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Raja Muda Edward Thiravej Ploysongsang

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 11th August 2016. Registration No. 0394 (Vol.3).

Arms: Gules a lion rampant Argent on a chief embattled Or three gouttes de larmes.

Coronet: The coronet of a Raja Muda of Kupang Or pearled Argent.

Dexter the sun in his splendour Or and adjacent to it an increscent moon Argent.

Supporters: Dexter a Brahma bull Argent armed Sable and sinister a Bengal tiger Proper.

Motto: Affulgeo (Shine Forth; I Shine On).

Badge: A single-pronged vajra Argent enfiling a crown rayonné Or.

The Arms of Raja
                                                Muda Edward Thiravej

Standard: In the hoist the arms; in the fly Azure charged with the Crest between two representations of the Badge all separated by two bends Or each bearing the Motto in letters Sable the whole fringed Or and Gules and the sleeve Azure.

Certification: Don Alfonso de Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Marqués de la Floresta, Crónista de Armas de Castilla y León, certified 13 May 2005 (arms, supporters, compartment, previous badges and previous standard). 

Registration: South African Bureau of Heraldry on 8 February 2002. Certificates nos. 3299 (arms), 3300 (previous badge), 3301 (previous standard) dated 29 November 2002.

Further Private Registration (Select): Heraldische Gemeinschaft Westfalen, registered 10 December 2004, no. DEV0204 (arms, supporters and compartment). Centre for Research of Orthodox Monarchism – Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, registered 7 June 2007 (arms, badge and standard with motto “I Shine On”).

Recognition: Noble name (including pedigree), titles and armorial bearings (arms, coronet, crest, supporters, motto, badge, and standard) entered retroactively as number 187 (2009) into the Golden Book of Members of the Prester John Institute Royal and Imperial Council of Nobility.

The Armiger has two other entries in the register:

South Africa: The International Register of Arms, 12th March 2006. Registration Number No.00037.

England: The International Register of Arms, 28th December 2017. Registration Number No.0442 (Vol.3).

Pedigree: According to historical records and the current DNA evidence, the armiger traces his agnatic ancestry albeit with short breaks back to Cao Xia, a Dongyi (literally “Eastern Barbarian,” and most likely a proto-Tai-Kadai or proto-Viet) chieftain turned Han Chinese knight and first feudal lord over the Zhu (later called the Zou) state. He flourished in southern Shandong province, China around 1046 BCE during the reign of King Wu of the Zhou Dynasty.

The armiger descends agnatically from nineteen generations of feudal lords (starting as viscounts and later becoming dukes), six imperial marquises, one imperial duke, almost a dozen ministers of state, over a dozen field marshals and generals, two Confucian saints, and numerous lower-ranking officials, military officers and scholars. The armiger is also collaterally related to the sixteen emperors and seven pretenders of the Ming Dynasty (r. 1368 – 1644 CE), as well as the Dukes of Yansheng (descendants of Confucius), the Dukes of Fusheng (descendants of Yan Hui, Confucius’ favorite disciple), and the Dukes of Hui (descendants of Zhu Xi, the Neo-Confucian philosopher).

The armiger’s immediate paternal ancestors adopted the Ploysongsang surname, which means “radiant jewel,” to better assimilate into Thai culture having immigrated to Thailand in the early 20th century. The armiger’s line subsequently immigrated to the United States in the late 1960s.

A study of the armiger’s known maternal ancestors revealed a few Siamese noble officials, and recent autosomal DNA testing confirmed Southeast Asian, East Asian and South Asian ancestry.

Education: B.S. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993); M.R.P. (Cornell University, 1995); J.D. (Washington University in St. Louis, 1998); E.M.B.A. with Honours (Sasin-Kellogg, 2010).

Qualifications: Admitted as an attorney and counselor at law in New York State, as well as before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court among others.

Honours: Since his first entry the armiger has received several chivalric honours. A select list is as follows:

  1. Raja Muda Ploysongsang (literally “Young Prince Radiant Jewel”) – Hereditary title awarded by H.R.H. the Raja of Kupang in Indonesia. The title Raja Muda is not the title for the Crown Prince of Kupang, which is Mahkota Putera Kupang (literally “Crowned Royal Son of Kupang”). In Kupang, Raja Muda is a high aristocratic title comparable to a serene prince or a marquis in Europe.

  2. Omujwaara Kondo (Hereditary Crown Knight, 2nd Class), Royal Order of the Omujwaara Kondo.

  3. Omukungu (Hereditary Knight, 1st Class), Royal Order of the Engabu.

  4. Hereditary Companion (1st Class), Order of the Companion of Honour of the Royal House of Kupang.

  5. Officer (4th Class), Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

  6. Knight Commander (4th Class), Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. Knight (5th Class), Order of the Star of Ethiopia.

Clubs: Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) and RBSC Polo Club.

Societies: American Mensa, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K. & Thailand), Siam Society Under Royal Patronage, Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand, Royal Asiatic Society (U.K.), and Thai Red Cross Society (Honorary Member).

The painting (emblazonment) of the coat of arms shows pendent the Royal Order of the Omujwaara Kondo on the dexter side nearest the bull and the Order of the Companion of Honour of the Royal House of Kupang on the sinister side nearest the tiger. This emblazonment is by Andrew Stewart Jamieson. The artwork for the badge and standard are by Gordon Macpherson. The badge consisting of a vajra (regarded as a “diamond” or “jewel” in many Asian cultures) and a crown rayonné (also known as a “crown radiant”) is the armiger’s symbol for the Ploysongsang family.



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