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DescriptionThis heraldic bookplate is printed on cream paper with dark brown ink, and consists of an escutcheon, sable (black), charged with three church bells, two over one. Above the escutcheon is a helmet at three quarters profile in esquire form, with mantling radiating from it. Above the helmet is a straight wreath crested by the head of a lion in profile. Below the crest is a banner, with Latin motto within.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 4.5 x 5.7 cm
TypeStill Image
NotesThis motto is traditionally associated with the Porter family, and this crest with the Porters of Weary Hall, co. Cumberland and of The Close, co. Cumberland. The porters of The Close appear to be descended from those of Weary Hall, and those of Weary Hall themselves are a younger branch of the Allerby Porters. This bookplate is nearly identical to another in the Murray Collection, BP MUR SL P P678, which likely belonged to a John Bonsall Porter. However, these two bookplates were not near each other in Thomas Murray's original arrangement, so context cannot help tie them together.
1) Burke, Bernard. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time. London: Harrison & Sons, 1884. Accessed at p. 815.
2) Mair, James Allen, ed. Proverbs and Family mottoes with the Names of the Families by Whom They are Adopted. London: G. Routledge, 1891. Accessed at p. 187.
Access IdentifierBP MUR SL P P67857
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_SL_P_P67857
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Alexander Binder. BP MUR SL P P67857
Date Available2013
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranslationBy vigilance and valour.
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