Letters Patent for Sir Richard John Griffith

As blog editor I periodically receive inquiries and requests. The following message dropped in on a ‘slow-genealogy-news-day’ so I will pass it along:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I have come into the possession of a remarkable letters patent issued in 1858 granting a coat of arms to Sir John Richard Griffith. The arms were granted by King Arms of Dublin. I would like to find descendents of Sir Griffith to pass the letters patent on to them. Failing that, I would like to make the letters patent available to a reputable historic society.

What makes this treasure remarkable is that it is in outstanding condition, especially considering its age. Attached to it is the wooden seal that was either embossed or carved. The scroll and seal are housed in a leather-bound, hinged wooden box that is also in outstanding condition. A well was made inside the box to fit the wooden seal. The scroll is clearly readable and the colors are very vivid. It measures 19 inches wide and 20 inches deep. The box measures 21 x 3 1/2 inches.

If there is any way your organization could communicate with Griffiths, I would certainly appreciate it. I would ask that anyone declaring descendency provide documentation. And as indicated above, I would certainly consider a reputable historic society. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Neil Webner,

United States,


Sir Richard John Griffith (1784-1878) authored the valuation of Ireland, known ever since as Griffith’s Valuation. We invite readers with information or interest in the subject to respond to Neil Webner (or if you prefer, to blog@IrishGenealogical.org).


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