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Derek Lance Howard

Arms: Per bend Argent and Gules a Bend embattled counter-embattled between six Escutcheons all counterchanged.

Crest: A winged Bull guardant Argent couped below the tail wings elevated and addorsed supporting with its dexter forefoot a Cross Crosslet fitchy Gules.


Granted: Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms, 17th June 1999 by warrant of the Earl Marshal dated 20 May 1999.

The arms were granted to the memory of Harry Howard (+ 1958) of Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire who was a painter, member of the National Council of the National Federation of Master Painters and Decorators (now the British Decorators Association) and twice Yorkshire area President; longstanding Chairman of the Otley Building Society (now subsumed into the Skipton Building Society), Chairman of the Otley Mechanics Institute and elder of the Otley Congregational Church (now the Bridge Church United Reformed).

The tincture and metal along with the bend between six charges and the cross crosslet are all inspired by the arms of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk as coincidentally are a white beast and wings in the crest.

The escutcheons are derived from the arms of many guilds of painters across Western Europe used from the Dutch term schilder to denote a painter.

The embattling of the bend reflects the three towers used in the arms of the Archbishops of York as lords of the manor of Otley, which arms were used by the Otley Building Society and the Otley Mechanics Institute. The counter-embattling reinforces this but also creates an image appropriate to the mechanical engineering employment of previous generations.

The winged bull is the oft-used Christian icon of St. Luke, patron saint of painters, and appears in the arms of the National Federation of Master Painters and Decorators being displayed on the chain of office of the President of the Association where the principal pendant bears Gules a Winged Bull rampant Argent below a scroll bearing the words St Luke.

The motto is in answer to that of the Dukes of Norfolk.

Many family members have been painters and most have been associated with the Otley Bridge Church so it reflects the wider family. The use of the escutcheons also reflects the heraldic interests of the grantees.

By happy coincidence the arms also contain a hint the arms of the great 18th century Low Countries King of Arms of the Golden Fleece, Jaerens, (Argent a bend embattled Gules). However, they also look somewhat similar to and may suggest a derivation from the arms of the baronets Lucas with whom they have no connection and this is not the case. Nor is there any link between the cross crosslet and west highland heraldry, nor between the escutcheons gules and the family of Hay.

The date of the grant was the bicentenary of the birth of Robert Howard (1799-1841, of Stillington and Leeds). The agent was David V. White Esquire, Rouge Croix Pursuivant.

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