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April 2005 / December 2015

British grants of arms

THIS is a list of English, Scottish, and Irish grants of coats of arms to South Africans since 1837. Most of the information comes from second-hand sources, so the list is by no means complete. Any additions and corrections will be most welcome.

As far as personal arms are concerned, I've listed only those which were granted to people living in South Africa, and not those which already existed and were merely transplanted to this country by settlers, or those where I'm unsure whether or not the grantee was a resident at the time of the grant.

Unless otherwise stated, the arms were granted by the English kings of arms, by means of Letters Patent.

Arms marked * were registered at the Department of the Interior (1935-59), the Department of Education, Arts & Sciences (1959-63), or the Bureau of Heraldry (1963- ), and the full blazons can be found on the Bureau's database.

'Confirmation' : in Ireland, where many arms were assumed and borne without being registered, an armiger who could prove that arms had been borne in his family for at least 3 generations/100 years could obtain official confirmation of them from the Ulster Office.

'Matriculation' : in Scotland, re-registration of paternal/ancestral arms in one's own name, usually with differencing.

'Posthumous grant' : in Scotland, one can apply for arms to be granted to a deceased ancestor, so that living and future descendants can matriculate the arms in their own names.

'Royal Licence' (RL) : authorisation to adopt someone else's arms (and, usually, the surname too) in addition to, or instead of, one's existing arms/surname. In the case of the University of the Cape of Good Hope, the licence applied to the use of a royal badge as part of the design.

Grantees

Grantees : Sir Jan Truter - David Tennant - Edward Randles - Ernest Kilpin - Barney Barnato - Charles Fair.

1830s (2) — Sir Jan Truter (1837) • Sir Andries Stockenstrom (1840).

1870s (5) — David Tennant (1872 - LL) • Joseph Robinson (1873) • Edward Randles (1875) • Cape of Good Hope* (1876 - RW) • Sir Theophilus Shepstone (1879).

1880s (3) — Edward Carson (1883 - LL) • F.H. Hopley (1888) • Sidney Herbert (1889).

1890s (15) — Alexander Abercromby (1891 - LL) • George Compton (1891) • Frederick Philipson-Stow (1891 - RL) • David Rees (1891) • Ernest Kilpin (1893) • Barnett 'Barney' Barnato (1895) • Alfred Brown (1896) • Charles Fair (1896 - UO - confirmation) • James Allen (1897 - UO - confirmation) • Lionel Phillips (1897) • Henry Woodhead (1898) • Solomon Joel (1898) • Moses Cornwall (1899) • Walter Piers (1899) • Cape Town* (1899).

William Jardine - Thomas Day - Sir Pieter Bam - Sir Abe Bailey - Olof Ohlsson - J.H. Harvey Pirie.

1900s (22) — Robert Allen (1901 - UO - confirmation) • Sir Ebenezer John Buchanan (?1901) • Thomas Adamson (1902- LL) • Edmund Bourke (1902 - UO - confirmation) • Sir Willem van Hulsteyn (?1902) • Ven George Cameron (1903 - LL) • Robert Finnemore (1903 - UO) • William Jardine (1903 - LL) • University of the Cape of Good Hope* (1903 - RL) • George Strangman Hancock (1904 - UO - confirmation) • Orange River Colony (1904 - RW) • Thomas Cranstoun Day (1905) • Archibald Ainslie (1906 - LL) • Robert a Ababrelton (1907- LL) • Pretoria* (1907) • Natal Colony* (1907 - RW) • Johannesburg* (1907) • Sir Thomas Price (1908) • Tresham Gregg (1909 - UO - confirmation) • Sir Pieter Stewart-Bam (1910 - UO • RL 1910) • Union of South Africa* (1910 - Royal Warrant) • Baron De Villiers of Wynberg (1910).

1910s (15) — Cape, Natal, Orange Free State, and Transvaal Provinces (1911- RW) • William Corder* (1911); Sir George Albu (1912) • Sir Abe Bailey (1912) • Sir David Graaff* (1912) • Rhodes University College* (1913) • Benjamin Brock (1913 - LL - matriculation) • Herbert Guest (1914) • Harry Buckle (1916) • Col Raymond Ffennell Schumacher (1917 - RL) • Sir Henry Ross Skinner (?1917) • University of Cape Town* (1919).

1920s (9) — Maj Edward Hadley Harding (1921 - RL) • Sir Ernest Oppenheimer (1921) • Sir Henry Strakosch (1921) • Ernest Ward la Touche (1921 - RL) • Sir Lewis Richardson (?1922) • Sir Harry Graumann (1923) • Alfred Duggan-Cronin (1924 - UO - confirmation) • Olof Ohlsson (1924) • Dr J.H. Harvey Pirie (1927 - LL).

Germiston - Jo'burg Stock Exchange - Paarl - Somerset West - Knights of Da Gama - Peter Philip.

1930s (7) — Ivan Mitford-Barberton (1932) • Germiston* (1935) • Hilton College* (1935) • Estcourt High School* (1936); Johannesburg Stock Exchange* (1937) • Benoni* (1938) • • Edward Pringle (1938 - LL - matriculation).

1940s (4) — Lt Col C. Graham Botha (1947) • Diocese of Grahamstown (1949) • Diocese of Johannesburg* (1949) • Grahamstown* (1950).

1950s (41) — Diocese of Bloemfontein* (1951) • Paarl* (1951) • St Mary's Collegiate Church (1951) • Dundee* (1951 - LL) • Rt Rev Archibald Cullen (c1951) • Diocese of Cape Town* (1952) • Stellenbosch* (1952) • Diocese of Natal (1952) • St Andrew's College* (1952 - LL) • Gerard Frater (1953 - LL) • Reginald van Selm* (1953) • Diocese of George (1953) • Diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman (1953) • Lt Col Ian MacKenzie (1953 - LL - matriculation) • Somerset West* (1953) • Diocese of Zululand (1954) • Westville* (1954) • Diocese of Pretoria* (1954) • Diocese of St John's (1954) • Cape Town Chamber of Commerce (1954) • Standard Bank of SA* (1955) • Vereeniging* (1955) • Fort Beaufort* (1955) • Margate (?1956) • Eric Pringle (1956 - LL - matriculation) • Alan Pringle (1957 - LL - matriculation) • Simon's Town* (1957) • Catholic Order of the Knights of Da Gama* (1957) • University of Natal* (1957) • College of Physicians, Surgeons & Gynaecologists* (1958) • Peter Philip* (1958 - LL) • SA Broadcasting Corporation* (1958) • George* (1958) • Port Elizabeth* (1958) • Amanzimtoti (1958) • Pinetown (1959) • East London* (1959) • Louis Trichardt (municipality)* (1960) • Oudtshoorn* (1960) • SA Marine Corporation* (1960).

Pietermaritzburg - Order of St Lazarus - H.B. Thom - Peter Martinez.

1960s (1) — Pietermaritzburg* (1961).

Post-republic(3) — Angus MacDonald (1965 - LL - matriculation) • David Arbuthnot (1966 - LL - matriculation) • Order of St Lazarus: SA Bailiwick* (1967 - LL); Prof Vernon Forbes (1970 - LL - matriculation).

1970s (7) — James Simpson (1971 - LL) • Harry Rose Innes (1970 - LL - matriculation) • Rev George Thom (1973 - LL - posthumous grant) • Prof Hendrik 'HB' Thom (1973 - LL - matriculation) • Rev Rex Reynolds (1973) • Douglas MacDonald* (1975 - LL) • James R. Laing (1978 - LL).

1980s (3) — James Laing of Colington (1984 - LL - posthumous grant) • Thomas Coulter* (1986) • Lt Col Arthur Johnstone* (1990).

1990s (1) — Dr Peter Martinez* (1998).

2000s (1) — Richard Miller (2005).

Dates (unknown to me) between 1907 and 1973 (11) — Rev David Couper (LL) • William Fisher (LL) • Alexander Jardine (LL) • William MacKenzie (LL) • Donald MacKenzie (LL - matriculation) • Malcolm MacKenzie (LL - matriculation) • Hector MacKenzie (LL - matriculation) • Charles Ogilvy (LL) • Edward Paterson (LL) • Darrel Stuart-Walker (LL).

And, possibly — some or all of the following arms, which look to me like College of Arms designs/ artwork: Association of Chambers of Commerce • Empangeni • Goldfields of SA* • Institute of Bankers of SA* • Kingsburgh • Paulpietersburg • SA Institute of Mechanical Engineers • Transvaal Society of Accountants*.

References :
  • Arma Nos 2 (1958), 14 (1961), 77/78 (1977), 89/90 (1980), 151/152 (1997).
  • Balfour Paul, J.; An Ordinary of Scottish Arms (1893).
  • Boucher, M.; Spes in Arduis (1973).
  • Brownell, F.G.; National and Provincial Symbols (1993); Heraldry in the Church of the Province of South Africa (2002).
  • Bureau of Heraldry Database.
  • Clan Laing Society website.
  • College of Arms Newsletter No 10 (2006).
  • Fox-Davies, A.C.; Armorial Families (1899, 1905, 1929).
  • Gayre of Gayre & Nigg, R. (Ed); The Armorial Who is Who 1979-80 (1980).
  • London Gazette 26141 (06.03.1891), 28400 (16.07.1910), and 32394 (19.07.1921).
  • Mitford-Barberton, I. & White, V.M.; Some Frontier Families (1968).
  • National Library of Ireland website.
  • Pama, C.; Lions and Virgins (1965); Heraldry of South African Families (1972).
  • Pearse, R.O.; Sable and Murrey (1946).
  • Philip, P.H.; 'South African and Rhodesian Coats of Arms of Scottish Origin' in Arma 89/90 (1980).
  • Plowman, Stephen : personal communication (06.06.2007) (dates of the Pringle matriculations); Online Heraldic Armorial.
  • Ryland, J.P. (Ed); Grantees of Arms Named in Docquets and Patents Between the Years 1687 and 1898 (1916).
  • Scotland's People website.

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