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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

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Badges and Devices

The 'S Saxon Barton's Boar emblem
S Saxon Barton's
Boar emblem.
A company, society or institution normally uses a single logo as a branding device. The Richard III Society, however, has a number of devices at its disposal and which it uses in its publications, letter headings, on merchandise, and on this website.

The boar emblem was used as part of The Fellowship of the White Boar’s letterhead from the 1930s to 1956. It was designed and drawn by the Society’s founder, Dr S Saxon Barton.


The Society's Grant of Arms

The Grant was made by the College of Arms in 1989. The culmination of the grant was the formal presentation of the Letters Patent to the Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, at the College of Arms on 27 June 1989 by Sir Colin Cole, Garter Principal King of Arms, and Mr John Brooke-Little, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms.

The Grant was made possible by a legacy left for the purpose by Lawrence Greensmith, a member of the Society who had died in 1986 and who contributed a long-running series to The Ricardian on coats of arms.

The Society feels the granting of the arms is particularly appropriate as the College of Arms was founded by King Richard III in 1484.

The Letters Patent displayed the Full Achievement of Arms, which consist of the Shield, Supporters, Crest, Helm and Motto, as well as the Heraldic Badge and Standard.

In addition to these shown below, several of the Society's Branches and Groups have created their own logos or devices.


The 'Armorial Bearings' or 'Full Achievement'

The Armorial Bearings or Full Achievement
The Armorial Bearings or Full Achievement
The white boar with its left hoof placed on the globe represents the worldwide membership of the Society.

The shield shows two crowned roses - the white rose badge was used by some members of the House of York.

For those interested in blazoning, the description of the Full Achievement in heraldic terminology is as follows: Gules a two towered castle argent, in chief two Yorkist roses each surmounted by a crown. The crest a boar argent armed, bristled and unguled or, langued gules, left hoof on a globe, right holding a banner of St George. Mantling murrey and blue, motto Loyalty.


The Society's Badge

The Society's Badge
The Society's Badge

This badge was granted with the arms. A heraldic badge may be used by followers of the badge's owner and the Society's badge has been used as the design for Society artefacts such as pendants and brooches.

The boar is depicted as a boar argent, armed, bristled and unguled or, langued gules, within a tressure or fleury.


The Society's Standard

The Society's Standard
The Society's Standard

This was granted at the same time and appears on the Letters Patent and can be used when the Society is present on a battlefield, but its more common use would be for it to be displayed at the AGM! In reality the Society does not have an actual standard it can fly.


Badges of Office

President' badge of Office
President's badge of Office

Inspired by the badges and collars used by such organisations as the Livery Companies, the President and Chairman felt it was appropriate to commission, in 2004, badges for the Patron, President and Chairman. The design was based on the Full Achievement of the Society and the cost born by the Vice Presidents. The work was carried out by a Yorkshire silversmith and the badges were struck in silver gilt.

Pins were also designed and produced for the Society's Vice Presidents.


The Arms of Richard III

The Arms of Richard III
The Arms of Richard III
now at the King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester.
The arms, which represent the king's Full Achievement, were carved by Richard Epsom and presented to Crosby Hall in 1983. Crosby Hall, originally built in 1466 in Bishopsgate, was the London home of Richard, then Duke of Gloucester, when he visited the capital. In 1910 it was dismantled and rebuilt in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, ironically on land once owned by Richard's hostile Tudor biographer, Sir Thomas More.

When the Hall was sold into private ownership, the arms were transferred to Warwick Castle, and more recently have been displayed on the Tithe Barn at Bosworth Battlefield & Heritage Centre. They are currently on display in the cafe of the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester.


Loyaulte me Lie Boar Emblem

Loyaulte me Lie Boar Badge
Loyaulte me Lie Boar Emblem

This was one of the earliest emblems used by the Society after its re-founding in 1956. It was drawn for the Society by a freelance heraldic artist named Royman Browne. The wording on the scroll underneath the turf and boar is taken from a document in the British Library and is in King Richard's own hand.

The badge is used on the cover of the Society's journal, The Ricardian.


The 50th Anniversary Logo

The 50th Anniversary Logo
In 2006 the Society celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the re-founding of the Fellowship of the White Boar. The Fellowship, founded in 1924, had declined with the onset of the Second World War but an avid supporter of Richard III, Isolde Wigram, contacted the founder, S Saxon Barton, and together they reconstituted the Fellowship which became known as the Richard III Society in 1959.

Designed by Geoffrey Wheeler. It was used in 2006 on the cover of the Society's magazine, the Ricardian Bulletin, for that year.


The Crested Image of King Richard III by Andrew Jamieson

The Crested Image of King Richard III
The Crested Image of King Richard III
by Andrew Jamieson
Richard III is mounted on his horse, armoured as a warrior, but holding a sceptre denoting his kingship. His armorial bearings are shown on the horse trappings and in his banner, while his crowned shield is surrounded by the Garter. Alongside him runs his white boar, while the grass is powdered with forget-me-nots, white roses for York and broom flowers and pods for the Plantagenets.

Andrew is Her Majesty the Queen's Official Scribe and Illuminator and in 2013 he was commissioned by the Society to create a piece of artwork in anticipation of the Society's 2014 celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of its precursor – Fellowship of the White Boar – in 1924.

It is already featured in a range of merchandise.


About 'Grants of Arms'

A Grant of Arms is distinguished from both a Confirmation of Arms and a Registration of Arms. A grant of arms confers a new right, whereas a confirmation of arms confirms an existing right; and a registration of arms is a record which does not purport to create or confirm any legal right.

A grant of arms is typically contained in letters patent which provide self-contained proof – upon production of the letters patent – of the right conferred. A modern English grant of arms, for example, from officers of the College of Arms in London, will begin with the words 'To all and singular to whom these presents shall come …", thereby showing that it is addressed to anyone in the world to whom it may be presented.

This is the text of the letter requesting the Grant of Arms, addressed to the Duke of Norfolk KG., GCVO., CB., CBE., MC. Earl Marshall and Hereditary Marshall of England, from the Society's former chairman, Jeremy Potter.

My Lord Duke,

I have the honour to represent unto Your Grace that the Richard III Society of which HRH The Duke of Gloucester is Patron was established in the year 1924 as the Fellowship of the White Boar; That the name was changed to the Richard III Society on the second day of October 1959; That the aims of the Society are the advancement of historical research and education for the public benefit with particular reference to the life and times of King Richard III and related matters of fact and opinion and to further a reassessment of the material relating to the role of this monarch in English history and to the period in which be lived; That the government and management of the concerns of the Society are vested in a Committee which Committee being desirous of having Armorial Ensigns duly assigned unto it by lawful authority has required me as Chairman of the said Committee and on its behalf to request the favour of Your Grace's Warrant to the Kings of Arms for their granting and assigning such Arms and Crest and in the same Patent such Device or Badge as they may think fit and proper to be borne and used by the Richard III Society on seals or otherwise the whole according to the usages and laws of Arms.
I have the honour to be,
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's Obedient Servant

signed: Jeremy Potter