Heraldry Certificate

To All and Sundry whom these presents do or may concern, We, George Burnett Esquire, Advocate, Lyon King of Arms send Greeting: Whereas JAMES GILLESPIE GORDON of Clifton, in the Province of Hawkesbay [Hawke’s Bay] New Zealand, Esquire, sometime Merchant at Benares in India, and at present residing at Monkrigg near Haddington, hath by Petition of date the thirteenth day of February current Represented unto Us, that he is only surviving son and heir of the deceased Thomas Gordon of Clouden Bank, Merchant in Dumfries, by Agnes Kirkpatrick his wife; that the said Thomas Gordon was eldest son of the late John Gordon (described as “of Newbridge” in an instrument of Sasine dated the fifteenth day of January 1788 registered at Dumfries the eighteenth day of February of the same year, following upon a Disposition and Assignation by him of the lands of Pielstown in the parish of Glencairn) by Sarah Wallace or Walker his wife, widow of William Walker of Nunwoodhead; that the said John Gordon who died in the year 1804 at an advanced age is believed to have been descended from the family of Lochinvar; and that the said Agnes Kirkpatrick the Petitioner’s mother was daughter of William Kirkpatrick merchant in and long one of the Magistrates of Dumfries by Henrietta his wife only daughter of Robert Kirkpatrick of Glenkiln and Henrietta Gillespie of Craigshields his wife: and Whereas the said Petitioner hath Prayed that We would Grant Our License and Authority to him and to his descendants GB and to the other descendants of his said grandfather L? to bear and use such Ensigns Armorial as might be found suitable and according to the Laws of Arms: Know ye therefore that We have devised, and do by these presents Assign, Ratify and Confirm to the said James Gillespie Gordon Esquire, and to his descendants GB and to L? GB the other descendants of his said grandfather L? with such congruent differences as may hereafter be matriculated for them, the following Ensigns Armorial, as depicted upon the margin hereof, and Matriculated of even date with these presents in Our public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland: vizt., Azure, a Bend wavy Argent between three Boar’s Heads erased Or armed and langued Gules., Above the Shield is placed a Helmet befitting his Degree, with a Mantling Gules doubled Argent, and on a Wreath of his Liveries is set for Crest, a Boar’s Head as in the Arms, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto, “MANEO.” In Testimony Whereof these presents are subscribed by Us, and the Seal of Our Office is appended hereunto, At Edinburgh the twenty seventh day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy four.
George Burnett

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27 February 1874

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