The armiger petitioned
for a grant of arms in memory of his father William Harling A.L.A.,
who died Sept. 15, 1943, at Palembang, Sumatra, in No. 1 Japanese
Prison Camp. Cause of death, Malnutrition and Dysentery. He was born
28th Aug. 1910. Married 21st July 1934, Alice Ann Haworth d. of Robert
Haworth of Blackburn.
The armiger, Peter
Harling, born 1935, was the only child of William and Alice, and is
the 14th generation in direct line from Leonard Herlyng of Wyckworth.
Married: (1) Olive
Fairclough d. of William Fairclough of Clayton le Moors. 26th Sept.
1959. Had issue: Leigh Elizabeth Aulton B.A. 15th Aug. 1960. Married
Peter Aulton B.Sc. and had issue: Charlotte, Sophie and Caroline.
Married (2): Sheila Ann
Wallbank d. of Thomas Wallbank of Chorley. 31st March, 1969. Had
issue: Nicholas Robert Harling B.A. Born 1st Aug. 1971. Married: 1st
June, 2005, Karen Taylor B.A. d. of Henry Taylor of Heywood. Had
issue: Heather Taylor-Harling, Rowan Taylor-Harling.
The armiger traces his
ancestors from Leonard Herlyng born circa 1490 (first recorded 1520).
A Copyhold tenant farmer occupying a Tenement and Garth named "Wyckforth"
at Keasden in the Parish of Clapham, Yorks., where a further eight
generations of his family farmed (later as Yeomen) for a further 310
years. Subsequently leaving the Parish of Clapham at the outset of the
Industrial Revolution and removed to Preston, Lancashire, where the
next four generations were employed, mainly as Blacksmith/Steam Engine
Engineers, in the Lancashire cotton mills.
Having now retired from the Newspaper Industry, the armiger who
studied Typography at Blackburn Technical and College of Art received
the N.G.A. (National Graphical Association) Silver Badge of Merit, in
recognition of past services to the Association.
Explanation of Arms:
Shield: The Garbs represent the early agricultural occupation of the
family, the Owl is purely a personal family choice. The tinctures
Gules and Argent represent the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Crest: The Lancashire
Clog represents the Cotton Industry and the Book with the Lancashire
Rose represents William Harling's profession as a Librarian.
The heir to the arms is Nicholas Robert Harling B.A.