Standard: In the hoist the arms; in the fly Azure charged
with the Crest between two representations of the Badge all
separated by two bends Or each bearing the Motto in letters Sable
the whole fringed Or and Gules and the sleeve Azure.
Certification: Don Alfonso de
Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Marqués de la Floresta, Crónista de Armas
de Castilla y León, certified 13 May 2005 (arms, supporters,
compartment, previous badges and previous standard).
Registration: South African Bureau of Heraldry on 8
February 2002. Certificates nos. 3299 (arms), 3300 (previous badge),
3301 (previous standard) dated 29 November 2002.
Further Private Registration (Select): Heraldische
Gemeinschaft Westfalen, registered 10 December 2004, no. DEV0204
(arms, supporters and compartment). Centre for Research of Orthodox
Monarchism – Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, registered
7 June 2007 (arms, badge and standard with motto “I Shine On”).
Recognition: Noble name (including pedigree), titles and
armorial bearings (arms, coronet, crest, supporters, motto, badge,
and standard) entered retroactively as number 187 (2009) into the
Golden Book of Members of the Prester John Institute Royal and
Imperial Council of Nobility.
This armiger has an earlier
entry in The Armorial
Register: Vol 1, No. 00037 (Edward Thiravej Ploysongsang, BS, MRP,
JD, MCIArb, FRAS).
Pedigree: According to
historical records and the current DNA evidence, the armiger traces
his agnatic ancestry albeit with short breaks back to Cao Xia, a
Dongyi (literally “Eastern Barbarian,” and most likely a proto-Tai-Kadai
or proto-Viet) chieftain turned Han Chinese knight and first feudal
lord over the Zhu (later called the Zou) state. He flourished in
southern Shandong province, China around 1046 BCE during the reign
of King Wu of the Zhou Dynasty.
The armiger descends
agnatically from nineteen generations of feudal lords (starting as
viscounts and later becoming dukes), six imperial marquises, one
imperial duke, almost a dozen ministers of state, over a dozen field
marshals and generals, two Confucian saints, and numerous
lower-ranking officials, military officers and scholars. The armiger
is also collaterally related to the sixteen emperors and seven
pretenders of the Ming Dynasty (r. 1368 – 1644 CE), as well as the
Dukes of Yansheng (descendants of Confucius), the Dukes of Fusheng
(descendants of Yan Hui, Confucius’ favorite disciple), and the
Dukes of Hui (descendants of Zhu Xi, the Neo-Confucian philosopher).
The armiger’s immediate
paternal ancestors adopted the Ploysongsang surname, which means
“radiant jewel,” to better assimilate into Thai culture having
immigrated to Thailand in the early 20th century. The armiger’s line
subsequently immigrated to the United States in the late 1960s.
A study of the armiger’s known
maternal ancestors revealed a few Siamese noble officials, and
recent autosomal DNA testing confirmed Southeast Asian, East Asian
and Persian ancestry.
Education: B.S. (University of
Wisconsin-Madison, 1993); M.R.P. (Cornell University, 1995); J.D.
(Washington University in St. Louis, 1998); E.M.B.A. with Honours (Sasin-Kellogg,
Qualifications: Admitted as an
attorney and counselor at law in New York State, as well as before
the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Federal Claims,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme
Court among others.
Honours: Since his first entry
the armiger has received several chivalric honours. A select list is
Raja Muda Ploysongsang
(literally “Young Prince Radiant Jewel”) – Hereditary title
awarded by H.R.H. the Raja of Kupang in Indonesia. The title
Raja Muda is not the title for the Crown Prince of Kupang, which
is Mahkota Putera Kupang (literally “Crowned Royal Son of Kupang”).
In Kupang, Raja Muda is a high aristocratic title comparable to
a serene prince or a marquis in Europe.
(Hereditary Crown Knight, 2nd Class), Royal Order of the
Knight, 1st Class), Royal Order of the Engabu.
Hereditary Companion (1st
Class), Order of the Companion of Honour of the Royal House of
Officer (4th Class), Most
Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.
Knight Commander (4th
Class), Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Knight (5th Class), Order
of the Star of Ethiopia.
Clubs: Royal Bangkok Sports
Club (RBSC) and RBSC Polo Club.
Societies: American Mensa,
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K. & Thailand), Siam Society Under Royal Patronage, Foreign
Correspondents Club Thailand, Royal Asiatic Society (U.K.), and Thai
Red Cross Society (Honorary Member).
The painting (emblazonment) of
the coat of arms shows pendent the Royal Order of the Omujwaara
Kondo on the dexter side nearest the bull and the Order of the
Companion of Honour of the Royal House of Kupang on the sinister
side nearest the tiger. This emblazonment is by Andrew Stewart
Jamieson. The artwork for the badge and standard are by Gordon
Macpherson. The badge consisting of a vajra (regarded as a “diamond”
or “jewel” in many Asian cultures) and a crown rayonné (also known
as a “crown radiant”) is the armiger’s symbol for the Ploysongsang