Fitzalan, Henry, 19th Earl of Arundel (1512 -1580)

Henry FitzAlan was the only son of William, 18th Earl of Arundel, and his second wife, Anne, daughter of Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland. Cokayne says that he was educated at Cambridge, was High Steward of Oxford University 1555 1559, and Chancellor 1558 1559. A Page of Honour to Henry VIII, he was summoned to Parliament in his fathers Barony as Lord Mautravers 5 February 1534. In 1536 he was appointed Deputy of Calais, a post he held until the death of his father in 1544, improving discipline and repairing the fortifications at his own cost. He was made a Knight of the Garter 24 April 1544, and was present at the Siege of Boulogne in July of that year, where Henry VIII created him Marshal of the field. Afterwards he was Lord Chamberlain, but gave offence to the Earl of Warwick in the reign of Edward VI, and was committed to the Tower. He married first Catherine Grey, daughter of Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Dorset. They had a son and two daughters. The son, Henry, Lord Maltravers died in 1556, during the lifetime of his father. His wife died 1 May 1532, and he married, secondly, 19 December 1545, Mary, daughter of Sir John Arundel of Lanherne in Cornwall, and widow of Robert Radcliffe, Earl of Sussex, but they had no issue. She died 20 October 1557. At the coronation of Mary he acted as Constable and was Lord High Steward to Elizabeth. A great book collector, he had many of the books that had belonged to Archbishop Cranmer. His library he bequeathed to his son in law, Lord Lumley, from whom it passed by purchase to Henry Prince of Wales, and with the old Royal Library came to the British Museum, now the British Library. Stamp 1 was cut by the same seal engraver as that of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, an example of which survives in the Clements Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and as Surrey was executed in 1547, this is one of the earliest English non royal armorial bookstamps.

Seat / Residence(s): Arundel Castle, Sussex
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Fitzalan, Henry, 19th Earl of Arundel (1512 - 1580) (Stamp 1) Title: Fitzalan, Henry, 19th Earl of Arundel (1512 - 1580) (Stamp 1)
Arms: Quarterly 1 & 4. Gules a lion rampant (FitzAlan) 2 & 3. A fret (Maltravers)
Crest: Out of a ducal coronet a griffin's head and wings
Motto: Virtutis laus actio
Helmet: Peer
Order: Garter
Dimensions (height x width): 79mm x 50mm
Quarterings: 1 & 4. Gules a lion rampant (FitzAlan) 2 & 3. A fret (Maltravers)
Heraldic Charges: coronet, ducal, out of a, Heraldic Charges: fret, Heraldic Charges: griffin's head, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant
Fitzalan, Henry, 19th Earl of Arundel (1512 - 1580) (Stamp 2) Title: Fitzalan, Henry, 19th Earl of Arundel (1512 - 1580) (Stamp 2)
Badge: A horse courant holding in its mouth a sprig of oak
Dimensions (height x width): 29mm x 37mm
Heraldic Charges: branch (oak), Heraldic Charges: horse