Monday, 31 December 2007

Lord Dover

George James Welborne Agar-Ellis, PC, FSA, FRS, 1st Baron Dover (1797-1833)

He was the son of Henry Welbore Ellis, 2nd Viscount Clifden of Gowran and Lady Caroline Spencer daughter of Sir George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough and Lady Caroline Russell.
He married Lady Georgiana Howard, daughter of Sir George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle and Lady Georgiana Dorothy Cavendish.

He was a Whig M.P. from 1818-1826 and from 1830 and 1831 and supported Canning's motion in 1822 for a bill to relieve the disabilities of Roman Catholic peers. He was a trustee of the British Museum and a founder of the National Gallery.

F 9784 [1814]
Arms: quarterly: 1 and 4, argent on a cross sable five crescents argent; 2 and 3, azure a lion rampant argent.
Crest: a demi-lion rampant.
Supporters: Dexter, a greyhound collarded, the collar charged with three crescents; sinister a lion, with a crest.
Motto: Non hæc sine numine

Lord Dover used 2 other bookplates (F9782, F9783) and another, bearing his title of Lord Dover (after 1831) with Ellis, quartering Agar, impalling Howard (F9775). He also used superlibris stamped on the binding covers of his books see, Binding stamp of George Agar-Ellis, Baron Dover

Duke of Gordon

Cosmo George Gordon, KT, 3rd Duke of Gordon and 6th Marquess of Huntly (1721-1752)

Arms: Quarterly: 1st azure, three boars’ heads couped or, Gordon; 2nd or, three lions’ heads erased gules, langued azure, Badenoch; 3rd or, three crescents within a double tressure flory counter-flory gules, Seton; 4th azure, three cinquefoils argent, Fraser.
F1225 – attributes it with doubts

He was the son of General Alexander Gordon, (c. 1678– 1728), Earl of Enzie, 5th Marquess of Huntly & 2nd Duke of Gordon and Lady Henrietta Mordaunt, dau. of General Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough.
He married Lady Catherine Gordon, daughter of Sir William Gordon, 2nd Earl of Aberdeen by his 2nd. wife Lady Susan Murray.
His grandfather George, 1st Duke of Gordon despite having given allegiance to William of Orange was always suspected of professing sympathies for the legitimate Stuart exiled King and was prosecuted till his death in the reign of George I.
His father, the 2nd Duke, travelled vastly in Europe and was a close friend of Cosimo III Medici, Grand-Duke of Tuscany. He joined the Jacobite uprising of 1715 commanding a cavalry unit under General Mar but then submitted to the government and was imprisoned for a short period.
The 3rd. Duke refused to join the Jacobite Rising of 1745, unlike his younger brother Lord Lewis Gordon who took an active part in it saving the honour of the Family. But this standing made him being created a Knight of the Order of the Thistle and being elected a representative peer for Scotland (1747-1752). See, however, mentioning the possibility of the Duke having secretly supportted the Jacobites.
The titles of Lord Gordon of Badenoch, Earl of Enzie and Marquess of Huntly were created by King James I on 17th April 1599, on behalf of George Gordon, 6th Earl of Huntly. His eldest son George Gordon, 2nd Marquess (1592-1649) was a royalist and was beheaded at Edinburgh by order of the Scots Parliament.
The latter’s grandson the 4th Marquess was created Duke of Gordon after the Restoration by Charles II on November 1684 in recognition for the family’s support during and after the Civil War. An uncle of the 4th Marquess, Charles Gordon had also been created Earl of Aboyne in 1661.
See, Clan Gordon

Sources: Historic Earls and Earldoms of Scotland - Chapter III - Earldom and Earls of Huntly
Debrett’s Peerage, Barotenage & Knightage, London, 1904

Sunday, 30 December 2007

Bt. Abercromby of Birkenbog

Sir Robert Abercromby (1784 – 1855), 5th Bt. Abercromby of Birkenbog

Arms: Abercromby quartering Ogilvy
Crest: a falcon rising belled proper
Supporters: Two greyhounds argent, collared gules
Mottos: Petit alta / Mercy is my desire
F 51

He was the son of Sir George Abercromby of Birkenbog, 4th Bt. and Hon. Jane Ogilvy and married Lady Elizabeth Stephenson Douglas, daughter of Samuel Douglas.
A M.P. for Banffshire (1812-1818) succeeded to the title on 1831.
Seat: Forglen House, Banffshire, Scotland.


Thursday, 27 December 2007

Thomas Boultbee Parkyns

Thomas Boultbee Parkyns (died 1833, Italy)

Crest: on a wreath argent and sable a pine apple braunche verte, the aple in his proper couller mantled gules, double argente.
Warwick 145 Strand
F 22776
He used another bookplate F 22774, an armorial shield on a mantle.

The son of Sir Thomas Parkyns, 3rd. Baronet (1728-1806) and his third wife Jane Boultbee.
Married 1819 Charlotte Mary Smith, dau. of George Smith of Edwalton, co. Nottingham. His elder brother Col. Thomas Boothby Parkyns was MP for Leicester and in 1795 was made Baron Rancliffe.
His great-grandfather Sir Thomas Parkyns, married to Anne Cressy was made a baronet by Charles II in 1681 in reward of his father's loyalty to the Royal cause in the Civil War.

His eldest son Sir Thomas George Augustus PARKYNS (1820-1895) succeeded his cousin as 5th Bt.

Bunny Hall

Earl of Chesterfield

Sir Philip Dormer Stanhope, PC, KG (1694 - 1773), 4th Earl of Chesterfield (cr. 1628)
4th Baron Stanhope of Shelford, co. Nottingham

Suc. in 1726
Arms: Stanhope
Motto: A Deo et Rege

There are two bookplates with the Stanhope arms with a Garter on a mantle, the first (above) with supporters and the second (see below) without supporters.

The first bookplate might be F 27861 and the second F 27859.

He was the son of Philip Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Chesterfield and Lady Elizabeth Saville daughter of of George Saville, 1st Marquess of Halifax and Gertrude Pierrepont. The title came from his great-grandmother Katherine Stanhope, Countess of Chesterfield (1609–1667) the faithful companion of Princess Mary, The Princess Royal, Princess of Orange, and Countess of Nassau, eldest daughter of King Charles I and mother of William of Orange, later king William III of England.
He married Petronilla Melusina von der Schulenburg, Countess of Walsingham, daughter of George I, King of Great Britain and Ermengarde Melusina Baronin von der Schulenberg, on 14 May 1733, without issue.
Lord Chesterfield was a Whig Member of Parliament for St. Germans between 1715 and 1722 and for Lostwithiel between 1722 and May 1723, Ambassador to Holland (1728-32) and Lord Steward of the of Household (1730-33). A member of the Cabinet in 1744 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1745.
He wrote «Letters of Philip Dormer, Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, To His Godson and Successor».
His only son Philip Stanhope (1732 – 1768), Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Dresden predeceased him without legitimate issue and he was succeeded in the title by his kinsman Philip Stanhope, KG.

Sir Philip Stanhope, PC, KG, FSA, FRS, 5th Earl of Chesterfield (1755-1805) was the son of Arthur Charles Stanhope and Margaret Headlam and succeeded also to the title of 5th Baron Stanhope of Shelford. He was Ambassador to Spain (1784 – 1787), and Master of the Horse between 1798 and 1804.
Chesterfield Mss.

Earls of Lauderdale

The bookplate might have belonged to the 4th or to his brother the 5th Earl of Lauderdale, we are not certain and the Frank’s Catalogue does not help.

Richard Maitland, PC, 4th Earl of Lauderdale (1653 – 1695)

Arms: Maitland quartering Lauder

He was the eldest son of Charles Maitland, 3rd Earl of Lauderdale and Lady Elizabeth Lauder and the nephew of the famous John Maitlnad, second Earl, and Duke of Lauderdale a faithful supporter of king Charles II.
From 3 April 1680 he was Lord Justice Clerk, but in 1684 he was deprived of that office, on account of suspected communications with his father-in-law, Argyll, who had escaped in 1681 to Holland.
Richard, Lord Maitland, was present at the Battle of the Boyne on the side of King, July 1, 1690, after which he retired to Limerick and subsequently went to the exiled Court of James II at St.Germains. The following year he succeeded to the Earldom of Lauderdale, but was outlawed by the Court of Justiciary on 23 July 1694.
The 4th Earl of Lauderdale married, 1 July 1678, Anne (d. 1734) daughter of Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll. They left no issue and the Earldom passed to Richard's brother, John Lauder or Maitland, 5th Earl of Lauderdale.
According to one source «the Earl was also a collector of books, and possessed one of the choicest libraries of his time».

John Maitland, 5th Earl of Lauderdale, 1st Baronet, (1655 - 1710)

Son of Charles Maitland, 3rd Earl of Lauderdale and Lady Elizabeth Lauder, succeeded his elder brother Richard Maitland, 4th Earl of Lauderdale in the Earldom in 1695.
On obtaining the Barony of Haltoun assumed the surname and designation of Lauder of Haltoun in lieu of Maitland of Ravelrig.
Active supporter of the «Glorious Rvolution» in 1688 rose to Privy Counsellor and supported the Union of Parliamentsn 1696.
About 1680 Sir John married Margaret (c1662 - 1742), daughter of Alexander Cunningham, 10th Earl of Glencairn.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Earl of Rosebery

Archibald Philip Primrose, KG, PC, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929)

Prime Minister (1894-1895) succeeded William Gladstone in office.

He was the son of Archibald Primrose, Lord Dalmeny (1809 – 1851), a Scottish Liberal politician, and Lady Catherine Stanhope, the daughter of Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl Stanhope and grandson of Archibald Primrose, 4th Earl of Rosebery.

He married the rich heiress Hannah Rothschild, only daughter of the Jewish banker Baron Mayer de Rothschild.

Arms: quarterly; 1 and 4, vert three primroses within a tressure flory counterflory, or (Primrose); 2 and 3, argent a lion rampant double queued sable (Cressy)
Source: Wikipedia - Earl of Rosebery
Seat: Dalmeny House

Joseph Neeld

Joseph Neeld (1784-1856)

The son of Joseph Neeld (1754-1828), a solicitor, and Mary Bond, dau. of John Bond and Susannah Rundle.
Heir of his great-uncle Philip Rundell, famous and wealthy jeweller. Bought the Manor of Grittleton, near Chippenham, in Wiltshire.
Married Lady Caroline Ashley Cooper, eldest daughter of the 6th Earl of Shaftesbury and sister of the 7th Earl, but separated and had no issue.
Left an illegitimate daughter Anne Maria.
MP for Chippenham (1830-1856), he was an amateur botanist, a philanthropist and had a good library and art collection.

Referred as a bookplate related with Portugal, although we have failed to find any connection.

Arms: per pale argent and azure a lion passant between three greyhound’s heads erased counterchanged.
Crest: on a mound vert a wolf’s head erased sable between two palm branches erect proper.
Motto: Nomen extendere factis
Sources: Engraved ex libris of Joseph Neeld on front pastedown see, in SCULTORI, Adamo. Michael Angelus Bonarotus pinxit. Adam Sculptor incidit. Rome, 1540 / 1550;

The Neeld Saga, from notes compiled by George W. Ingrams.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Earl Ferrers

Washington Sewallis Shirley, 9th Earl Ferrers (1822-1859)

He was the son of Robert William Shirley, Viscount Tamworth and grandson of Washington Shirley, 8th Earl Ferrers (1760-1842) .
He married Lady Augusta Annabella Chichester, daughter of Edward Chichester, 4th Marquess of Donegall and Amelia Spread Deane Grady.

Arms: 1 - paly of six or and azure, a quarter ermine (Shirley); 2 - vairy argent and sable, a quarter gules (Staunton); 3 - argent a fess gules in chief three torteaux (Devereux); 4 - vair or and gules (Ferrers); 5 - quarterly England and France within a bordure argent; 6 - argent two bars and in chief three mullets gules (Washington).
Crest: a Saracen’s head in profile, couped, proper, wreathed about the temples or and azure.

Motto: Honor virtutis premium
Supporters: dexter, a talbot ermine ducally gorged; sinister, a reindeer gules billettée or, charged on the shoulder with a horseshoe argent, and ducally gorged.

Warwick sc, 124 Regent Street

Staunton Harold Hall

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

11th Earl of Clanricarde

John Smith de Burgh, PC (Ireland), FRS, FSA, 11th Earl of Clanricarde (1720-1782)
9th Viscount Bourke of Clanmories, co. Mayo, 11th Baron of Dunkellin

Arms: or a cross gules, in the dexter canton a lion rampant sable.
Crest: a cat-a-mountain sejant guardant proper, plain collared and chained or.
Motto: Un Roy, un Foy , un Loy
Artist: W. Kibbart Sculp - 1750

He was the son of Michael Bourke, 10th Earl of Clanricarde and Anne Smith.
He married Hester Amelia Vincent, daughter of Sir Henry Vincent, 6th Bt. and Elizabeth Sherman.
Seat - Portumna Castle, County Galway, Ireland.

James Stuart-Wortley

Rt. Hon. James Archibald Stuart-Wortley, PC, QC (1805 – 1881)

The youngest son of James Archibald Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 1st Baron Wharncliffe, (1776 – 1845) and Lady Elizabeth Caroline Mary Crichton (1779–1856) and great-grandson of John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute.

A barrister at the Inner Temple in 1831, he became a Queen's Counsel in 1841 and hold the office of Solicitor General for England and Wales under Lord Palmerston.
He married Jane Lawley, daughter of Lord Wenlock.

Arms: Wortley quartering Stuart impalling Lawley.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Rawdon-Hastings, Marquess of Hastings

Revised 18th December

Initially we attributed it as being the bookplate of Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings (1754-1826), 2nd Earl of Moira (s. 1793), Earl of Rawdon (cr. 1816), Baron Rawdon (cr. 1783). But, according to the Frank's Collection Catalogue it seems to be F14050, doubted as a bookplate.
On the other hand the Frank's Catalogue only mentions (F14049) as being the bookplate of the 4th Marquess, grandson of the 1st Marquess.

Henry Weysford Charles Plantagenet Rawdon-Hastings, 4th Marquess of Hastings (1842 - 1868) was the son of George Augustus Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings and Barbara Yelverton, Baroness Grey (of Ruthin) and married Lady Florence Cecilia Paget, daughter of Sir Henry Paget, 2nd Marquess of Anglesey and Henrietta Maria Bagot. He was also 9th Earl of Loudoun, 20th Lord Botreaux and suc. his mother as 21st Lord Grey, of Ruthin.

Motto: Trust Winneth Troth


5th Earl of Stamford

George Harry Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford (1737-1819)
s. 1768 and was created Earl of Warrington and Baron Delamer in 1796

Arms: per pale: first, quarterly, 1 and 4, barry of six argent and azure (Grey), 2 and 3, argent three boar’s head couped erect sable (Booth); second, azure, a cross moline argent (Bentinck).
Supporters: dexter, a unicorn rampant ermine and sinister a lion rampant double queued.
Motto: A Ma Puissance
Seat: Enville Hall, Staffordshire

He was the son of Harry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford (1715-1768) and Lady Mary Booth, dau. of Sir George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington. He married Lady Henrietta Cavendish-Bentinck, dau. of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland and Lady Margaret Cavendish Harley.
His great-great-grandfather, Henry Grey, 2nd baron Grey of Groby, cr. Earl of Stamford in 1628, who died in 1673, was a Parliamentary General during the Civil Wars and the latter’s elder son, Thomas, Lord Grey of Groby (1623-1657) was a Regicide.
See, the 1st Earl of Stamford as Parliamentary General; Grey Family Papers

Monday, 10 December 2007

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, KG, PC (1713 – 1792)
3rd Viscount Kingarth, 5th Baronet Stuart, of Bute and 3rd Lord Mountstuart, Cumra and Inchmarnock

Arms: or a fess chequy argent and azure within a tressure flory counterflory gules.
Crest: a demi-lion rampant gules with motto scroll above.
Motto: Nobilis ira; Avito viret honore

Prime Minister of Great Britain (1762-1763) during the reign of king George III.
He was the son of James Stuart, 2nd Earl of Bute and Lady Anne Campbell, d. of Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll and Elizabeth Tollemache He married Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, Baroness Mount Stuart of Wortley, d. and heiress of Edward Wortley-Montague, HM’s Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and the famous letter writer and poet Lady Mary Pierrepont Wortley Montagu (1689-1762). Both the 3rd Earl of Bute - a noted bibliophile, and his mother-in-law formed or inherited splendid libraries (see, Bute Collection at the National Library of Scotland).

Several members of this family had ex libris, namely, his great-grandsons John Chrichton-Stuart, KT, FRS, (1793-1848), 2nd Marquess of Bute, the Hon. James Archibald Stuart-Wortley, PC, QC, (1805-1881) and his great-great-grandson, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute, KT (1847 – 1900) (see post of 03-04-2007).,_3rd_Earl_of_Bute