Grant of Arms to John Elish Tupper, 1826
To all and singular to whom these Presents shall come, Sir George Nayler, Knight, Garter Principal King of Arms, and Ralph Bigland, Esq., Clarenceux King of Arms, of the South, East, and West parts of England, from the River Trent Southwards, send greeting. Whereas John Elisha Tupper, of the Cotils, in the Island of Guernsey, Esquire, third but now eldest surviving son of Elisha Tupper, of the said Island of Guernsey, Esquire, deceased, by Margaret his wife, sole daughter and heir of John Tupper, of the said Island, Esquire, and grandson of Daniel Tupper, also of the Island of Guernsey, Esquire, deceased, hath by his Memorial represented unto the Most Noble Bernard Edward, Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England, that his Ancestor John Tupper settled in the Island of Guernsey in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, where he intermarried with Mary Pelley, as appears by documentary evidence in the possession of his family. That his great-grandfather John Tupper, of the said Island of Guernsey, Esquire, in his passage from Guernsey to England in the month of May, 1692, fell in with the French Fleet, commanded by Admiral Tourville, and proceeding immediately to Spithead, gave such information thereon to Admiral Russell as led to the memorable battle fought off La Hogue on the 21st of the same month, for which service Their Majesties King William and Queen Mary were pleased to honour him with a Gold Medal struck to commemorate that event, and a Gold Chain, which are now in the possession of the heir male and descendant of the said John Tripper, his the Memorialist's nephew, Elisha Tupper, now of Hauteville in the said Island, Esquire. That the Memorialist and his ancestors have borne for Armorial Ensigns Azure on a Fess between three Boars passant Or as many Escallops Gules and for Crest a Greyhound Sable, which said Armorial Ensigns not appearing upon an examination of the Records of the College of Arms to have ever been duly registered to his Family, he is desirous of having the said Arms and Crest now recorded, together with his Family Pedigree, in the College of Arms, and to preserve in the said Armorial Ensigns an allusion to the services of his said great-grandfather before mentioned, and that the same may be borne by him and his descendants, by the other descendants of his said grandfather, Daniel Tupper, and to be placed on any monument or otherwise to the memory of his said mother (whose father, John Tupper, was a younger brother of the said Daniel Tupper), and to be borne by her descendants. He therefore requested the favour of His Grace's Warrant for our devising, granting, and confirming to him such Arms and Crest as may be proper, to be borne by him and his descendants, by the other descendants of his grandfather, the said Daniel Tupper, and to be placed on any monument or otherwise to the memory of his mother, the said Margaret Tupper, and to be borne by her descendants,the whole according to the Laws of Arms. And forasmuch as the said Earl Marshal did by Warrant under his hand and seal, bearing date the tenth day of April instant, authorize and direct us to devise, grant, and confirm such Arms and Crest accordingly, Know ye therefore that we the said Garter and Clarenceux, in pursuance of His Grace's Warrant and by virtue of the Letters Patent of our several offices to each of us respectively granted under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, have devised and by these Presents do grant and confirm unto the said John Elisha Tupper the Arms following, that is to say:Azure, on a Fess ingrailed between three Boars passant Or, as many Escallops Gules, a Canton Ermine, thereon pendent from a Chain a Medal bearing the Profiles of King William and Queen Mary, Gold (the said Medal and Chain being intended to represent that struck to commemorate the Battle fought off La Hogue on the 21st day of May, 1692, and presented by Their said Majesties to the said John Tupper for his services as aforesaid). And for Crest, on a Wreath of the Colours a Mount Vert, thereon a Greyhound passant Ermine, charged on the shoulder with a Slip of Oak fructed proper, the dexter fore-paw resting on an Inescocheon Azure, charged with a Medal pendent from a Chain as in the Arms, as the same are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted. To be borne and used for ever hereafter by him, the said John Elisha Tupper, and his descendants, by the other descendants of his grandfather, the said Daniel Tupper, and to be placed on any monument or otherwise to the memory of his mother, the said Margaret Tupper, and to be borne by her descendants,the whole according to the Laws of Arms. In witness whereof we the said Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms have to these Presents subscribed our names and affixed the seals of our several offices this twenty-fourth day of April, in the Seventh year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc., and in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty-six.
Garter Principal King of Arms
Clarenceux King of Arms.
I do hereby certify that the foregoing is faithfully extracted from the Records of the College of Arms, London.
ALBERT W. WOODS, Lancaster Herald.
23rd February, 1842.