The Noble Society of Celts, is an hereditary society of persons with Celtic roots and
interests, who are of noble title and gentle birth, and who
have come together in a search for, and celebration of, things Celtic.
"Winter Edition 2010/11"
God's Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland
By Dr. Micheal O Siochru
Format: Paperback 336 pages
21/08/2008 Faber and Faber
spent only nine months of his eventful life in Ireland, yet he stands
accused there of war crimes, religious persecution and ethnic cleansing.
The massacre of thousands of soldiers and civilians by the New
Model Army at both Drogheda and Wexford in 1649 must rank among the
greatest atrocities in Anglo-Irish history: a tale that makes
decidedly uncomfortable reading for those keen to focus on Cromwell's
undoubted military and political achievements elsewhere. In a
century of unrelenting, bloody warfare and religious persecution
throughout Europe, Cromwell was, in many ways, a product of his times.
As commander-in-chief of the army in Ireland, however, the
responsibilities for the excesses of the military must be laid firmly at
his door, while the harsh nature of the post-war settlement also bears
his personal imprint.
William Francis Butler:
A Life 1838-1910
by Martin Ryan
Victorian adventurer William Francis Butler is a man ripe for discovery
at a time of changing definitions of what it means to be Irish.
This fascinating biography describes an atypical Irishman, Bonapartist
and O'Connellite in sympathy, who had a dazzling career in the British
Army. Butler's life encompassed treks across Canada's prairies in
the 1870s (when he founded the “Mounties”), Gladstone's 1884-5 attempts
to rescue Gordon from Khartoum; co-respondency in the sensational 1886
London divorce case involving 'sex-goddess' Lady Colin Campbell; command
of the imperial forces in South Africa 1989-9; a political career as
1904 Dublin Home Rule Party and 1905 Leeds Liberal Party candidate, and
1908 election to Senator in the new National University of Ireland.
He also wrote fourteen books. His wife was a celebrated
scene-painter, and his friend, the flamboyant Dubliner Garnet Wolseley,
became one of the dominant figures of the British military hierarchy
during the scramble for Africa. This biography portrays a
sympathetic, anti-jingoistic figure, whose public ambitions were
tempered by a concern for the underdog and a late-developing, Parnellite
sense of Irish nationalism.
Lieutenant General Sir William Francis Butler GCB, PC, ADC
The Making of the Arms of
Alexander Nicholas James Kevin Joseph Raywalt Bannerman
one’s Armory usually should reflect one’s individuality, I discovered
that any such representation of myself must include references to my
ancestors … literally. Genealogy has been my life since the age of
seven. Thus, the illustration at right is symbolic of me through that
heritage, each quarter containing references to families behind one of
my four grandparents.
upper left quarter (left) contains a self-created representation of my
father’s non-armigerous paternal family (Maike-Raywalt). Since the first
three American generations were German carpenters, the family is
represented appropriately by three carpenters’ squares on a red
background signifying the struggle of labourers and the nobility of
character found within that struggle.
upper right quarter, itself quartered, symbolic of my paternal
grandmother’s families (MacIntyre and Lane), recognizes ancient Scottish
and Irish history. The MacIntyres of Glencoe intermarried with the
noble Campbells of Argyle and with the Johnstons, hereditary pipers for
centuries. The Scottish MacIntyre arms were quartered first and second
as shown here and are retained; but in the early 1800s, the family
removed to Prince Edward Island, Canada, thereby creating a new facet
requiring contemporary symbolization. As my great-grandfather
MacIntyre was one of the largest strawberry producers on the Island in
his time, the second quarter is quartered third with a strawberry plant.
The Irish portion of this lineage (also 19th Century immigrants to
Canada) is represented in the fourth quarter by symbolism of both
places: barry-wavy lines adapted from the Arms of their homeplace
(Mountmellick, co. Laois, Ireland), and an acorn representing their
Canadian homeplace (named “Mt. Mellick” by them).
armigerous New England families behind my mother’s father are
represented in the third quarter (left) of my Arms. The first,
containing the Arms of the Prince family, accounts for the earliest
clergyman in England identified by me in this lineage. His family’s
inclusion symbolizes my early desire to join the priesthood. The second
quarter, for the Putnam family of Salem, represents members of that
family who were among those lost to 17th Century witch hysteria. They
sacrificed their lives to the injustice of misinformation and ignorance.
Above Putnam, a bar depicting a portion of the Sherman Arms denotes
that family’s role in justice throughout American history. Family
members include many persons of influence, including Roger Sherman (the
Signer) and General William T. Sherman, who fought to rid the nation of
slavery and unify it in a belief to which his cousin before him had seen
fit t subscribe the family name. Here, Sherman over Putnam embodies the
justice done by some conquering the injustice done to others. In the
third quarter are the Arms of Roger Conant, who, as the governor of the
Massachusetts colony, served at the will of the people, not of the king,
yet was he loyal to the crown. Armigerous in her own right, and to my
knowledge my only female ancestor thus endowed, Conant’s wife, Sarah
Horton, is represented in the fourth quarter to recognize my female
fourth quarter of my Arms (right) is halved to represent my maternal
grandmother’s direct descent in the male line from the ancient English
family, Shove, which intersects with the Barnums, purportedly of royal
descent. This quarter symbolizes the beginning of my knowledge of my
colonial American ancestry and my ability to establish myself as a
“child of the world” through a royal lineage.
through a comprehensive representation of my ancestors from whom I have
received my identity, my Arms depict how I (and others) see me. These
symbols represent heritage, tradition, humility, honour, nobility of
character and blood, charity, trustworthiness, knowledge, justice,
faith, sacrifice, passion and independence. The motto, Thus, always for
history, iterates the personal conviction that in order to recognize
where I’m going, I must recognize where I’ve been.
time, one’s Arms might be drawn by any number of trained artists, but
always only through written description using standardized language.
Through research, the blazon reads:
Quarterly, I Gules three Carpenter's Squares bendwise Argent (for Maike
and Raywalt); II quarterly (i) Or an Eagle displayed Gules and Plate
armed Sable (for MacIntyre of Scotland), (ii) Argent a Lymphad Sanguine
pennoned with burning forecastle and having between the forecastle and
the poop two oars in saltire blades upward sails furled (for Campbell
element of MacIntyre of Scotland), (iii) Argent a Strawberry Plant with
as many berries as blossoms proper (for MacIntyre of Canada), (iv) per
fess the upper half barry wavy of six Argent and Azure the lower half
Argent an Acorn Leafed proper (for Lane of County Laois, Ireland and of
Prince Edward Island, Canada); III quarterly (i) Gules a Saltire
engrailed Erminoise (for Prince), (ii) Argent upon a Bar in chief Or
three Oak Leaves proper (for Sherman) and within a bordure Crusily
Fitchy Sable a Stork close Sable armed Gules (for Putnam), (iii) Gules
ten Billets in pile Or (for Conant), (iv) Sable a Stag's Head caboshed
Argent attired Or and for difference a Mullet Or (for Horton); IV
impaled, Argent a Chevron Sable between three Holly Leaves proper (for
Shove), Sable a Cross engrailed voided Argent between four Crescents
Argent (for Barnum).
On a Torse Gules and Or a Gryphon segreant with queue nowed Gules,
holding a Ducal Coronet Or in sinister claw and a Plume Purpure inverted
in dexter claw.
MOTTO: Sic Semper Historia...Thus always for History.
crest (left) contains a griffin sergeant (modified from the Shove
crest), suggesting independence; a ducal coronet, representing multiple
noble descents, and a quill, symbolizing love of writing and literature.