Robert BALCHIN Rt. Hon. The Lord Lingfield

ArmsQuarterly, 1&4, vert, a crescent within eight mullets in lozenge Or (Balchin), 2&3, Azure, between three fleurs-de-lys each per pale Or and argent a chain fesswise each link also per pale Or and argent (Skelton), in pretence an inescutcheon barry of six ermine and vert, a label of three points in bend Or each charged with an annulet gules (Kinlay-Balchin)
CrestA demi-bagwyn argent armed and unguled Or, gorged with a collar compony Or and vert charged with anchors counterchanged and supporting a wooden beam ppr. attached to its collar by a chain Or. Mantled gules and argent.
Supporters[granted 2010] Dexter: A lion guardant the head and mane Or the body legs and tail Or semy of spurs rowels upwards gules upon the head a Baron’s Coronet with cap ppr. Sinister: a bagwyn Argent armed unguled and the tail tufted Or gorged with a Baron’s Coronet sans cap ppr. chained the chain reflexed over the back and terminating in an annulet Or.
BadgePendant from a tasselled and knotted cord Or and vert an escallop Gold.

Admiral Sir John Balchin (1669-1744), Admiral of White and Governor of Greenwich Hospital, bore these arms without authority and they appear on his memorial in Westminster Abbey. The Bagwyn is the strange antelope-like monster which was once used as a supporter of the Fitzalan Earls of Surrey; the Balchin family has lived in Surrey since around 1200 when they arrived from Picardy. There Sir Roger de Baulchen (d 1215) was Seigneur of Beauchamps (hence his name) and of Bouvaincourt and bore barry of six ermine and vert. Lord Lingfield is a Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of St John and a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London (hence the helm is garnished with a Tudor Rose and St John crosses). His appointment as Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor was approved by HM the Queen in 2006 and he shows the Knight Principal’s badge below his arms. He was created a Life Peer of the United Kingdom, as Baron Lingfield, 2010.

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