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The Grant of Arms
TO ALL AND SINGULAR
to whom these Presents shall come Sir Conrad Marshall John Fisher Swan Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order Garter Principal King of Arms and John Philip Brooke Brooke-Little Esquire Commander of the Royal Victorian Order Norroy and Ulster King of Arms Send Greeting! Whereas IAN ALASTAIR ROBERTSON of Bude Close in the Borough of Crewe and Nantwich in the County of Cheshire Gentleman Bachelor of Arts of The Open University hath represented unto The Most Noble Miles Francis Stapleton Duke of Norfolk Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire upon whom has been conferred the Decoration of the Military Cross Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England that he is desirous of having Armorial Bearings granted and appointed unto him and duly recorded in Her Majesty’s College of Arms and hath requested the favour of His Grace’s Warrant for the granting and assigning of such Arms and Crest as are deemed suitable to be borne and used by him and his descendants with their due and proper differences and according to the Laws of Arms And Forasmuch as the said Earl Marshal did by Warrant under his hand and Seal bearing date the Tenth day of August 1994 authorise and direct Us to grant and assign such Arms and Crest accordingly Know Ye therefore the We the said Garter and Norroy and Ulster in pursuance of His Grace’s Warrant and by virtue of the Letters Patent of Our several Offices granted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty to each of Us respectively do by these Presents grant and assign unto the said IAN ALASTAIR ROBERTSON the Arms following that is to say:
– Azure a Shakefork between two Lightning Flashes in pile Or And for the Crest upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure Issuing from Flames proper a Phoenix Azure each wing charged with a Shakefork and holding in its beak a Lightning Flash Or Mantled Azure doubled Or
as are in the margin more plainly depicted to be borne and used for ever hereafter by him and his descendants with their due and proper differences and according to the Laws of Arms In Witness whereof We the said Garter and Norroy and Ulster have to the Presents subscribed Our names and affixed the Seals of Our several Offices this First day of May in the Forty-fourth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen Head of the Commonwealth Defender of the Faith and in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and ninety-five.
Conrad Swan – Garter J.P. Brooke-Little – Norroy and Ulster