Wednesday, 31 December 2014

VIIIth Duke of Wellington, 1915-2014


To the illustrious memory of the Most Noble ARTHUR VALERIAN VIIIth DUKE OF WELLINGTON,
Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter,
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order,
Officer of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,
Military Cross.

New KCVO

Breast star, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Hearty congratulations to the Earl of Caledon, who has been appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2015 New Year Honours List.

Lord Caledon has served the office of Lord-Lieutenant of County Armagh since 1989.

Captain Peters

CAPTAIN DAME MARY PETERS CH DBE RNR


I have found a few photographs of Dame Mary wearing the uniform of a captain in the Royal Naval Reserve.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Dame Mary Peters CH DBE

Neck badge, Order of the Companions of Honour

I'm very pleased indeed that Dame Mary Peters has been appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH).

In the late 60s and early 70s Mary Peters trained at Buster McShane's gym and health club in Upper Arthur Street, Belfast.

My father was once a member of the club and he used to take me there as a little boy, where I remember seeing Mary train.

She became Ulster's Golden Girl when she brought us home a gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Mary Peters was appointed Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000.

Dame Mary served the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Belfast between 2009 and 2014 with great aplomb.

Dame Mary has been - and continues to be - a tremendous ambassador for Northern Ireland.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Lock's Travel Trilby


Some time ago I watched an old episode of Poirot, entitled Murder In Mesopotamia.

That celebrated sleuth's faithful companion, Captain Arthur Hastings OBE, wore a rather fine, sand-coloured, type of fedora or trilby hat.

Now I've a confession to make: I possess a considerable of hats, including three fedoras and trilbys.

Four of my hats are made by James Lock & Company, of St James's, London.

Are any readers remotely interested in my hat collection?

After viewing the Poirot episode, I had a rummage though the drawer and unearthed one of them, a medium brim, lightweight, soft, foldable, travel felt trilby.

It is called The Voyager.

They thoughtfully supplied the hat in a white travel tube, alas impractical for my compact hand luggage:

Turn the brim down, push out the crown shape to form a dome; softly, fold your hat convex and concave; roll your hat up; put it in the travel tube, brim uppermost; on arrival at your destination always unfold your hat, then reshape the crown and brim.
 First published in March, 2013.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Notoriety!

I was in central Belfast briefly this morning.

I visited the Central Library in Royal Avenue, one of Belfast's finer buildings. I invariably admire the domed ceiling with its intricate plasterwork on the first floor.

Today I was obtaining an image of Lord Pirrie's armorial bearings as a viscount, and his lineage.

A lovely lady approached me as I was leaving and introduced herself. Lord Belmont has achieved notoriety at last!

I passed the Great West Front of Belfast Cathedral, where the Dean's annual "sit-out" takes place at this time of year.

I spoke briefly to a lady canon (possibly the Rev Canon Denise Acheson, Canon Treasurer) beside the celebrated barrel.

The Bishop of Down & Dromore, the Right Rev Harold Miller, appeared on the steps, dressed informally in his v-neck jumper. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Passport Application

Commendation to Her Majesty's Passport Office.

I delivered an application for a new passport to their Belfast branch in Victoria Street exactly one week ago.

When I arrived home this afternoon, it had been delivered.

Annual Party


We all gathered at the old schoolhouse, Mount Stewart estate, County Down, this morning.

There were at least a dozen of us, National Trust Strangford Lough Group staff and volunteers.

During the morning we worked in and around the back yard and garden of the schoolhouse.

I managed to get two sacks of logs.

The main purpose of the day, however, was the annual Christmas party lunch, a very informal affair.

We all contributed to it: Tomasz brought home-made wild mushroom soup.

Phil provided his game pie.

Others brought sausage rolls, vol-au-vents, quiche, bread; Pavlova, chocolate cake, Christmas cake, and more.


I've written about the schoolhouse before. It's an historic building, some two centuries old.

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Slippers

A new pair of slippers regularly springs to mind at this time of the year.

Admittedly I've achieved a fairly good mileage from the present ones, judging by the tread.

My Number Threes are invariably from Marks & Spencer's.

It might amuse you to know that I have a Number One pair, by Church's, which are aired on Red Letter Days or special occasions.

They are made of velvet, with a kind of monogram atop, leather soled, red in colour.

The Number Twos, by Morland's, also have hard leather soles, a sheepskin fleece lining, and beige suede upper.

Friday, 12 December 2014

New DLs

Mrs Joan Christie OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, has been pleased to appoint
Colonel Neil SALISBURY OBE, Ballycastle, County Antrim
Mr David McCORKELL, Lisburn, County Antrim
To be Deputy Lieutenants of the County her Commission bearing the date of 8 December 2014.

Joan Christie, Lord Lieutenant of the County.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

New iPad

Mulholland arms

I ventured into town - viz. central Belfast - today. I sought one of the latest Apple iPad Air 2 tablets.

It's "Space Grey" and 64GB capacity.

Accordingly, I started the two-seater - also dark grey, as it happens - and motored to Gloucester Street, where I was fortunate enough to find a parking space.

In the Apple Store, at Victoria Square shopping centre, I was seen fairly promptly by an assistant.

It was all quite straightforward, given that I knew what I wanted.

The latest iPad is considerably lighter and slimmer than my fourth generation model.

The original intention had been to buy the new iPad at the giant Tesco store at Knocknagoney though, to my disappointment, they had none in stock (apart from the 16GB variant).

THENCE I presented my new passport application at the Home Office's passport section in Victoria Street which, as it happens, is almost opposite Gloucester Street.

AT the venerable Linenhall Library I found a 1960s Burke's peerage and baronetage and the armorial bearings of the Rt Hon Sir Henry (Harry) Mulholland Bt.

Incidentally, I'll be posting a piece about Ballyscullion Park imminently.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

4th Earl of Bristol


The surname of HERVEY, or HARVEY, written with Fitz (i.e. son of Harvey) is derived from Robert FitzHervey (a younger son of Hervé, Duke of Orléans), one of the commanders in the invading army of WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.

From that Robert descended

JOHN HERVEY, who, marrying Joan, daughter and heiress of John Harman, of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, whereby he became possessed of that lordship, which he made his principal residence.

Mr Hervey died in 1292, leaving issue,

JOHN HERVEY, who wedded Margaret, daughter and heir of Sir John de Nernuytt, of Burnham, in Buckinghamshire, and therby became possessed of a large property, which descended to his son and heir.

From him we pass to his lineal descendant,

JOHN HERVEY, of Thurleigh, who wedded Alice, daughter of Nicholas Morley, of Glynde, Sussex; and had, with one daughter, two sons, viz.
GEORGE;
Thomas.
The younger son,

THOMAS HERVEY, espoused Jane, daughter and heir of Henry Drury, of Ickworth, Hawstead, etc; and with her acquired those estates.

He was succeeded at his decease by his son,

WILLIAM HERVEY, of Ickworth, Suffolk, who married Joan, daughter of John Cocket, of Ampton, Suffolk; and, dying in 1538, left, with other issue,
JOHN, his successor, of whom presently;
NICHOLAS.
Mr Hervey of Ickworth was succeeded at his decease by his eldest son,

JOHN HERVEY, of Ickworth, whi died in 1556, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

JOHN HERVEY, of Ickworth, who wedded Frances, daughter and co-heir of Edmund Bocking, of Bocking, in Essex; and dying in 1630, was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR WILLIAM HERVEY, who married, in 1608, Susan, daughter of Sir Robert Jermyn, of Rushbrook, Suffolk; and dying in 1660, was succeeded by his eldest son,

JOHN HERVEY, of Ickworth.
This gentleman enjoyed the friendship of Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester, and sojourned with that accomplished nobleman during his embassy at the French court. Concurring heartily with the restoration of CHARLES II, he was appointed Treasurer of the Household to the Queen Consort, CATHERINE. In parliament he was one of the leading members.
He wedded the Hon Elizabeth Hervey, only surviving child and sole heiress of William, Lord Hervey, of Kidbrook; but dying without issue, in 1679, his estates devolved upon his only surviving brother,

SIR THOMAS HERVEY MP, who espoused Isabella, daughter of Sir Humphrey May, vice-chamberlain of the household to CHARLES I; and dying in 1694, was succeeded by his eldest surviving son,

JOHN HERVEY (1665-1751), a distinguished member of the House of Commons, who was elevated to the peerage, in 1703, as Baron Hervey, of Ickworth, Suffolk.

His lordship was advanced to the dignity of an earldom, in 1714, as EARL OF BRISTOL.

This nobleman wedded firstly, in 1686, Isabella, daughter and sole heiress of the Rt Hon Sir Robert Carr Bt, and granddaughter, maternally, of James, 3rd Earl of Suffolk, by whom he had a son, CARR, Lord Hervey, who predeceased him, and two daughters.

He married secondly, in 1695, Elizabeth, onlt daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Felton Bt, of Playford, Suffolk, by whom he had eleven sons and six daughters.

The 1st Earl's two sons both predeceased him and, following his decease in 1751, he was succeeded by his grandson,

GEORGE WILLIAM (1721-75), 2nd Earl, who, in right of his grandmother, upon the demise of Henry, 10th Earl of Suffolk, became joint heir (with Elizabeth, 2nd wife of John, 1st Earl of Portsmouth) to that nobleman's estates, and to the barony of HOWARD DE WALDEN; but dying unmarried in 1775, all devolved upon his brother,

AUGUSTUS JOHN (1724-79), 3rd Earl.
This nobleman, having adopted the naval profession, attained the rank of Vice-Admiral of the Blue. His lordship married privately, in 1744, the celebrated Miss Chudleigh, who, 25 years later, in 1769, publicly espoused Evelyn Pierrepoint, 2nd Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull; for which offence her ladyship was impeached before the House of Lords, and the marriage declared illegal. She retired subsequently to the Continent, where she died in 1788.
The 3rd Earl died in 1779, without issue, and was succeed by his brother,

FREDERICK AUGUSTUS (1730-1803), Lord Bishop of Derry,  4th Earl.
The heir presumptive is the present holder's 4th cousin once removed Alexander George Hervey (b. 1920).
Bristol arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Londonderry City Lieutenancy

City of Londonderry


LORD-LIEUTENANT


GARVEY, Dr Angela J,



VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT


KEYS, Mr Stuart C, DL




DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS


HILL, Mr Donald A, JP DL

McCLURE, Dr Alan, OBE DL

KEEGAN, Dame Geraldine, DBE DL

DAVIDSON, Mrs Margaret J, DL

SHARMA, Mr Naresh, DL

DAVIS, Mr David, MBE JP DL

MOORE, Mr Alan, MBE TD DL

DOHERTY, Mrs Joan, DL

CROWE, Mr Ian, DL

GUCKIAN, Mr Gerard, DL

MORTON, Very Rev William, DL

WATT, Dr Lucinda, DL

QUIGLEY, Mrs Helen, DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Belfast Lieutenancy

County Borough of Belfast





LORD-LIEUTENANT



JAY-O’BOYLE, Mrs Fionnuala, CBE



VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT



HAMILTON, Sir Nigel, KCB DL



DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS


MacLARAN, Mr Michael, DL

SMYTH, Mrs Anthea Linda, DL

RUSSELL, Mr Colin DL

THOMPSON, Mr Courtenay, DL

ELDER, Mr Mervyn, MBE TD JP DL

MORONEY, Mr Maurice, JP DL

DEENY, The Hon Mr Justice (Sir Donnell), DL

CAMPBELL, Mrs Jennifer, DL

COLLINS, Dr John, DL

STELFOX, Mr Dawson, MBE DL

CAMPBELL, Colonel Mark, CBE DL

CORBETT, Mr Joseph Garth, MBE DL

DONALDSON, Mr Adrian M, MBE DL

CARR, Dr Nigel J, DL

HILL, Dame Judith, DBE DL FRCN

McGARRY, Dr Philip J, DL

BRADLEY, Professor Martin E J, OBE DL FRCN

PRICE, Nicholas W N, DL

SHARMA, Mukesh, DL

MARKEN, Mrs Michelle, OBE DL

ADAIR, Professor Alastair Samuel, CBE DL

EVE, Mrs Judith Mary, CBE DL

SHERIDAN, Dr Mark Christopher, DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Tyrone Lieutenancy

County of Tyrone


LORD-LIEUTENANT
   

SCOTT, Mr Robert W L, OBE JP



VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT


KILLEN, Mr Patrick, OBE JP DL




DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS
   

SCOTT, Mr Richard T M, DL

HADDEN, Mr John R, DL

BLAKISTON-HOUSTON, Dr Lucinda, DL

RUSSELL, Dr Clive, OBE DL

SHIELS, Mr Leslie A, JP DL

PINTO, Mr Dominic, OBE DL

BUTLER, Mr W Richard C, DL

ORR, Mr Thomas Neville, DL

McCAUL, Mrs Shiela A, MBE DL

NOLAN, Mrs Frances B, MBE DL

GAMBLE, Mr Sydney, DL

EASTWOOD, Mrs Geraldine, DL

COLHOUN, Miss Angela F, DL

O’HARE, Dr Brendan J, DL

CASTLE STEWART, Rt Hon the Countess, DL

HAMILTON-STUBBER, Mr James, DL

BAXTER, Mr William James, QPM DL

BOYD, Mrs Gail Ann

BELL, Mrs Meta, MBE DL

THOMPSON, Rev Dr Isaac, TD DL

FRAZER, Mr David Iain, DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Londonderry Lieutenancy


County of Londonderry



LORD-LIEUTENANT


DESMOND, Mr Denis F, CBE



VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT




BURNSIDE, Mrs Stella, OBE DL




DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS


BOYLE, Mr E A Harry, JP DL

McGINNIS, Mr William, OBE DL

MOORE, Mr W Robert L, DL

HILL, Mr J Desmond, DL

McKENNA, Professor Gerry, DL

O’DONNELL, Mrs Rosemary, DL

DAVIDSON, Mr Alastair, DL

MILLAR, Mrs Alison, DL

McKEOWN, Mr William, MBE DL

DALY, Dr John G, DL

McVEIGH, the Rev Canon Samuel, MBE TD DL

SHERIDAN, Mr Peter, OBE DL

MARK, Mrs Helen, DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Fermanagh Lieutenancy



County of Fermanagh



LORD-LIEUTENANT


BROOKEBOROUGH, Rt Hon the Viscount



VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT


EADIE, Mr Roland R A, DL



DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS


FAWCETT, Mr David, DL

FAWCETT, Mr John E C, DL

PLUNKETT, Mr Charles P B, DL

SCOTT, Mr Mark R H, MBE DL

WILKINSON, Mrs Rosemary, DL

BLAKE, Mrs Mary, DL

LITTLE, Mrs Melanie, DL

STYLES, Mrs Jane, DL

McVEY, Mrs Joanna, OBE DL

WIGHAM, Mr William T A, DL

McMANUS, Ms Roisin, DL

PENDRY, Mr Shaun, DL

FISHER, Mr Ernest, DL

LOGAN, Mr Hamish, DL

ERNE, The Earl of, DL

RASDALE, Mr Anthony, DL

GRAHAM, Dr John, DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Down Lieutenancy


COUNTY OF DOWN



LORD-LIEUTENANT


LINDSAY, Mr David C




VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT



COOK, Mrs Fionnuala, OBE DL




DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS


BLAKISTON-HOUSTON, Mr Richard, DL

BARNETT, Mr Robert, DL

GORDON, Mr Richard John, DL

OSBORNE, Brigadier Ian, OBE DL

NIXON, Mr James, DL

WORKMAN, Mrs Barbara, DL

LAMMEY, Mr Colin, DL

MURRAY, Mr Leslie, CBE DL

McCAUSLAND, Mr Duncan, OBE DL

FITZSIMONS, Mr Barry, DL

DUNLEATH, Rt Hon the Lord, DL

NICHOLSON, Lady, DL

WITCHELL, Mr John, DL

KING, Mrs Sally Louisa, DL

FLOOD, Dr Richard Derek, DL

O’HAGAN, Dr Leonard, CBE DL

KINNAIRD, Mr Nigel John, DL

ROWAN-HAMILTON, Mr Gawn, DL

O'HARE, Dr William Gerard, CBE DL

HAUGHIAN, Mrs Catherine A, DL

KELLY, Dr Thomas, OBE DL

CHAMPION, Mrs Catherine June, DL

LOGAN, Dr Robert Alexander, DL

WATT, Mr Michael Desmond, DL

BROWNLOW, Mrs Amanda Claire, DL

CONWAY, Mr Peter Campbell, DL

McCLURE, Professor Neil, DL

Please advise me of any retirements or deaths.