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Vol. 3, No. 4, October 2001


Copyright (c) 2001 by Pegasus Associates Ltd and The Baronage Press



* A Welcome
* Afghanistan
* The blue lion
* Royal news
* Abolishing the monarchy
* Knightships !
* British Feudal Investments
* Gary Martin Beaver
* Communications


The purpose of this newsletter is to link regular BARONAGE readers to those articles in the magazine that might interest them, so in it you should find mention of the art, symbolism and meaning of heraldry, and, from time to time, of the history, politics, warfare, chivalry, nobility, books, cinema and other entertainment to which heraldry has thematic links.


The return of King Simeon II to Bulgaria may now be followed by that of Zahir Shah to Afghanistan. It is worth recollecting that, despite the reputation of his country as one in which warfare is continuous, his reign of forty years was distinguished by peace and growing prosperity until in 1973 he was exiled by a palace coup that replaced him with his cousin Daoud.

The years which followed saw the rise of the Communists, occupation by the Soviet Army, intertribal warfare, and then conquest and rule by the Pakistani-funded Taliban. If Zahir Shah is recalled, as appears to be the wish of both the Antiterrorist Coalition and the United Nations, it is hoped he will chair a governing council representing the seven principal tribal groupings in a manner similar to that of a western constitutional monarch.
A genealogical aspect worth noting, in the light of the terrorists' insistence that their terrible acts are justified as part of their war with Israel, is that Afghans (especially the Durani clans, which include the Pathans) claim descent from Kais, the chief of a Jewish settlement in the Ghor Mountains northwest of Kandahar. Kais, a contemporary of the Prophet, is recorded as 37th in descent from Saul, and the Durani clans are called Ben-i-Israel, the Children of Israel.
Muslims, too, have problems of a type much discussed in our pages. The ancient title of Sheikh was traditionally reserved for eminent Islamic scholars, but recent years have seen a rapid decline in its prestige as both rich men and extreme radicals have appropriated its use. As Islam has no central body supervising such matters, we may yet see it offered for sale on the Internet by the bogus "titles" merchants.
One genuine sheikh currently making a name for himself is Sheikh Muhammed Gemeaha. He spoke in New York on September 14th in praise of peace and love between all peoples, and then returned to Cairo where he gave an interview, for the Internet, in which he allocated responsibility for the September 11th atrocities to the Jews who hoped to turn Americans against Islam. As the Jews control the media, he said, the evidence has been covered up. (How can such inconsistency be explained in an eminent scholar?)
A currently contentious issue among the real sheikhs, the scholars, concerns the "virgins" awaiting the September 11th murderers in paradise. Some hold that the English translation of the word is correctly "angels", while others insist on the Prophet's promise that the smallest reward for a man in paradise is 8,000 servants and 72 wives. Good Muslim women, no matter how old, will be recreated as beautiful young virgins, but, even so, the ratios suggest that few men are expected to make it to paradise.
Chivalry in the 21st century continues to interest the editorial team. The subject is, of course, a wide one and in theory covers all aspects of the life of what was once known as "the knightly class", but to many it concerns principally men's attitude to women. In this respect the conduct of the Taliban in Afghanistan must be utterly condemned by all. Any who doubt this should read the letter from a brave Afghani woman published in The Sunday Telegraph.


The articles on the Bruce ancestry and the Louvain lion prompted correspondence among which a New Zealand reader's letter asked us to consider the contribution of the 1895 edition of Burke's Peerage. This story of the enforced choice between arms and surname may seem plausible to 21st-century eyes, but in the mid-12th century surnames were more readily changed than they are now, and arms could be far more important than is apparent today ~ so, if true, it was no big deal. (By 1906 the second of these two paragraphs had been dropped from Burke's, and by 1945 all but the first sentence of the first paragraph had disappeared also.)

Agnes de Percy married Joscelyn of Louvain, brother of Queen Adeliza, second wife of Henry I, and son of Godfrey Barbatus, Duke of Lower Brabant and Count of Brabant, who was descended from the Emperor Charlemagne. Her ladyship, it is stated, would only consent, however, to this great alliance upon condition that Joceline should adopt either the surname or arms of Percy; the former of which, according to the old family tradition, he accordingly assumed, and retained his own paternal coat in order to perpetuate his claim to the principality of his father, should the elder line of the reigning duke become extinct. The matter is thus stated in the old pedigree at Sion House: "The ancient arms of Hainault this Lord Jocelyn retained, and gave his children the surname of Percy."

The migration of this lion rampant is interesting. It was in the twelfth century the coat of arms of the King of Albania. Phillippe d'Alsace, the eldest son of Thierry d'Alsace, was Count of Flanders, sixteenth in succession, tracing his ancestry back to 621 A. D. The original and ancient coat of arms of the Counts of Flanders consisted of a small shield in the center of a larger one, with a sunburst of six rays. Phillippe d'Alsace reigned as Count of Flanders and Brabant from 1168 to 1190 A. D. He held an important command in two crusades to the Holy Land. During a battle in one of these crusades, he killed the King of Albania in a hand-to-hand conflict, and carried off this shield with its escutcheon of the lion rampant, which Phillippe transferred to his own shield and took as his own coat of arms, and it has been since that time the coat of arms of the Counts of Flanders and Brabant.
We shall look in detail at this legend in a future issue of the magazine.


With our recent note on Maxima Zorreguieta, future wife of Crown Prince Alexander of the Netherlands, we produced a picture of her father's arms as used in Argentina. Two of our readers have written to inform us that these are the arms of the Basque region in Spain with the addition of the letter Z overall. The Argentine Zorreguieta family is Basque in origin.

arms of Zorreguieta
Princess Mathilde, wife of Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium, has given birth to a girl, Princess Elisabeth. Until 1991 when the law was amended, only men could succeed to the Belgian throne, but now not only can women succeed, as in Britain, but, unlike Britain, age determines precedence among all siblings. This means that Elisabeth may become queen even if she will have younger brothers.
Princess Margarita, daughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos de Bourbon-Parma, erstwhile Pretender to the Spanish throne, has married "Baron" Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn. The reputed reason for the absence from the ceremony of the bride's father, and of most members of the Dutch royal family, was the bridegroom's use of a bogus title. The noble families of the Netherlands are listed in an annual publication, so, as in Britain, fake titles are easily recognised and their users then deeply embarrassed - verbum sat sapienti.


We received the following letter -

"A chance Portuguese acquaintance recently told me that he believed that in the event the English monarch abolished the monarchy then the address to Parliament so doing would be made in the French language. Can you please advise if this is true, and if so, why?"

....... to which we replied -

"The Monarch alone does not have the power to abolish the monarchy. If it could be done, then it would have to be done by Parliament (Parliament being the combination of both Houses and the Monarch). Assuming that this was done, then the usual procedure for obtaining the Monarch's assent would be applied. The fact that Norman French is used for this (the Queen says "La Reine le veult" or, if she refuses, which has never happened, then "La Reine s'avisera") may be the basis of the idea put to you by your Portuguese acquaintance."
Can any reader suggest another reason why the monarch would make a farewell address in French?


A new variant of the "titles" scams has appeared ~ the knightship. There is, of course, no such word in the English language, and the sales documentation cheerfully admits that a knightship is not a knighthood. However, it is said to be hereditary (why not?) and, the paperwork claims ~ "This is a rare chance to gain a British Knightship title, which legally entitles you to be known as 'Sir' or 'Dame' and add this title before your name." Naturally, there is no such legal entitlement.

We shall examine this new racket in the next issue of the magazine. For the present we shall merely note that there is no such person as Lord Charles Buchanan Turnor of East Barkwith, on whose behalf the knightships are offered for sale, that Lady Hortense Buchanan Llewellyn Barkwith, the "Lady of the Arrow", is similarly unknown to the peerage directories, and that the claim of a knightship having reached £25,000 at auction is highly suspect.


The most successful of the bogus "titles" merchants is probably Antony Adolfo Boada (aka Antony Boada Cartaya, aka Antony, Baron of Chafford, aka Marquis of Alessio, aka Prince of Lusignan, Ambassador at Large of the Republic of Liberia, etc). Correspondents tell us that his website is most impressive. He claims to be a peerage lawyer, which he is not (for a peerage lawyer is one who prepares cases to be considered by the Committee for Privileges in the House of Lords, a place in which he would dare not appear).

Of the letters written to us questioning the bona fides of the "titles" merchants we receive more about Boada than about anyone else, and this is reflected in many of the answers appearing in our FAQs. We suspect now that our modest attempt to warn his potential victims may be making headway, for he has published on his site an extensive catalogue of charges against the Baronage editor. The degree of hysteria these charges exhibit suggests that the fear of diminished income is driving him towards lunacy.
Readers will find among the accusations the charge that Baronage has stolen from its readers £2-3million, that it is currently under "Criminal Indictment", that it is being investigated by the FBI and Interpol, that its editor is being extradited, and that it is currently being sued by British Feudal Investments (from whose lawyers we have heard nothing). Boada helpfully provides a link to the website of Gary Martin Beaver, whose most recent charge against the Baronage Editor, based on either fictitious or faked e-mails, is of paedophilia.


The Templar organisation which accepted Beaver (Order of the Sword, etc) as a member last year, and which he ruthlessly exploited to publicise his own activities and his rival website, has expelled him. A notice to this effect is at -


A High Court writ has been issued against Beaver, but the court bailiff has so far failed to find him. At every British address associated with him there has been no sign of his recent presence. We are aware that two or three of our readers know him personally. If any one of them knows where he might be found, we at Baronage would be most grateful for the address. The sooner we have him in court to answer libel charges, the happier life will be for all of us.


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