Friday, 30 March 2007

Colonel Robert Howard Bookplate

Colonel Robert Howard, of Castle Howard, in Co. Wicklow, NI

F15504 – Pictorial armorial
Arms – Howard impalling Brooke

Married Letitia Deborah Brooke, dau of Major Francis Brooke (c.1720-1800) of Drogheda's Horse, afterwards the 18th Light Dragoons and Hannah Prittie, sister of the 1st Lord Dunalley. Letitia’s uncle was Sir Arthur Brooke, (b. bef. 1728-1785), P.C. [Ireland)] created 1st Baronet Brooke, of Colebrooke, co. Fermanagh [Ireland] (1764) and Member of Parliament for County Fermanagh [Ireland] between 1761 and 1783 and for Maryborough [Ireland] between 1783 and 1785.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Howard bought Castle Howard, near Avoca, in 1811 and improved it.
His brother-in-law Sir Henry Brooke [1770-1834], created 1st Baronet Brooke, of Colebrooke, co. Fermanagh [U.K.] on 7 January 1822, married Harriet Butler, daughter of Hon. John Butler, in 1792. Among his famous descendants we find his great grandson Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, KG, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO (1883 - 1963) Chief of the Imperial General Staff during the Second World War and Also Sir Henry’s great-great grandson Sir Basil Brooke, KG, CBE, MC, PC [NI], (1888 - 1973), 5th Baronet, of Colebrooke, cr. (1952) Viscount Brookeborough, of Colebrooke , co. Fermanagh [UK], Ulster Unionist politician and Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

Castle Howard was apparently inherited by Colonel R. Howard’s nephew, son of the above, Richard Howard-Brooke (1801-1877) married on 1837 to Frances Caroline Hamilton, daughter of Hans Hamilton. Richard Howard-Brooke legally assumed the name Howard-Brooke on 1835. and lived in Castle Howard, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Sources:; and
The Brookeborough Papers at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Bibliography: J. P. Neale, Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, vol. VI, 1823.

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Countess of Pomfret Bookplate

Lady Henrietta Louisa Jeffreys, countess of Pomfret (1698 - 1761)
Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Caroline

F10401 - Jacobean Armorial trophy
Arms – Fermot, with Jeffreys on an escutcheon, impalling Jeffreys
Dated 1733

Lady Henrietta Louisa was the dau of John Jeffreys, 2nd Baron Jeffreys of Wem (1673 – 1703) and Lady Charlotte Herbert (circa 1676 – 1733) daughter of Philip Herbert, 7th Earl of Pembroke and Henrietta Mauricette de Penancoet.
Her grandfather was the famous George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem (1645-1689), Judge and Lord Chancellor in the reign of James II (see, G. W. Keeton, Lord Chancellor Jeffreys and the Stuart Cause, 1965 & Judge Jeffreys: Towards a Reappraisal, in «Welsh Historical Review», # 265, 1962).
She married Thomas Fermor (1698 – 1753), 2nd Baron Leominster (cr. 1692, in the Peerage of England), created in 1721 Earl Pomfret, in the County of York, in the Peerage of Great Britain son of William Fermor (c 1648 — 7 Dec 1711), 1st Baron Leominster and Lady Sophia Osborne. The latter’s father, a staunch royalist, Sir William Fermor, Bart. (1621-1661) was created a baronet in 1641, by Charles I. In 1660, he became a member of the Privy Council that restored the monarchy.
She was the mother of George Fermor, 2nd Earl of Pomfret (1722 – 1785). The title became extinct with the death of George Richard William Fermor, 5th Earl of Pomfret (1824-1867).
Lady Henrietta was a distinguished diarist and letter writer.

The seat of the Fermor family was Easton Neston, in Northamptonshire.. The house came to the Hesketh family through the marriage, in 1846, of Lady Anna Maria Arabella Fermor, sister and heiress of the 5th earl of Pomfret, and great grand daughter of Henrietta Louisa, to Sir Thomas George Hesketh (1825-1872), 5th Baronet of Rufford.
However, this splendid country house former seat of the Fermor Family had its destiny sealed like many other fine houses in Britain and elsewhere, which finish up in the hands of rich American financiers or industry potentates, rich Arab oil magnates or even pop-stars.
Indeed, the house was recently sold by their great-great-grandson Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, KBE, PC, 3rd Baron Hesketh and a former Minster for Industry, to a Russian-born US retail businessman and designer, Leon Max as reported in the press.

Lady Henrietta Louisa, countess of Pomfret used two other bookplates (plus one variant) recorded in Franks’ Collection Catalogue under F10402-10404. Her husband, the 1st Earl of Pomfret also had a bookplate registered, as F10400. Their son, the 2nd Earl of Pomfret also used a bookplate – F10399 and so did his wife Lady Anna Maria Draycott – F10405.

Bibliography: see, Brian North Lee, British Royal Bookplates and Ex-Libris of Related Families, Aldershot, Scolar Press (1992), p. 6, reproducing the fine and large bookplate engraved by Samuel Wale for the Countess, p.7; British Bookplates. A Pictorial History, London, David & Charles, 1979, reproducing the other fine bookplate with two shields acccolé (#51), p. 55-56)


Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Lord Frederick Dufferin Bookplate

Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, (1826–1902), GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, PC

5th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye (suc. 1841) 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (cr. 1888)

F2721 with the note - proof from the unfinished plate

He was invested as Knight of the Order of St Patrick in 1864 as 5th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye (suc. 1841) and only became Marques of Dufferin and Ava in 1888. So, this bookplate must be dated after 1864 and before 1888.
He was the son of Price Blackwood, 4th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye (1794-1841) and Helen Selina Sheridan, daughter of Thomas Sheridan and Caroline Henrietta Callander.
He succeeded his father in 1841 as 5th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye in the Peerage of Ireland, and was appointed a Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria in 1849. In 1850 he was created Baron Claneboye, of Clandeboye in the County of Down, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.
He married Lady Hariot Georgina Rowan-Hamilton in 1862 having taken the name Hamilton by royal license and later the name of Temple.
A distinguished diplomat he was Ambassador to St Petersburg, 1879-81, Ambassador to Constantinople and Cairo, 1881-84, Ambassador to Italy (1888-1891) and to France (1891-1896). He also held the offices of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, under-Secretary of State for War, Governor-General of Canada and Vice-Roy of India
After returning from France, Lord Dufferin became President of the Royal Geographical Society, and Rector of the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews.
Published: A Yacht Voyage. Letters from High Latitudes; Being Some Account Of A Voyage, In 1856, In The Schooner Yacht "Foam", To Iceland, Jan Mayen, And Spitzbergen. By Lord Dufferin. Governor General Of The Dominion Of Canada. Toronto: Adam, Stevenson, and Co., 1873
See, also the Dufferin Papers

John Darell, Esq. Bookplate

John Darell, Esq. of Calehill, Kent

F7979 - Early Armorial
Arms - Darell impalling Smythe

The son of Nathaniel Darell, Governor of Sheerness and _ Legge, dau of Colonel John Legge of Dartmouth family

Married Olivia Smythe, dau of Philip Smythe, 2nd Viscount Strangford (b 23.03.1633/4, bur 08.08.1708). Their grandson Henry Darell of Calehill married Elizabeth Gage, dau of Sir Thomas Gage, 6th Bart of Hengrave. Her nephew Sir Thomas Gage, 7th Bart of Hengrave (d 27.12.1820) also used bookplates one of which engraved by Bartolozzi in Lisbon.


Thomas Jelf Powys Bookplate

Thomas Jelf Powys (d. abt 1832) of Berwick House, Salop, Shropshire and Moreton Hall, Cheshire

He was the son of Edward Powys (1710-1760) and Catherine Jelff and married Anne Cooper (b. abt. 1754 – d. 1832). One of his daughters Anne Catherine Powys (c. 1771- 1852) married (1791) Major-General William Robert Basil Feilding, viscount Fielding, (1760-1799), son of Basil Feilding, 6th Earl of Denbigh.

F 24005 – Festoon Armorial
Arms - Or, a lion's jamb in bend erased, between two cross crosslets fitchy, Gules.
Crest - A lions jamb erased Gules, grasping a sceptre, surmounted with a fleur de lis, Or.

See, Tim Powys-Lybbe’s website for a discussion on this bookplate and the right of the Powys, of Berwick House, Salop, to the lawful use of these arms
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Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Bookplate Henry Egerton

F9658 (?) - Chippendale Armorial
Arms - Argent, a lion rampant Gules, between three pheons Sable.
Crest - On a chapeau Gules, turned up Ermine, a lion rampant of the first, supporting
an arrow erect Or, headed and feathered Argent.
Motto - Sic Donec
Probably from the family of the Earls of Bridgewater or of one of its branches.

Monday, 12 March 2007

Brian North Lee - R.I.P.

BRIAN NORTH LEE, FSA (1936-2007)

Brian North Lee will be remembered as a remarkable collector and historian of bookplates, with a vast bibliography published on the subject.
He played a leading role in the revival of the interest in bookplate collecting in Great Britain and in the (re)founding of The Bookplate Society, in 1972, at first within the Private Libraries Association and in 1983 as an independent body. In both phases he was an indefatigable worker being the Society’s secretary and editor of its Newsletter, and after 1983, the editor of the renewed Bookplate Journal and later President of the Society.
His contribution to the study and the history of British bookplates is remarkable and outstanding with his scholarly written studies on numerous British bookplate artists, past and present, his study on Early Printed Book Labels, the thorough monograph on British Royal Bookplates and the numerous articles published over the years in the specialised press. They all reveal an insatiable curiosity, a tireless and serious researcher, uncommon power of analysis, a love for knowledge and an eloquent writer.
British bookplates have had in the past eminent historians and collectors, such as H. Fincham, Sir A. W. Franks, J. Marshal and G. H. Viner who left exceedingly valuable works on the subject, but none outpassed Brian North Lee for the depth and variety of his studies all solidly founded and above all his willingness to share knowledge with others.
His role in the international scene, establishing durable bonds between British and American and Continental bookplate lovers was also of paramount importance to end the splendid isolation of the British Isles. In this effort, the acceptance by FISAE of The Bookplate Society as member and the organisation of the FISAE Congress, in Oxford, in 1982 were foundation stones.
I specially recall his articles on British bookplates and contemporary English bookplate Artists published in the former Portuguese Ex Libris Association journal - A Arte do Ex-Líbris, and his contributions for the volumes of the multilingual Bookplate Artists, edited by A. Mota Miranda on behalf of FISAE, all contributing for a wide propagation of British bookplates in the international scene.

I never had the privilege of meeting Brian North Lee, but being a keen collector of British bookplates, I have always been an avid reader of his works and papers on bookplates, standing as they do, as references in the field.

With his death the bookplate community is poorer and suffered a great loss, since man of his standing are not easily replaced.

We present our deepest condolecenses to The Bookplate Society.
See, The Bookplate Society website
Obituary, by John Blatchy, in The Independent and in FISAE’s website

Sunday, 11 March 2007

Howard Bookplates

Lady Mary Henrietta Howard (1865-1956)

She was the daughter of George James Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle and Hon. Rosalind Frances Stanley. She married George Gilbert Aimé Murray, son of Sir Terence Aubrey Murray, on 30 November 1889.
From the Howards, Earls of Carlisle; they descend from Lord William Howard (1563 - 1640), third son of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk and his 2nd wife Hon. Margaret Audley, daughter of Sir Thomas Audley, 1st and last Baron Audley of Walden and Elizabeth Grey.

Richard Bagot, later Howard (1733 - 1819)

Fourth son of Sir Walter Wagstaffe Bagot, 5th Bart of Blithfield (1702-1768) and Barbara Legge (d 1765), dau of William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth).
M. Frances Howard dau of William Howard, Viscount Andover (1714 - 1756) and Mary Finch (d 1803) dau of Heneage Finch, 2nd Earl of Aylesford. Her grandfather was Henry Bowes Howard, 4th Earl of Berkshire & 11th Earl of Suffolk (1686 - 1757).
Arms - Howard quartering Bagot
F 15536 - Yates sculp.

Monday, 5 March 2007

Edward and Edith Heron-Allen Bookplate

Edward Heron-Allen FRS (1861–1943)

He was the fourth son of George Allen (1823–1911), a lawyer from London and Catherine Herring or Heron (b. 1830). He married 1stly, Marianna Lehamn, daughter of the artist Rudolf Lehmann.
In 1903 he married 2ndly, Edith Emily (1872–1943), daughter of William Brown Pepler MD.
The bookplate was thus made after 1903.~

A lawyer by profession, Edward Heron-Allen is one of those personalities difficult to define. A man of many talents and a vast range of interests, both in the arts and science, he dedicated much of his life to the study and writing on a wide variety of subjects – novels and short stories, chiromancy, the art of violin making, local history and archaeology, marine zoology (the chalk foraminifera), heraldry, bibliography, asparagus culture, the translation and study of Persian literature classics, and on oriental religions (Budhism and the Egyptian Nefer sign).
His literal prose translation of The Ruba'iyát of Omar Khayyám is still celebrated (see, and

At Large Acres, the house he built at Selsey Bill, Sussex, he also built a library for his vast collection of books a part of which went, after his death, to the Natural History Museum and another to the Royal College of Music. The London Library also holds an important collection of books on Persian literature which belonged to Edward Heron-Allen.
The antiquarian bookseller Bernard Quaritch founded in 1878 a dining and literary society called the Ye Sette of Odd Volumes which Edward Heron-Allen joined in 1883, being known as the Necromancer.
During the Great War in which he took active part serving as an Army Officer at the War Office, he wrote a diary which was only recently published (Edward Heron-Allen's Journal of the Great War: From Sussex Shore to Flanders Fields, edited by Brian W. Harvey & Carol Fitzgerald, Phillimore, 2002).
He was also an enthusiast of the Boy Scout Movement founded by Lord Baden-Powell.

The Heron-Allen Society has an interesting site with a short biography and bibliography at
Article by Brian W. Harvey & Carol Fitzgerald at
Asparagus and the Art of Good Living: Remembering Edward Heron-Allen, F.R.S. (1861-1943) (The Nottingham Journal, 23 May 1938) at:
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography gives an extensive biography.
See, also Edward Heron-Allen. 1861-1943, by R. A. Gregory, Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 4, No. 12 (Nov., 1943), pp. 446-454