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Arms: Azure three piles Argent on a chief Argent an Aesculapian rod
accompanied by two thistles slipped all Proper with in base a boar’s head
erased Argent.

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: Illustration for background and the text from the Letters Patent of the petitioner and from Internet articles. We wish to thank Snawdoun Herald, Elizabeth Roads, LVO for her assistance and information and John Hamilton Gaylor for his assistance, specifically where I might find a readable scanned copy of the Letters Patent.

John Cochrane Henderson, Esquire of St. Andrews, Bowness on Windermere in the county of Westmoreland, England. Henderson was born 1 Oct 1881, the only son of William Thomson Henderson of Borrowstounness, County Linlithgow and his wife Georgina Isabella Waddell, daughter of the Rev. John Cochrane of County Stirling.

Dr. Henderson graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1904 as a Bachelor of Medicine, from which university he also obtained the degree of Bachelor of Surgery. In 1911 he took over the medical practice of K. Rodas & D. Shaw which was noted in the London Gazette of 14 Apr 1911.

He was appointed Sheriff (JP) in the County of Westmoreland, north-west England. Westmorland has since been merged with Cumberland to form Cumbria, the county which abuts the western part of the Scottish border.

He petitioned Lord Lyon Sir Francis James Grant, KCVO for arms which were granted on 20 Jan 1944 to him and other descendants of his father.

It has been suggested to me that the boar’s head in base was in respect of Henderson’s mother being born a Cochrane and that the thistles in chief were granted as Henderson was living outwith Scotland in England at the time of his petition and desired the thistles as symbols of his Scottish heritage.

John Cochrane Henderson, Esquire, whilst married, died on 5 Feb 1946 without heirs.

The artwork is an interpretation by John Hamilton Gaylor.

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