo, more usually to be found behind the camera, Liam Hackett OStJ.

Among the knights invested was our member, Jim Bingham, to whom we send our warmest congratulations.

left to right: Robert Harrison, Shirley and Jim Bingham.
snap, of course, courtesy of Liam Hackett OStJ

Vice Presidents in Antwerp

Both our distinguished Vice-Presidents are currently in Antwerp, attending and chairing sessions of the 21st Colloquium of the Académie Internationale d'Héraldique. Elizabeth Roads chaired the afternoon session today and Mark Dennis will chair the afternoon session tomorrow.

Elizabeth will also as President of the Bureau Permanent of the Biennial Congresses of Heraldry and Genealogy, preside over the annual meeting.

We will hear more, but in the meantime, here is a photograph she has sent of a rather familiar piece of heraldry from the Cathedral in Antwerp.

United Kingdom Supreme Court

I had this post prepared ages ago for October 1st which marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court of the UK, but as it is never off our screens at the moment, I thought we might look at it again now!

The "logo" was of course designed, to a very tight design brief, she tells me, by our distinguished member, Yvonne Holton, Herald Painter and Dingwall Pursuivant.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Capital Ululations

Last weekend was another heraldic feast in Edinburgh with the Inaugural Dinner on Saturday of the Association of Burgesses, founded at the inspiration of Dr Gordon Wyllie WS, to unite Trade and Merchants burgesses for social and charitable purposes. Lyon has granted arms to the Burgesses Association.

Then Sunday saw the now annual Riding of the Marches. In attendance was our Chairman, Dr Beverly Bergman, wearing the robes of a Burgess of the City of Edinburgh, and holding Oscar the owl, which you may remember, is Beverly's own crest.

By the way, the Members' Arms Galleries on the website are down at the moment. The webmaster knows and is looking at it.

Friday, 13 September 2019

19. Canine Charges: Another talbot

We conclude this walk with our dogs as we look at a coat with an interesting Chief - the Chief of Religion, the bearer being a Bailiff of the Order of Malta, beneath which sits a suitably fierce talbot.

William Anthony FURNESS, Viscount Furness
Vol 074   Page 006Z   3/11/1990
Charge   Or, a talbot sejant Sable in chief three fountains Proper, a chief (the Chief of Religion) charged with the Arms of the British Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

It remains for me to thank Unicorn Pursuivant for inviting me to take these various dogs for a walk and for allowing me, however briefly, to join the ranks of the bloggerati. The unicorn, like the talbot, holds an honourable position in the science and the art of heraldry. Ian Shepherd.


Many thanks to Ian for nosing out (geddit?) these fine hounds. There are plenty of other themes other members might like to explore next.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

18: Canine Charges: The Sea-dog

Heraldry produces some strange creatures and one wonders whence they came. To most people a sea-dog is a hoary old sailor, but we know better, and here you see some:

Quarterly First and Fourth per chevron Vert and Azure a chevronel Argent between in chief two garbs Or banded Gules and in base a frond of Silver Fern fessways Argent, a bordure Gules; second and third Sable on a fess wavy between three sea-dogs courant Or, as many Cornish choughs Proper.  

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

17: Canine Charges: The Black Bitch

Some dogs have come to have a special designation and of these, perhaps the best known is the “Black Bitch of Linlithgow”:

Here is the badge of Linlithgow Pursuivant Extraordinary.