Herbert Arthur Cozens-Hardy was the fourth Baron Cozens-Hardy, also living at Letheringsett Hall.. He was appointed OBE, and was a JP; Deputy Lieutenant for the County Palatine of Lancaster; and he had the unusual title of Bailif of Egle in the Order of St. John. He was born 8 June 1907, and died unmarried on 11 September 1975, when the barony became extinct.

The Bailiff of Egle is one of the four Great Officers under the Grand Prior, the others being the Lord Prior of St John, the Prelate, and the Chancellor.

4th Baron Cozens-Hardy

The fourth Baron’s arms have, suspended below the shield, the Knight’s Grand Cross of the Order. The arms are also unusual: above the quartered HARDY and COZENS are the Arms of the Order of St John: On a Chief Gules a Cross Argent in the first quarter the Royal Crest.   “A Bailiff or Dame Grand Cross being armigerous shall be entitled to have carried immediately after him or her a Personal Banner depicting his or her Arms with those of the Order in chief.”

Quarterly 1 & 4, Per chevron Argent and Or, in chief two Fireballs Sable fired proper. – HARDY, 2 & 3, Azure a Lion rampant Or gorged with a ducal coronet Azure, in chief two Barrulets Or. – COZENS. His crests are 1, A dexter arm embowed holding in the hand an Eagle’s head erased fesswise proper – Hardy, and 2, A Lion rampant Or vulned at the shoulder proper and gorged with a ducal coronet Or.- Cozens. His supporters are dexter, An Eagle Argent, wings endorsed Gules holding in the beak a white Rose slipped and leaved proper, and sinister, a winged Lion rampant queue fourchée (forked) Argent also wings endorsed Gules. The motto is: FEAR ONE.

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