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John Richard Cary Randall

Arms: Gules, on a cross engraild Argent four horseshoes open ends uppermost Sable, at the centre point a rose of the First barbed and seeded Vert.

Crest: a pine martin standant guardant Proper


Matriculated: The Court of the Lord Lyon 22nd August 1980. Lyon Register, volume 64, folio 72.

The Lord Lyon granted my father, the late Cary Francis Martin Randall, (L/R 57/118) the basic arms (Gules a cross Argent) of Sir John Randolf, son of Sir Thomas Randolf of Strathnith and the elder brother of Thomas, Earl of Moray (flourished circa 1298). This associates our lineage with the Dunegal of Strathnith and Maud, daughter of Ranulph of Meschenes and Rohaise de Clare of Tonbridge.

On the white cross are four horseshoes of Richard Randaolph of Berkshire (an extreme Protestant ancestor and cousin to Queen Elizabeth’s Thomas Randolph) adopted by him in place of five mullets to commemorated his association with Lord Ferrers in the plan to rescue Mary, Queen of Scots, from Chartley Castle. The red rose is substituted for the central horseshoe as a difference, to show we are a junior branch of that family. The red rose is to represent the “English” connection. The rose should have been white, but you can’t have a white rose on a white background, so it had to be red.

The Lyon would not agree to the ancient Randall buck’s head crest as there were too many armigers with stag’s head crests, hence the pine martin which fitted in well with my fathers middle name which was Martin. As I am my father’s second son I had to difference my arms and rather than have a bordure, my cross has been engrailed.
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