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An Online Newsletter from The Baronage Press
featuring Heraldry and related subjects

Vol. 3, No. 5, November 2001


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



* A Welcome
* Rudyard Kipling
* Heraldry
* FAQs
* "Titles"
* A Page from Estoile's Scrapbook
* 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.

As some readers know, and as others will have surmised, pressure of events has diverted resources and led to a certain tardiness in the production of both the current issue of the magazine and this newsletter (which ought to have appeared in November). We apologise, trusting that in 2002 we shall return to our normal speed.

Our publication of Kipling's Recessional in the last issue of the magazine prompted comment, all favourable and worth consideration. The poem obviously touched a chord in many of our readers, and this persuaded us to publish another that seems to us as relevant to our current troubles as the first.
It is "The White Men", but this title and the use of the phrase has no intended relevance to inter-racial conflict of the type occasionally experienced in our own countries. Rather it is a term for the Euro-American pioneering stock that contributed so much to the developing world -- and were so resented for it.
The relevance of the poem today is that as once again Euro-American fighting men are venturing forth armed with rifles and food and ideas of a better world in an honest attempt to combat the forces of reactionary evil, their reward will once again be the resentment of those they serve and the criticism of the liberal commentators whose prejudices they offend.

Rudyard Kipling's message a hundred years ago is now for all of us.

The five heraldic articles in this issue of the magazine all belong to series begun in previous issues. Notable heraldic art is shown in the representation of the arms of the late Princess of Wales as borne before her divorce. Classical heraldry continues the arms of mediaeval knights illustrated by Graham Johnstone a hundred years ago.
Chapter Four of the series on cadency illustrates differencing by changing charges, an unsatisfactory practice that did not survive the Middle Ages. The Clan Badges section, instead of adding another ten crestbadges to the collection, discusses the correct use of colour in crestbadges. Curiosity Corner features the Harpy - half ugly woman, half hungry vulture.


Another page has been added of frequently asked questions and their answers.


Rather more than the usual amount of space has been allotted to the "titles" merchants in this issue, prompted in part by the growing numbers of letters we receive on the subject. However, by tackling the matter on a broad front we hope to answer as many questions as possible in a permanent form and thus to clear space in the future for more heraldry.

Under the heading of Manorial Lordships we have published a page of advice prepared by The Manorial Society of Great Britain (which is wholly unrelated to the Manorial Society of England, an association that appears to welcome the holders of bogus titles).
The article on "Knightships" explains a new method of exploiting the market for "honours" ~ in this case offering what seems to be an imitation of an hereditary knighthood with the assurance that part of the fee to be paid will go to charity.
The number of questions about the availability of French titles has surprised us. These appear to be prompted by publicity asserting that the purchase of a title in France makes the purchaser noble ~ which is a misunderstanding of the nature of French nobility. We have published the basic facts potential buyers should know.
A reader who recently bought a Scottish feudal barony has written to the Editor offering advice to other potential buyers. We print his letter in full.

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A page from Estoile's Scrapbook

( A fanfare of trumpets )

In June 1929 THE TIMES, the famous London newspaper, published an editorial article that might with equal topicality have been written today. CLICK HERE.


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