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Geoffrey and Margaret Wandesforde-Smith

Registration number 20080913A

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Geoffrey and Margaret Wandesforde-Smith are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Argent a lion rampant double-queued Azure armed and langued Gules holding an artist's paintbrush proper in its dexter forepaw and a closed book proper in its sinister forepaw.
Crest: Upon a torse Argent and Azure an open book proper with a page ribbon and on the dexter side five seals Or the pages charged with an acorn slipped and leaved proper.

Design rationale

Blue and white are traditional colors and the lion a traditional charge in the arms of the Wandesforde family, probably wards or retainers of the Percys of Northumberland in the mid-fourteenth century, when Geoffrey de Wandesford was granted land near Alnwick by Edward III. Later generations, associated with Kirklington in Yorkshire and Castlecomer in Ireland, retained the use of a lion double-queued in their arms until the late nineteenth century. After the armigers’ Wandesforde line migrated to the United States in the early 1840s the use of arms lapsed. The present arms are a new creation and signal a restart in the armorial line. They recall that on the female side the armigers’ father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were artists. For both sides of the family, the book represents commitment to service in education for the last two generations. The fructed oak sprig recalls strong English connections on the male side and a dedication to teaching and research in environmental policy law.

Registered by



Personal, Original, US, W, S

Roll of Arms