Grant of Arms to Oliver Beckett of Queen Square, Esquire, 1777
To ALL AND SINGULAR to whom these presents shall come Thomas Browne Esquire Garter Principal King of Arms and Ralph Bigland Esquire Clarenceux King of Arms of the South East and West parts of England from the River Trent Southward send greeting. Whereas Oliver Beckett of Queen's Square in the Parish of St. George the Martyr in the County of Middlesex Esquire son and heir of Thomas Beckett of Park Side in the Parish of Tatham in the County Palatine of Lancaster Gent. who was son of Oliver Beckett of the same place Gent, representing to the Right Honourable Richard Earl of Scarborough Deputy with the Royal approbation to the Most Noble Edward Duke of Norfolk Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England that his Family hath antiently borne for Arms the Coat of Beckett of Littleton in Wiltshire as appears by sundry evidences now in his possession but not being able at this time to connect himself with that family he requests his Lordship's Warrant for our confirming and exemplifying to him and his descendants the same Arms with a Crest and such alterations as may he necessary. And his Lordship by Warrant under his Hand and Seal bearing date the fourteenth Day of June last authorized and directed Us to grant confirm and exemplify such Arms and Crest accordingly. We therefore the said Garter and Clarenceux in pursuance of the consent of the said Earl of Scarborough and by virtue of the Letters Patent of our several Offices to each of Us respectively granted under the Great Seal of Great Britain do by these Presents Grant confirm and exemplify to the said Oliver Beckett the Arms following that is to say Erminois on a Chevron between three Lions' Heads erased Gules a Fleur de Lis and two Annulets Or. And for the Crest on a 'Wreath of the colours A dexter Arm embowed in Armour about the elbow a Wreath Or and Azure in the hand proper a Baton Gold as the same are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted. To be borne and used for ever hereafter by Him the said Oliver Beckett Esquire and his Descendants with their due and proper Differences according to the Laws of Arms without the Let or Interruption of any Person or Persons whatsoever. In witness whereof We the said Garter and Clarenceux King of Arms have to these Presents subscribed our Names and affixed the Seals of our several Offices this third day of July in the seventeenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God King of Great Britain France and Ireland Defender of the Faith etc. and in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-seven.