Monday, April 10, 2017

Heraldry in the Choir Stalls of the Memorial Chapel, Glasgow University, Part 2

Continuing our review of the heraldry of the University Chancellors in the choir stalls of the Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow, today we're going to look at the ones on the left-hand side as you face the altar.

As usual, you should be able to click on any of the pictures to see a larger version.

Here's an overview shot of those stalls:

This time we will be going in order of oldest to newest from right to left, the older ones being closer to the altar.

At at the far (right) end, we have:
     Alexander Burnet (1664, and again in 1674): Argent a cross paty gules between three holly leaves vert a chief azure.
     Robert Leighton (1671): Argent a lion rampant gules.

Next, we find the arms of:
     Arthur Ross (1679): Or a chevron checky sable and argent between three water bougets sable in chief a rose slipped and leaved gules.
     Alexander Cairncross (1684): Argent stag’s head erased and between the attires a cross crosslet fitchy surmounted on the top with a mullet all gules.
     John Paterson (1687): Argent in nests vert three pelicans feeding their young or on a chief azure three mullets pierced argent.

Continuing down the aisle away from the altar, we see:
     John Carmichael, 1st Earl of Hyndford (1692): Argent a fess wreathed azure and gules.
     James Graham, 1st Duke of Montrose (1714); William Graham, 2nd Duke of Montrose (1743); James Graham, 3rd Duke of Monstrose (1781); and James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose (1837): Quarterly: 1 and 4, Or on a chief sable three escallops or; 2 and 3, Argent three roses gules barbed and seeded proper.
     Sir William Stirling Maxwell, 9th Baronet (1876): Argent on a chevron sable an annulet or gemmed azure. This is another coat which I have been unable to confirm in other sources. Burke's Peerage gives for the arms of Stirling-Maxwell of Pollok, including the 9th Baronet Sir William, Argent on a saltire sable an annulet or stoned azure. Is the chevron here an error for a saltire? (That would be my guess, but what do I know?)

Moving along, we find the following arms:
     Walter Francis Montagu-Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry (1879): Or on a bend azure a mullet of six points between two crescents or.
     John Hamilton Dalrymple, 10th Earl of Stair (1885): Or on a saltire azure nine lozenges or.
     Sir William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs (1904): Argent a stag’s head cabossed gules on a chief azure a thunderbolt proper winged or between two spur rowels argent.

Next, we have:
     Sir Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery and 1st Earl of Midlothian (1908): Quarterly: 1 and 4, Vert three primroses within a double tressure flory counter-flory or; 2 and 3, Argent a lion rampant double-queued sable.
     Sir Donald MacAlister, 1st Baronet (1930): Quarterly: 1, Argent a lion rampant gules armed and langued azure; 2, Or a cubit arm fesswise vested argent maintaining a cross crosslet fitchy gules; 3, Or a lymphad oars crossed in saltire sable pennants flying gules; 4, Per fess azure and barry wavy argent and azure issuant from the line of division a castle atop a mount proper.
     Sir Daniel Macaulay Stevenson (1934): Argent a chevron between two fleurs-de-lys and a cog wheel gules on a chief sable two arrows in saltire points upwards between two mullets or.

And finally, at the far left end, we find:
     John Boyd Orr, Baron Boyd Orr of Brechin (1947): Argent three piles conjoined in point gules each charged with a wheat ear or on a chief checky gules and argent a pale azure charged with an estoile of six rays argent.
     Sir Alec Cairncross (1972): Argent stag’s head erased sable between the attires a mullet gules. (Compare with the arms of Alexander Cairncross (1684), above.)
     Sir William Kerr Fraser (1996): Azure three fraises on a chief argent a castle triple-towered sable roofed, windowed, and portalled with pennants flying gules between two trees atop each tree a bird [red head, back brown, and underside white] proper. (I haven't found a blazon for these arms; they are pretty recent and haven't appeared in the books yet. As a consequence, I am unfamiliar with what type of bird this is meant to represent; it's nothing that I am familiar with here in Texas, but that should be no surprise.)

And so we finish our review of the coats of arms in the choir stalls of the Memorial Chapel at Glasgow University. As I said (more than once), a wonderful display of heraldry, and an equally wonderful tribute to the Chancellors of the University since its founding.

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