Text for a 16th c Laurel. 


Since Elizabeth Blackdane’s scroll needed to not only grant Arms, but convey induction into the Order of the Laurel, I combined two sources to achieve the text.  

I started by transcribing a 1571 grant of arms to Henry Draper of Colbrook. 

1571 Grant of Arms. Source: WikiMedia Commons.

Text of the 1571 grant:

To all and singular as well nobles and gentilmen as others to whom these presents shall come Robert Cooke esquire and? Clarenceaux principall hereault and kinge of Arms of the Southe easte and weste? partes of this realm of England from the River of Trent southwards sendith greetings. That being ? required of Henry Draper of Colnbrook in the county of ? sonne and heire of Henry Draper of Bedforste? gentilman to macke serche in the ? and records of my office for suche Armes and Creste as he maye lawfully beare, Whereupon considering his requeste to be reasonable I have made serche accordingly whereby I find he may lawfully bear the armes and Creste hereafter following, That is to say (blazon) as more playnly averuh depicted in this margent. The whiche Armes and Creste and every part an parcell thereof I the saide Clarenceaux kinge of Armes by every authoritie to my office annexed and graunted by Letters Patents under the great seal of Englande do ratify allow and confirm unto the said Henry Draper gentilman and to his posteritie with thier due difference and they the fame to ? bear and shewe in shield cote armour or otherwise at his and their libertie and pleasure without impediment let or interruption of any person or persons In witness thereof I have set hereunto my hand and seale of office the fourteen day of octobre etc. 

I also looked at a letter offering the Order of the Garter from 1649, which reads as follows:

Charles the Second, by the Grace of God King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. and Soveraign of the most Noble Order of the Garter. To our right trusty and entirely beloved Cosen, William Marquis of Newcastle, &c. Greeting, Whereas our Royal Progenitors, the Kings of England, have, in all Times since the Institution of the most Noble Order of St. George, called the Garter, by our most Noble and Victorious Ancestor King Edward the Third, elected and chosen into the Fellowship thereof such Princes, and other eminent Persons, as well Strangers, as of their own Subjects, as have for the Nobility, and Greatness of their Births (accompanied with Heroick Virtues, especially in Martial Actions) been thought worthy of the same, Wee therefore considering that, since the late most horrid Rebellion in that our Kingdom, many of the Companions thereof are dead, and finding how necessary it is for our Service, and the Honour of our said Order, to elect others in the Places vacant, who for their Nobility, Courage, and Fidelity, may be fit to be admitted thereunto. Wherefore Wee, duly weighing the Nobleness of your Birth and Family, together with the great and extraordinary Services performed by you against the Rebels in the Condition of Lieutenant-General of the North Part of our Kingdom of England, under our late Dear and Royal Father, King Charles of ever blessed and glorious Memory: And likewise considering your great Affection and Inclination to perform no less to Us: Have thought fit to confer upon you such signal Mark of our Favour and high Esteem, as may fully evidence the same. Know Yee therefore, that Wee by our Power, as Soveraign of the said most Noble Order (dispensing with the usual Ceremonies) do elect and choose you, our said right trusty and entirely beloved Cosen, William Marquis of Newcastle, to be Fellow and Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter: And do hereby send you the George and Ribband, Part of the Ensigns thereof, by our trusty and wel-beloved Sir John Marley, Knt. &c. The which George and Ribband, We do hereby Will and Authorise you, to wear, together with the Garter. And because it is not possible, at the present, to have all Other additions and Ceremonies incident to the same fully perfected, Wee do further Will and Authorise You, to wear, with the George and the Garter or Ribband, on your left Legg, the Glory or Star of Silver with St. George’s Cross, embroidered within a Garter on your Cloak or upon Garments; as likewise the great Collar of the Order, on such Days as are accustomed. To use the Garter about your Armes, and to stile yourself, Knight and Companion of the said most Noble Order of the Garter; in as amp1e Manner, as if you had been installed in our Castle of Windsor, where (when it shall please God to restore Us to the Possession thereof) you shall formally be invested, and receive the Habit, and all other Ornaments of the said most Noble Order. And Wee are most assured, That as you have hitherto with singular Courage, Conduct, and Fidelity, served Us, so you will still do the same, as becomes a Knight and Companion of so Noble an Order. Given at our Court at Castle Elizabeth, in our Island of Jersey, this 12th Day of January, in the first year of our Reign, 1649.

I took the opening and armorial confirmation phrasing from the 1571 grant, and added in the verbiage about the need to add to the Order as well as the praise of the inductee, including the phrase ‘right trusty and entirely beloved cousin’ from the Garter letter to create my final text. Many spellings, but not all are modernized. 

Final text:

To all and singular, as well Nobles and gentle Persons as others, to whom these presents shall come Styrkarr and Stjarna , by might and grace King and Queen of An Tir, send greetings. 
To Our right trusty and entirely beloved Cousin, Elizabeth Blackdane, Greetings.
Whereas our Royal Progenitors, the Kings and Queens of An Tir have, in all times since the founding of the kingdom, elected and chosen into the most Noble Order of the Laurel such eminent Persons of their own Subjects, as have for the Nobility, and Greatness of their Spirit been thought worthy of the same, We find how necessary it is for the Honor of the said Order, to elect others, who for their Nobility, Courage, Skill and Fidelity, may be fit to be admitted thereunto. 
Wherefore We, duly weighing the Nobleness of your person together with the great and extraordinary Service and Skill given to Us and our realm, have thought fit to confer upon you such signal Mark of our Favor and high Esteem, as may fully evidence the same. 
Know ye therefore, that We by our Power, do elect and choose you, our said right trusty and entirely beloved Cousin, Elizabeth Blackdane, to be Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel, and Peer of Our Realm.
And We are most assured, that as you have hitherto with singular Courage, Conduct, and Fidelity, served Us, so you will still do the same, as becomes a Companion of so Noble an Order. 
We do hereby Will and Authorize you to wear the insignia of said Order and use the Laurel Wreath about your Arms and as well to lawfully bear the said Arms hereafter following, that is to say, Sable, in pale three bees Or. as more plainly depicted in this margent and confirmed by Black Lion principal herald of An Tir. 
The which Arms and every part and parcel thereof do We ratify allow and confirm unto you, Elizabeth Blackdane to bear and show at your liberty and pleasure without impediment, let, or interruption of any person or persons.
Given at our Twelfth Night Court in Our land of Adiantum, this 10th Day of January, anno societatis forty-nine, being twenty-fifteen Gregorian.

Sources:

She-philosopher.com: Letter Patent for a Knight Elect of the Order of the Garter in 1650. Web.<http://www.she-philosopher.com/gallery/lely_2W2.html&gt;

“Grant of Arms for Henry Draper of Colnbrook 1571.” WikiMedia Commons. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Grant_of_Arms_for_Henry_Draper_of_Colnbrook_1571.jpg&gt;

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