The Marital Arms of Brymer and Tugwell
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this
Pair of George III English Sterling Silver Strawberry Dishes by Philip Rundell hallmarked London 1819
are those of Brymer impaling Tugwell.
These armorial bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat showing on the dexter
(the heraldic right on the left as you view the piece) the arms of the husband
and on the sinister (the heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the wife.
They may be blazoned as follows:
(on the dexter) Per bend erminois and gules in chief a demi Catherine wheel in bend of the last (for Brymer)
(on the sinister) Azure three garbs or on a chief argent a boar's head sable1 (for Tugwell)
A plume of six ostrich feathers alternately gules and argent charged with an escutcheon of the last thereon
a Catherine wheel of the last (for Brymer)
Motto: Virtute [By virtue]
These armorial bearings2 undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of John Brymer
(baptised 5th September 1804 died 7th December 1870), of Ilsington House,3 Puddletown in the County of Dorset
and Eliza Mary Tugwell (baptised 29th February 1816 died 27th November 1893).
John and Eliza were married at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin,
Bathwick with Woolley in the County of Somerset on the 5th August 1834.4
John was a younger son of Alexander Brymer,5 a Scottish born merchant of Halifax, Nova Scoti
a and later of London and Somerset and his wife, Harriet Dobson (née Parr),6
whilst Eliza was the only daughter of George Hayward Tugwell,7
of Crowe Hall, Widcombe, near Bath in the County of Somerset and Sarah Clutterbuck.
During the 19th Century the Brymer and the Tugwell families or members thereof were successful bankers in the City of Bath.
Prior to his marriage to Eliza, John served in the British Army as a Captain in the 5th Dragoon Guards.
He later served as the High Sheriff for the County of Dorset in the year 1865.
The Marriage Record of John Brymer and Eliza Mary Tugwell
in the Register of the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bathwick with Woolley, Co. Somerset 5th August 1834.
1 Also blazoned as 'Azure three garbs or tied gules on a chief argent a boar's head couped sable langued gules'.
2 The arms and crest of Brymer were granted to John's father, Colonel Alexander Brymer,
of Bathwick, Co. Somerset [College of Arms Grant Book Volume XXVIII, folio 49].
3 John acquired Ilsington House and its surrounding estate in 1861.
4John and Eliza were married by John's elder brother, The Reverend William Thomas Parr Brymer,
the incumbent of the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bathwick with Woolley, Co. Somerset.
5 Alexander served as one of Her Majesty's Council Nova Scotia,
Colonel Commandant of the Militia and Deputy Paymaster General in the Province.
6 Harriet was the daughter of John Parr, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
7 George served as the Mayor of Bath for the years 1817 and 1827.
Heraldry Courtesy of John Tunesi of Liongam
MSc, FSA Scot, Hon FHS, QG