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Lot 511/0315

Estimate: €2000-3000

Heraldic Grants to the Delaval Family of Northumberland Manuscripts: 9 May 1761. Patent of Stephen Martin Leake, Garter Principal King of Arms, granting supporters to the arms of Sir Francis Blake Delaval of Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, on his elevation to be a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. Three superbly illuminated coats of arms (Delaval at top left, with supporters) and other decoration. Seal cut off. 45.5 x 51 cm, box, externally lined with tooled leather (damaged) measuring 55.5 x 6 cm, with appendage for seal (diameter 9 cm). ú 1 July 1761. Royal patent of George III granting the title of baronet to John Hussey Delaval of Ford, Northumberland. Two membranes. Printed border. Seal (diameter 21 cm). In wooden box externally lined with tooled leather (damaged) measuring 92.5 x 9 cm. ú 17 October 1783. Royal patent of George III granting to Sir John Hussey Delaval, Bart, of Seaton Delaval and Ford Castle (Northumberland) and Doddington (Lincolnshire) the title Baron Delaval of Redford, Co. Wicklow. Very fine illuminations – royal portrait and emblems, coats of arms etc., decorated borders. Seal perfect. 76 x 68 cm (diameter of seal 16 cm). In wooden box externally lined with tooled leather (damaged) measuring 74 x 9 cm. The Delavals were wealthy landowners, industrialists and politicians in 18th-century Northumberland, with seats at Seaton Delaval and Ford Castle. Francis Blake Delaval (1727-1771) and John Hussey Delaval (1728-1808) were brothers, but had very different characters: Francis was a notorious but colourful and popular rake who specialised in holding amateur dramatics at Seaton – he received a knighthood in 1761; John developed the industrial potential of Hartley and Seaton Sluice – he was created a baronet in 1761, and was granted an Irish peerage in 1783 and a British one in 1786. See F. Askham, The Gay Delavals (1955) and R. Burgess, Those Delavals! (1972). (1)

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