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Edward Thiravej Ploysongsang, Lord of the Manor of Thorndon Parva

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 28th December 2017. Registration No. 0442 (Vol.3) (Lordship & Barony Register)

Arms: Gules a Lion rampant Argent gorged with a Crown radiant Azure holding in the dexter forepaw a single pointed Vajra palewise Argent on a Chief embattled Or three Fountains.

Crest:  A Sun in splendour Or on the dexter abutting the points of an Increscent Argent on the sinister.

Motto:  I Shine On.

Badge: A single pointed Vajra palewise Argent enfiling a Crown radiant Or.

Honorary Grant: College of Arms, 30 October 2017; Reference: Grants 180.320 Agent: William Hunt, Windsor Herald.

Emblazonment by Quentin Peacock

The Armiger has two other entries in the register:

South Africa: The International Register of Arms, 12th March 2006. Registration Number No.00037.

Spain: The International Register of Arms, 11th August 2016. Registration Number No.0394 (Vol.3). 

The English version of the armiger's coat of arms is based on a previous design first registered with the Bureau of Heraldry of the Republic of South Africa. For the English arms, the armiger replaced the three drops of water in chief with three fountains, added a crown radiant and a single pointed vajra to the arms to better tie in with the English badge, and had the artist exemplify the previous Latin motto, Affulgeo, in English to reflect his preference for plain English in his work as an attorney.

The armiger changed the three drops of water to three fountains because he learned his family descends agnatically from Zhu Xi, Duke of Hui during the Song Dynasty and can claim distant genealogical connections with Confucius and Yan Hui. These three individuals are major saints of Confucianism, a philosophical system represented by the Chinese character for water. The fountains retain the water imagery of the South African arms and also represent knowledge in Western symbolism, i.e., the fountain or font of knowledge, thereby alluding to the armigerís education and his pursuit of knowledge.

The English badge refers to the Ploysongsang surname. In Indic mythology, which greatly influenced Thai culture, the vajra or thunderbolt is also described as a jewel. Together, the crown radiant and the vajra jewel symbolize the armiger's surname, which means "radiant jewel," and allude to the Thai and Indian portions of the armigerís ancestry. These same elements are in the arms as well to better tie the badge to the arms, though now with the blue crown symbolizing level-headed, spoken authority and the vajra representing action.

The armiger obtained his honorary grant of arms through the College of Arms to fulfill a life-long ambition to work with the College of Arms, and because he wished to officially exercise his heraldic privileges now as an Officer (4th Class) in The Priory in the USA of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem per the Statutes and Regulations of that British royal order of chivalry.

The armiger's background information from his previous entries remains largely unchanged except that he is now remarried with two more heraldic heirs, is a Grand Cordon (1st Class) of the Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl, a Member (5th Class) of the Order of Prince Danilo I, and Lord of the Manor of Thorndon Parva (Little Thorndon) in the County of Suffolk, England. The Manor of Thorndon existed before the Norman conquest of 1066, was mentioned in both Domesday and Little Domesday in 1086, and was a royal manor over several decades being owned at various times by King Edward I, King Edward II, Queen Isabella of France, King Edward III, King Richard II, Queen Mary I of England, Queen Elizabeth I, and King James VI & I among a few others before Thorndon Parva became its own sub-manor through royal assent by 1629, the first year that separate manorial records exist at The National Archives.

The Arms show the badge of an Officer of the Order of St. John hanging from the shield.

 

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