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Heraldry of the
Harden's of Cowdenknowes

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Armorial Achievement of
The Much Honoured
Mark John Harden of Cowdenknowes
Baron of Cowdenknowes

(Painted by Natalie Yegorova,
 Principal Heraldic Artist to the Russian College of Heraldry)

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Letters patent

The Lord Lyon, King of Arms, In recognition of Barry George Harden, then Baron of Cowdenknowes (1), has by Letters Patent, Granted the following Armorial bearings, Standard, Badge and Crest to the former Baron and his descendants in the Barony.

Arms: Azure, on a fess embattled, counter-embattled Gules fimbriated Or between in chief three flowers of Cytisus Proper and in base a horse salient, a cross crosslet Argent. Above the shield, behind which is draped his feudo-baronial mantle doubled of silk Argent, fur-edged of miniver and collar Ermine and fastened on the right shoulder by five spherical buttons Or, is placed a chapeau Gules furred Ermine, thereon an Helm befitting his degree with a Mantling Azure doubled Argent.

Crest: On a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest a Demi-horse Argent.


Badge: A cross crosslet Argent within a circlet of Cytisus Proper

Standard: Said Badge is depicted in the first and third compartments and the said Crest in the centre compartment upon a Standard three and a half metres in length of four tracts Azure and Argent, split at the end, having said Arms in the hoist, with the motto "Sapientia cursus vires" in letters Or upon two traverse bands Gules.


 (1) Although the letters patent are recorded in the name of Barry Harden, the barony orginally came into the possession of the current baron, Mark Harden of Cowdenknowes, with whom it has remained. Through a family arrangement and with approval of the Lyon Court, it was recorded and letters patent granted first to Barry Harden and then descended down through the normal process and as stated in the letters patent when Barry Harden passed.

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