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Vol. 80 1992

The grant of armorial bearing to the Powysland Club

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FRONTISPIECE
THE GRANT OF ARMORIAL BEARING TO THE POWYSLAND CLUB
On 24 February 1990, a meeting was held with Mr Peter Gwynn-Jones,t Lancaster
Herald, at the College of Arms, London, at which the Chairman enquired whether or not
the Club was eligible to be granted Armorial bearings. Following that visit, Mr James Stirk
provided the College of Arms with details of the establishment of the club so as to enable
Lancaster Herald to make enquiries about this matter. In a letter dated 20 March 1990,
Lancaster Herald confirmed that the Club was eligible for a grant and enclosed the relevant
petition or Memorial to be subscribed by the Club's President, Lord Powis, and its
Chairman, Mr Murray Chapman.
The matter was laid before a meeting of the Council of the Club on 30 March 1990 at
which it was resolved that the petition be submitted to the College of Arms. The cost of
obtaining the grant was met by an anonymous benefactor. There was some discussion
about the possible design of the armorial bearings and it was thought appropriate that they
should be a combination of the arms of Brochwel Ysgeithrog, Prince of Powis (the three
nags heads) and Sir Edward de Charlton, Lord of Powis (a lion rampant).
Mr James Stirk proposed the motto 'Haec Olim Meminisse Iuvabit, i.e. 'One day it will
be pleasurable to remember these matters'. This was agreed by Council and Miss Pat
Davies of Llanidloes noted that it is a well known motif in classical literature going back to
the Odyssey. She also pointed out the The Vergil Society use 'meminisse iuvabit' as the title
to their proceedings.
The petition or Memorial was duly subscribed by the Club's President and Chairman
and submitted to the College of Arms under cover of a letter dated 30 March 1990. In a
letter dated 23 April 1990, Lancaster Herald enclosed a rough coloured sketch of a design
for the Arms and Crest. This was displayed at the Annual General Meeting of the Club,
held at Montgomery on 12 May 1990, at which members were invited to give their
comments on the proposed design. The College of Arms had followed the Seal, hitherto
used by the Club, and had combined this with the three horses' heads taken from the Arms
of Brochwel. As for the Crest, Lancaster Herald proposed using a Wild Man sitting astride
a lion, being one of the Supporters in the original Seal.
Comments received on the proposed design were largely concerned with the nakedness
of the wild man sitting astride the lion and there was a feeling that the motto should be in
Welsh. Council of the Club were of the view that the proposed Latin motto should be
retained, since it was a neutral language, and the suggested Welsh mottoes put forward
were considered not to be acceptable. In view of the concerns expressed over the nakedness
of the Wild Man, Lancaster Herald proposed to gird him with a wreath of golden leaves in
the hope that it would 'salve the shock' felt by the members.
A certified painting of the Armorial Bearings was received by the Club on 3 September
1990, and the Letters Patent, confirming the grant of Armorial Bearings was collected from
the College of Arms on Tuesday 7 May 1991.
On Saturday 30 November 1991, Mr Peter Gwynn-Jones, Lancaster Herald, attended
civic reception given by Welshpool Town Council, at the Town Hall, Welshpool, at
v- hich occasion he presented to the Club's President, The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Powis, the
etters Patent granting the armorial bearings to the Club. He then gave an address to the
< sembled congregation after which tea and refreshments were made available. Members
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