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Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary is a current officer of arms in England. As a pursuivant extraordinary, Fitzalan is a royal officer of arms, but is not a member of the corporation of the College of Arms in London. As with many other extraordinary offices of arms, Fitzalan Pursuivant obtains its title from one of the baronies held by the Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal of England; the appointment was first made for the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1837. The badge of office was assigned in 1958 and is derived from a Fitzalan badge of the fifteenth century. It can be blazoned An Oak Sprig Vert Acorns Or, but is also recorded as A Sprig of Oak proper.

Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary
Badge of the Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary.svg
The heraldic badge of Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary
Heraldic traditionGallo-British
JurisdictionEngland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Governing bodyCollege of Arms

The first four Fitzalans, beginning with Sir Albert Woods, subsequently became Garter Principal King of Arms. Charles Wilfrid Scott-Giles, the well-known heraldic writer, also served as Fitzalan Pursuivant. The current Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary is Alastair Andrew Bernard Reibey Bruce of Crionaich, second cousin to the Hon. Adam Bruce, Marchmont Herald of Arms, and a regular television commentator on royal and religious affairs.

Holders of the officeEdit

Arms Name Date of appointment Ref
  Albert William Woods 1837
  Gerald Woods Wollaston 28 May 1902–1906 [1]
  Algar Henry Stafford Howard (23 May–October) 1911 [2]
  Alexander Colin Cole 27 April 1953–1957 [3]
  Wilfrid Scott-Giles 22 August 1957–1982 [4]
  John Martin Robinson 1 October 1982–1998 [5]
  Alastair Bruce of Crionaich 7 October 1998–Present [6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "No. 27440". The London Gazette. 6 June 1902. p. 3681.
  2. ^ "No. 28504". The London Gazette. 16 June 1911. p. 4506.
  3. ^ "No. 39841". The London Gazette. 1 May 1953. p. 2419.
  4. ^ "No. 41163". The London Gazette. 30 August 1957. p. 5101.
  5. ^ "No. 49173". The London Gazette. 22 November 1982. p. 15237.
  6. ^ "No. 55291". The London Gazette. 26 October 1998. p. 11553.
  • The College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street : being the sixteenth and final monograph of the London Survey Committee, Walter H. Godfrey, assisted by Sir Anthony Wagner, with a complete list of the officers of arms, prepared by H. Stanford London, (London, 1963)
  • A History of the College of Arms &c, Mark Noble, (London, 1804)

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