The Belgravia Society



The origins of "Bend Or".


This was the nickname of the second Duke of Westminster and also the name of the first Duke of Westminster's horse that won the 1880 Epsom Derby.


The name however, has a more intriguing history. In the 14th century three families bore the same arms, Azure Bend Or.   Richard Scrope, Baron Scrope of Bolton, a favourite of Richard 2nd, Sir Richard Grosvenor, and Thomas Carminow, a Cornish knight.


In 1385 the case of who should possess the coat of arms, was brought before the Constable of England and in 1390 it was decided in favour of Richard Scrope.  Grosvenor eventually adopted the arms Azure a Garb Or which they still retain today. Somewhat bizarrely the judgement allowed the Scrope and Caminow families to use the same  arms because Cornwall for heraldic purposes was deemed to be a another country.  In any event the Grosvenors have certainly won out in the end.


 Another possible explanation stemmed from a rumour that the name Bendor eventuated from a Housemaster at Eton who pronounced it Bendor meaning bend over when he was about to beat the boy! 

As he was frequently in trouble he was then nicknamed Bendor.