Survey of London Monograph 16, College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street. Originally published by Guild & School of Handicraft, London, 1963.
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This officer, now one of the four pursuivants in ordinary, is said to have been instituted by Henry V for the service of the Order of the Garter, from whose blue mantle the title is almost certainly derived. There is nothing in the public records to corroborate this, though Bluemantle did accompany Garter Bruges to France in 1448 (Warrants for Issues, 26 Hen. VI, nos. 110, 206). The only Bluemantle whose name appears in the public records before 1500, John Brice, no. 15, is ignored by Lant and the later catalogues.
Pat. 21 March 1503, granted to Risebank annuity of £10 previously held by Bluemantle; without doubt Bluemantle in question was Banelee and pat. marks his promotion from Risebank to Bluemantle. Appears in Scottish records as 'Banelee, pursewant of Ingland' from August 1501, but after May 1503 is replaced by 'Blewmantill pursewant to the Quene', i.e. Princess Margaret, to whose suite he was attached when she journeyed to Scotland in 1503. Remaining with the Queen left English service and was appd a Scottish herald, Rothesay.
S. and heir of William Patten, sometime lord of manor of Stoke Newington; matric. Trinity College, Cambridge, 1567; Bluemantle 1597; irregular attendant at College; resd in favour of Henry St George between April and December 1611.
Skilful painter and calligrapher; executed gift books with recipient's arms and quarterings for Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk (University Library, Cambridge), Lord North (H. & G., iii, 474) and Thomas Spenser.
Campaigned with Sir Philip Sidney in the Netherlands; later devoted himself to literature; author of An Exhortatory Instruction to a speedy Resolution and Contempt of the Vanities of this Transitory Life (1609), and several translations (see D.N.B.).
Rose Rouge 1613; Bluemantle 1616; believed to be compiler of the oldest known catalogue of the College library, made 1618; visited Warwickshire and six other counties for Camden 1619–23; d. 14 August 1633; burd St Benet's, Paul's Wharf.
Two volumes of his heraldic collections, now MSS. Harl. 1178, 1452, were owned by Henry Parker and Robert Fisher, arms-painters, before Harley bought them. His copies of his Vis'ns also in British Museum.
Arms confirmed and crest granted 1626: Quarterly, (1) or, on a fess gules 3 fleurs de lis gold, a crescent in chief gules for difference (Lennard); (2) quarterly sable & argent with an eagle argent in dexter chief (Bird); (3) vair, a chief ermine; (4) argent, an eagle sable & on a canton or a dance between 10 billets sable; (5) paly of 6 pieces argent & azure, on a bend gules 3 molets or; (6) or, a pile gules. Crest: Out of clouds proper a demi-lion gules semy of estoiles or. Motto: Inter Nubes Resplendeo (above crest).
Eldest s. of Robert Browne, Rouge Croix; b. Wacton; baptized there 25 February 1616; scholar of Caius College, Cambridge; Blanch Lyon 1640; Bluemantle 1641; seems to have followed the King at first, but soon joined Parliamentary Party and was active at the College from early 1644 until his death in 1646; burd St Benet's, Paul's Wharf, 14 October.
Of Bengeworth, near Evesham, co. Worcester; b. between 1612 and 1623, s. of William Watson of the same; married Anne, dau. and coheiress of George, eldest s. of Sir W. Dethick, Garter; Notary Public and Proctor in Doctors' Commons; 1646 Registrar of Parliamentary Court Marshal 14 April, Acting Bluemantle at Lord Essex's funeral 22 October, confirmed by Parliamentary Commissioners 22 December; Register, Treasurer and general factotum at College; 1657 opposed Owen's appointment as Clarenceux (see 'George Owen, York Herald', op. cit., Trans. Cymmrodorion Soc., 1946, 86 sqq.); still working at College June 1658, but not named as one of the officers of arms at Cromwell's lying-in-state September 1658, having probably resd in favour of his wife's cousin, Henry Dethick; still living August 1683 at Vis'n of Worcestershire; perhaps the John Watson burd St Benet's, Paul's Wharf, 11 February 1690.
S. of Richard Hornebrooke of Exeter, served Charles II overseas; at Restoration Captain in Life Guards of Horse; one time servant to Walker, Garter; Bluemantle 1667; shot himself at Newmarket November 1668.
His father a herald-painter in Exeter; 1620 John Estcott, deputy of the Office of Arms in Devon and Cornwall, complained of his misdoings, but 7 May 1634, St George, Clarenceux, licensed him to paint funeral scocheons, etc. under supervision of the then deputy Henry Davy, and 1637 William Le Neve renewed the licence without mentioning any deputy; during Civil War his estate was seized by Parliament but released because he had not taken arms against them.
According to family tradition among Hornibrooks, of Bandon, Ireland, Bluemantle's wife was natural dau. of Charles II by a Dutch girl of good family; they claimed descent from that match (ex. inf. Mr Murray Hornibrook, 1947).
Arms granted gratis by Sir E. Walker 16 December 1663: Barry wavy of 6 pieces argent & azure, 3 crescents sable. Crest: Out of a crescent sable an arm in armour proper holding a sword, the blade argent blooded at the point, pomell or.
Youngest s. of Sir Wm. Segar, Garter; b. February 1609; Gray's Inn 30 April 1638; perhaps one of the two sons who accompanied Sir William on Garter mission to The Hague, 1627; Bluemantle 1669; d. 26 September 1670; burd in St Peter's, Berkhampstead.
Grandfather of Simon Segar; Keeper of Gray's Inn Library 1674; author of Honores Anglicani (1712); compiler of 'Baronagium Genealogicum' now in College, 'Aspidora Segariana' (list of grants made by Sir William, now Coll. of Arms MS. E.D.N. 57) and of other heraldic MSS. (see R. & C., pp. 40–1, Coll. of Arms MS. MP. 1. 55).
B. 3 November 1629, s. of Robert Gibbon of Rolvenden, Kent, citizen and draper of London, educ. Merchant Taylors' School and Jesus College, Cambridge; migrated to Virginia 1659 but returned to England 1661. Though Bluemantle nearly fifty years was not promoted; d. in Ivy Lane (parish of St Faith), London, 2 August 1718 aged 89 and still Bluemantle; burd in St Mary's Aldermary. Had previously lived in 'Cattshole in St Catherine's near the Tower'.
Friend of Dugdale and others of like standing; reputed learned and skilled in many tongues, but was arrogant and used to scrawl disparaging remarks about his colleagues in the College books; suspended more than once; Hearne thought him 'whimsical & craz'd'.
Best known as author of Introductio ad Latinam Blasoniam (1682), and Day Fatality (1678), both of which include many personal details. Also compiled, under the title 'Inquisitio sincera facta in Collegium Fecialium anno 1673', or 'Heraldo Memoriale', interesting notes on heralds, contemporary and other; this is often quoted by Anstis, Leake, etc. 'Gybbon's Ordinary', a MS. which belonged to him and which is now in the College, contains transcripts of ten rolls of arms.
B. c. 1683; clerk successively to Sir Henry St George, and to John Anstis, Garters; d. in the College 4 September 1737; burd St Benet's, Paul's Wharf. An efficient and hardworking officer, but a sloven in person and extravagant; d. insolvent.
Better known as engraver; b. 1690; Bluemantle 1743; also Engraver to the Signet and Stamp Office, and a Governor of the Foundling Hospital; d. at his house the 'Golden Head', King St, Soho, 4 May 1756; burd St Anne's, Soho. Father of Robert Edge Pine, portrait painter (d. 1790) and Simon Pine, miniaturist (d. 1772); father-in-law of Alexander Cozens, nom. Rouge Croix 1751.
B. 1879, s. of Charles Armstrong by Alice Maria dau. and coheiress of Sir Clinton Murdoch, K.C.M.G., Keeper of Irish Antiquities in the National Museum, Dublin, 1914. Published Irish Seal-Matrices and Seals (1913), and many papers on Irish antiquities. D. 29 March 1923, three and a half weeks after becoming Bluemantle.
Arms conferred by Ulster 10 February 1919: Quarterly, (1 & 4) argent, issuing from the sinister a dexter arm embowed habited gules grasping the trunk of an oak-tree eradicated and broken at the top proper (Armstrong); (2 & 3) argent, 2 ravens hanging paleways sable suspended from an arrow gules headed & feathered proper piercing both their heads fessways (Murdoch). Crests: (1) for Armstrong: An arm in armour embowed the hand grasping the broken trunk of an oak-tree, all proper; (2) for Murdoch: A raven rising sable pierced through the breast by an arrow as in the arms. Mottoes: Invictus Maneo (below arms); Omnia Pro Bono (over second crest).
B. 6 April 1927, s. of Raymond Brooke-Little of East Knoyle, Wiltshire, and Constance dau. and coheiress of Alfred John Egan; educ. Beaumont Ho. Oratory, Clayesmore and New College, Oxford; E.M's Ceremonial staff 1952–3; Kt. of Magistral Grace of Order of Malta 1955; Bluemantle 1956; F.S.A. 1961.
Arms: granted 5 March 1952: Argent goutté gules, 3 unicorn heads erased sable armed & crined or langued gules, a label for difference. Crest: On a wreath argent & gules a demi-unicorn erased sable armed, crined & unguled or, langued azure & collared gobony or & gules with a chain or. Motto: Recte Aut Nil.