No. 14 Temple Association


PRESENT ARMS [3rd Motion] (see original 1799 description below)
As well as contributing towards the defence of the nation as a whole, members of the Temples formulated a plan for the defence of London in the eventuality of invasion by the French. A meeting was held on 7 April 1798 nearby at George’s Coffee House, and a committee of seven was appointed. This committee oversaw the creation of a plan to form a defence association, chaired by the Inner Temple Treasurer, Sir Robert Graham, to serve in a military capacity at their own expense. This plan was laid by Graham before King George III, who commanded him ‘to express to the committee the satisfaction which His Majesty has received from this proof of the zeal and loyalty of the members and inhabitants of the Inner and Middle Temples’. The association became known as The Temple Association Volunteers and fielded three companies, about three hundred men. It was active until 1802, when it was combined with the Lincoln’s Inn Association to form the Law Association Volunteers (1803-1808), which was granted the nickname ‘The Devil’s Own’.  Grateful acknowledgement to The Masters of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple –  Middle Temple Archive and History © The Honourable Society of Middle Temple [2022]

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Original Description of the unit from 1799:
No. XIV.
This Corps was first formed in April 1798, under Robert Graham, Esq. (a King’s Counsel, and Attorney General to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales) for the protection of the Temple, &c. It consists of three Companies; it has a Committee of thirteen persons, chosen by ballot from their own Association. Their Colours were presented in the Temple- Gardens, June 20th, 1799, by Her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte of Wales, the Right Hon. the Countess Dowager of Elgin being proxy for the Princess Charlotte. The Colours are impressed with the Red Cross, being the standard of the ancient Knights Templars, with the Motto, IN Hoc SIGNO VINCES; also, the Armorial Bearings of the two Temples.
Captain Commandant, Robert Graham. First Company, Capt. Graham; Lieut. John Ware; Ensign, -­ Second Company, Capt. Wm. Welch; Lieut. John Beckett; Ensign-­ Third Company, Capt. Torkington; Lieut. Milnes Lowndes; Ensign– Chaplain, the Rev. —— Rennell, D. D. Master of the Temple. Quartermaster, Myles Walker Hall.
Helmets; on the right side, the Arms of the two Temples, under a Crown; the Helmet is encompassed with Leopard’s skin, and a small Gold Tassel drops behind.
Breast-plate oval, with T. A. in cypher.
Cartouch, a Star, with T. A. &c.
Whole Gaiters, Black.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25 × 35 cm