Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wimbledon

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Congratulations to Andy Murray on his win of the championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (more commonly known as Wimbledon). The first British man to win since 1936. Of course the AELTC has a coat of arms and a badge, which is more frequently used as a kind of “logo” granted under Garter Colin Cole in 1992. It is England, after all! The arms and badge are pictured above and the entire Letters Patent of the grant of arms is below.

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Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco RIP

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The Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco (August 1, 1927-July 2, 2013) who served as Third Bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania from 1987-2004 has passed away. He was the bishop who installed me in the Ministry of Acolyte on my way to the priesthood. His coat of arms with the distinctive single charge of an oak tree as an allusion to the name “Bosco” was designed by the late Prof. Géza Grosschmid, who was my mentor in heraldry, and emblazoned by none other than the late (great) Abp. Bruno B. Heim. In fact, the bishop’s personal arms were used by Heim as part of the cover art for his seminal work, “Heraldry In The Catholic Church” (1978). Bishop Bosco purposely didn’t use a galero in his coat of arms and preferred to use the one external ornament that is exclusive to and truly indicates the coat of arms of a bishop. Namely, the episcopal cross. May he rest in peace.

Armigerous Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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Thanks to the fine research and work of Mr. Joseph McMillan of the American Heraldry Society we know what the coats of arms of those armigerous (i.e. bearing a coat of arms) signers of the Declaration of Independence are. So much for the erroneous idea that heraldry is pointless and foreign in American culture. If you wish to see a key identifying them you can view it at the website of the American Heraldry Society.