Peter William GILES

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ArmsVert, on a chevron engrailed between three uncovered chalices Or three dexter hands couped appaumy gules on a chief Or three woollen hanks bleu celeste.
CrestA demi-bear Or muzzled and winged with dragon’s wings gules gorged with a collar argent charged with gouttes de larmes holding in the dexter claws a balance of silver and holding in the sinister claws a leopard’s face gold whiskered sable jessant-de-lys also argent.

The green field of the arms alludes to the Worcestershire countryside while the red hands more specifically refer to links with Ulster, the O’Malley’s of Co. Mayo, Chirk Castle and the Myddelton family. They are also a pun on Handsworth in Birmingham, where Mr Giles was born. The chalices are taken from a grant to Thomas Gyles in 1579. The gold chief symbolises the sand of the Middle East where Mr Giles represented British companies for many years. The hanks of wool are a tribute to his great-great-grandfather, Thomas Hanks, who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. They are of bleu celeste the livery colour of University College London, his Almer Mater. The demi-bear is another reference to Warwickshire, while the dragon’s wings show the grantee’s recognised involvement in Welsh Societies. The charged collar and balance tell of Mr Giles’s commercial lifetime in the weighing machine and chemical industries. Finally, the leopard’s face shows Mr Giles’s links with Shropshire (Loggerheads) and to the Huguenot Terry family of his maternal line. The mantling is gold and black, the livery colours of Handsworth Grammar School – a Bridge Trust School founded in 1862.

Granted24th September 2003 (College of Arms)
AgentRobert Noel (Lancaster Herald)

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