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An Online Newsletter from The Baronage Press
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Vol. 5, No. 3, September-October 2003


Copyright (c) 2003 by Pegasus Associates Ltd and The Baronage Press



* A Welcome
* Advertisements
* A BBC Feature
* The Property Portfolio
* Recent Articles
* Legal Actions
* Hiroshima
* “Prince Michael of Albany”
* Abolishing the Crown
* The Apostrophe Protection Society
* Estoile’s Scrapbook
* A Note to Correspondents
* 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.

Pressure of events has continued to squeeze our publishing programme and we are well behind schedule. We apologise for this. We hope to return to normal operations soon.


The introduction of Google advertisements to our pages produced a reaction we had not expected. Some readers wrote in from the perspective that they owned Baronage and that the editorial staff were only custodians. From their view the purity of our pages had been violated, and it would be preferable, it was suggested, to pay for a subscription and to eliminate all advertisements.

We are in our eighth year of operation and we should like Baronage to begin to earn a little revenue to contribute to its costs. The arrangement with Google produces advertisements that are not too intrusive and allows us some control over what is accepted. We cannot eliminate immediately all the inappropriate candidates, for they must first be identified before being blocked by the filters, but readers can rest assured that a watch is maintained.
Occasionally a few scam merchants and bucket shops will appear and avoid the checks for a little while. We do not object if readers click on them and find out exactly how their sales pitches exploit the Internet’s vulnerability (and, of course, every time a reader clicks an advertisement Baronage earns revenue). A knowledge of how the enemy operates will help our readers persuade their friends and acquaintances to steer clear of the temptations they offer.
So Google’s advertisements are here for a year’s trial. We hope that all our readers will welcome them and, with a click, check out what they offer. For us their success and the revenues earned may be an essential component of our future.

We have been asked again to publish the following announcement -
Have you ever been sold a “noble” title? I work as a researcher for BBC television, and I should like to hear your story. I am collecting background information for a television feature about fake titles. Anything you tell me would be used for research purposes only and would be treated with confidence. Please e-mail me - lucy.smickersgill@bbc.co.uk
The BBC would be interested also in hearing the views of -

Antonio Adolfo Boada Cartaya of BFI
Gary Martin Beaver of The Most Noble Order of the Sword
Graham Fothergill of Manor Titles
Paul Dunkley of Noble Titles
Ger von Staetten of GVS Consult Inc.
Stephen J. Scott of Regal Titles
Douglas Henderson of Peerage Conferred
Robert Farmer of English Feudal Titles
Sarah Helen Leeder of Elite Titles
Jason Earl Lee of the “Barony of Jamnia”
His Holiness Mathias Mar Yusef, Patriarch of the Apostolic Orthodox Church
plus the proprietors of -
Sovereign Classics
Prestige Titles
The PT Club
Vista International Success Agency

As our FAQs state explicitly, The Baronage Press does not buy or sell titles, not even legitimate ones. However, in response to several requests, we have decided to publish a Property Portfolio in which we shall feature a selection of genuine British manorial titles and Scottish baronies that are for sale and which interest us from the historical or heraldic perspective. We began with the Manor of Stanbury in England and the Barony of MacDonald on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and continued with the Lordship of Leslie and Earldom of Rothes. (Lordships and earldoms are baronies of a higher degree.) We have now added the Barony of Coldingknowes, for long a focus of Border warfare.
If any property agent or auction house has a property with especially interesting historical or heraldic connections we shall be pleased to consider writing about it in this section. (If possible, photographs should be submitted in JPEG format, although of course we can convert prints.)


Since the previous newsletter we have added three articles to the May-August pages ~ another folio of arms from the 14th century, comments on the unicorn, and another chapter on differencing.


Victims are putting some substantial effort into the pursuit of Alfonso Adolfo Boada Cartaya, the bogus “peerage lawyer”, and Roger Pitts-Tucker (who acts for him in London and supplies the apostilles that the infamous British Feudal Investments passes off as “recognition” by “Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs” of the fake titles they sell).

The affairs of Roger Pitts-Tucker are now, it is reported, being examined by the Law Society, English Law’s disciplinary body, and the FBI is at last taking an interest in Boada Cartaya, “Prince of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem”, “Duke de Lusignan”, “Marquis d’Alessio”, “Lord Chafford”, et al. The FBI is being advised directly one of Boada Cartaya’s victims.
The FBI has a minimum level of fraud below which it will not take action, but efforts are being made to recruit victims willing to reveal how much money was cheated from them. Their names will not be revealed in court, because the FBI case is based entirely on the defrauding of one alone, but their testimony is essential to accumulate the sum necessary to trigger the FBI action.
Readers new to this saga of Internet fraud will enjoy a visit to ~



The great British weekly journal THE SPECTATOR employs a columnist who makes no secret of his love for all things Japanese. Three weeks ago he wrote:The Japanese had to go to war, and, had they caught the two aircraft carriers which were out cruising during their attack on Pearl Harbour, they could have managed a draw. (Wishful thinking.)

He is, of course, entitled to his views and his wishful thinking if that is the way in which his mind works. He is not, however, entitled to state “. . . . . Truman ended up dropping two atomic bombs on the unarmed population of Hiroshima . . . . .” when that population was most certainly not unarmed. A report on Hiroshima written by a Prisoner of War who was in Japan when the two bombs dropped presents an eye-witness picture that is quite different.


We continue to receive enquiries about “Prince Michael of Albany”, Pretender to the Scottish throne, and the validity of the information on his website. There is much that can be said ~ that the quality of the text is poor, that a substantial proportion of the artwork breaches the copyright of its originators, that the royal arms wrongfully appearing on the “Court Circular” page has the double tressure in the first quarter flory instead of flory-counterflory, and that it is all pretentious nonsense.

However, to keep our answers as brief as possible, we point to the work done by others to expose this audacious trickster. Credit goes to Sean Murphy of the Centre for Irish Genealogical and Historical Studies who demonstrated that the recent birth and marriage certificates used to support the false claims were both forgeries, and Noel S. McFerran of the Royal Stuart Society who exposed the forgeries in the early lineage,


We monitor threats to the institution of Monarchy, and were saddened to learn that Air France (or, more probably, the politicians that dictate policy there) will insist on KLM removing the crown from its logo when the two airlines merge their operations.

Well, it’s not so much a merger ~ it’s more a takeover, which is why French anti-monarchist sentiment has succeeded in removing the obvious symbolism of royalty while allowing the three famous letters, KLM, to remain. The Koninklijke Luchtmaatschaapij (Royal Dutch Airlines) was the first airline in the world to operate an international scheduled service, and has always borne its royal connection with pride. It is sad to see it taken over, and sadder still to see republicanism win such an easy victory.


One characteristic all the scam sites seems to share, in addition to their intent to defraud their victims, is illiterate writing that shows little understanding of syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation and, in some cases, even the meaning of the words they use.

Outstanding amid all this ignorance is the abuse of the apostrophe, and in this the prime example is the confusion between the possessive pronoun “its” and the abbreviation “it’s”. Whatever excuse there has been for this ~ truancy, or sleep, or just carelessness ~ there will be none in future, for THE APOSTROPHE PROTECTION SOCIETY has been formed and has a presence on the Web.
The Society was actually founded two years ago, but it appears to have done little to promote itself since. Its founder, John Richards, hoped to find a few supporters for his initiative, but, he says, “I didn’t find half a dozen people.  Instead, within a month of my plaint appearing in a national newspaper, I received over 500 letters of support, not only from all corners of the United Kingdom, but also from America, Australia, France, Sweden, Hong Kong and Canada!”
Perhaps this notice will find him a few more. We wish him and all the members of his Society a huge success.

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A page from Estoile’s Scrapbook

( A fanfare of trumpets )

The appearance of Coldingknowes in the Property Portfolio brought to mind its connection with Earlston, a mile away, a barony of which it had once been a part. This in turn prompted the memory of Thomas the Rhymer, the seer and minstrel known as Thomas of Ercildoune (as Earlston was once spelt). His surname was Learmonth, and there are occasional mentions of him as Thomas Learmonth in early writings.
Thomas earned a reputation as a minstrel, but his principal claim to fame is based on what might have been considered his middle age if he had ever reached old age. While he was asleep one afternoon in a nearby beauty spot, Huntliebank, he was kidnapped by the Queen of Elfland and was absent from human sight for seven years.
When he returned, a little fatigued perhaps but looking no older, he brought with him the Queen’s curse, the inability to tell an untruth.
The deal was this. Thomas, despite the bliss, pined for his home so much that eventually the Queen let him leave ~ but with the understanding that when she called he would return, and that while he was away he would not get involved in politics (hence the curse: it was her insurance).
The magic he had learned during the seven years, plus the inability to lie, gave Thomas the powers of a seer, and he very quickly acquired a reputation similar to that later possessed by the Frenchman, Nostradamus. He predicted the tragic death of Alexander III, the triumph of Robert the Bruce, the disaster of Flodden, and produced a host of minor prophecies concerned with local affairs. Then the Queen summoned him to her bed, and he was seen by mortal eyes no more.
Some claim that if Scotland should ever encounter grave danger he will return, but few believe this, judging it a confusion with the story of Arthur. However, as to the rest of the story ~ that is obviously true, and the proof lies in the fact that in 1722 Alexander Nisbet published the Rhymer’s arms (see above right): Or on a chevron Sable three mascles of the First.


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