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Martin Stephen James Goldstraw, JP, FSA Scot.

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 18th January 2006. Registration No. 0002.

Arms: Argent, on a chevron between three swords erect Gules, three quills erect Argent

Crest: On a helm with a wreath Argent and Gules a goose Argent beaked Or resting its dexter foot against an oak tree Gules fructed Or

Motto: Ab Initio Goostrey

Grant: Arms granted under the hands and seals of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms of date 15th December 2000 [College of Arms].

Matriculated: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 21st November 2002. Register, volume 74, folio 69.

The Arms of Martin Stephen James Goldstraw, JP, FSA Scot.

Conferral: by S. A. R. Don Carlos de Borbón-Dos Sicilias y de Borbón-Parma, Duque de Calabria, Conde de Caserta, Infante de España as a Knight Jure Sanguinis, Motto Proprio, Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George. 13th November 2006, Book 4, Folio 55, No. 2993.

All those who today bear the surname Goldstraw are descended from those bearing the surname Goostrey and the shield answers that of Goostrey (Ancient) namely - Argent a Chevron between three Squirrels sejant Gules. To differentiate the armiger has added charges which reflect his occupation as a scrivener (the quills) and his service as a Justice of the Peace (the Swords of Justice); the English Letters Patent refer to the armiger as "Esquire in the Commission of the Peace". To add a little wry humour to the arms the agent, Thomas Woodcock Esq., at that time Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, suggested that the crest should be an allusion to (and a pun on) the anciently borne name of Goostrey, hence the Goose and the Tree.

The blazon for the Scots arms is exactly as in the English grant with the exception of the motto which differs in two respects: Firstly and most obviously, it is now in the expected position over the helm and crest. Secondly, the motto is recorded as "AB INITIO GOOSTREY" (From the Beginning Goostrey). The Lord Lyon was asked if he would permit a change from the motto in the English grant for the following reason: In England the status of the motto is very informal and it is not even mentioned (although it is painted on the document) in the legal patent and is therefore not part of the heritable arms and may be changed at will. This is very different in Scotland, the motto being part of the legal document becomes lawfully part of the arms and may not be changed without, or until, re-matriculation.

The English motto is very personal to the armiger and is more relevant to his profession. It was felt that as the motto in the Scots matriculation was to be permanent one which more accurately reflected the history and origins of the family line would be more appropriate - hence "Ab Initio Goostrey". Lord Lyon allowed a variation on the English grant to allow for this.

 
 

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