A Curiosity of Heraldry

Investigating our holdings of heraldry for our display case, we came across perhaps a unique collection, “Engravings of Arms Miscellaneous” bound, no author or date, although the material within maybe dates it c1790.

The display case which can be found at the Information and Research library, with selected heraldry themed books from our special collections.
The display case which can be found at the Information and Research library, with selected heraldry themed books from our special collections.

Engravings of Arms Miscellaneous

,An interesting and curious book which for all intents and purposes is a scrap book collection of heraldry/coat of arms ephemera of civic, ecclesiastical, noble families and gentry from the UK and Europe which is richly illustrated with colour and black and white drawings. One section forms the main focus of the display: Weapons/coat of arms of cities and aristocratic families in the powerful republic of Holland by Jacobus Robyn 1696.

Crests
Crests

With over 800 beautifully painted coloured crests, these pages open out to approximate w:120cm x h:50cm,. People highlighted on the pages include: Maria Stuart, Mary II of England, 1689 and Wilhem Hendrick , William III of England, Sovereign Prince of Orange, 1650.

Coat of Arms, Maria Stuart, Mary II of England, 1689
Coat of Arms, Maria Stuart, Mary II of England, 1689

A selection of plates showing quarterings, which is a method used in heraldry to display alliances made through marriage.

A selection of plates
A selection of plates

The image above includes plates for 15th Baroness Ferrers of Chartley, 1764; the crest of The right honourable Francis Osborne  of Kiveton in the County of York; a new and correct collection of arms and crests by Philip Bryan; elements of heraldry and arms of the bishops English and Irish; seals of several counties of England and wales and the monument of Edward Stafford earl of Wiltshire 1499.

A further plate shows the South prospect of the ruins of Sandal Castle and Town of Wakefield 1722, drawn by Samuel Buck. The text at the bottom states ‘This castle near Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire was built by John Plantagenet Earl of Warren and Surrey in the reign of King Edward the 2nd, near which was a battle fought between the families of York and Lancaster on the 31st day of Dec AD 1460 in the reign of King Henry the 6th where Richard Duke of York (then the owner) and his son Edward Earl of Rutland were slain. In memory of which King Edward the 4th (son of the duke of York) built a beautiful chapel now standing on Wakefield bridge but much defaced the castle was demolished after the Grand Rebellion in the year 1648′.

South Prospect of the Ruins of Sandal Castle and Town of Wakefield
South Prospect of the Ruins of Sandal Castle and Town of Wakefield

 Heraldic manuscript, c1625

Manuscript containing over 1200 hand-drawn and coloured illustrations of coats of arms. They represent 600 years of history, from the reign of William I, (1027-1087) to the reign of Charles I (1600-1649).

Example of a Coat of Arms
Example of a Coat of Arms

There are many further resources on heraldry in the Information and Research Library, all listed on our catalogue http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/leeds/ ). For more details please contact us.

Tel :0113 2478282 e-mail: informationandresearch@leeds.gov.uk

 

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  1. Bern Svitok says:

    I have this OLD COPPER PLATE ENGRAVING. It says work of the herald to the crown for King George III. Executed between 1764 and 1784. Philip Yorke Earl of Hardwicke, Viscount Royston, Baron of Hardwicke. Iwould like information. Thanks

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