Lancaster Herald

Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary is an English officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. The title of Lancaster Herald first occurs in 1347 at Calais, and to begin with this officer was a servant to the noble house of Lancaster. As a retainer of John of Gaunt (1377–1399) Lancaster was advanced to the rank of King of Arms, and was later promoted to the royal household of Henry IV (Gaunt's son), and made king of the northern province. This arrangement continued until 1464, when Lancaster reverted to the rank of herald. Since the reign of King Henry VII (1485–1509) Lancaster has been a herald in ordinary. The badge of office is a red rose of Lancaster, royally crowned.

Lancaster Herald
Badge of the Lancaster Herald.svg
The heraldic badge of Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary
 
Heraldic traditionGallo-British
JurisdictionEngland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Governing bodyCollege of Arms
Chief officerVacant, Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary

The office is currently vacant since the promotion of Robert Noel to Norroy and Ulster King of Arms in 2021.

Holders of the officeEdit

Arms Name Date of appointment Ref
Lancaster Herald to the Earl or Duke of Lancaster
Herman (surname unknown) (1354)
John (surname unknown) (1358)
Nicholas (surname unknown) (1366)
Roger Durroit, Esq. (1386)
  Richard Bruges, Esq. (Richard II)
Lancaster King of Arms in Ordinary
  Richard Bruges, Esq. (Richard II)
  John Ashwell, Esq. (1426)
  William Boys, Esq. (1436)
  William Tyndale, Esq. (1447)
Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary
James Collier or Collyer, Esq. (Edward IV)
  Richard Ashwell, Esq. (Edward IV)
(name unknown) (1486)
  Thomas Wall, Esq. 1509–1526
  William Jennings or Jenys, Esq.[a] 1526–1527
  William Fellows, Esq. 1527–1531
Fulk ap Howell, Esq.[b] 1531–1536
Thomas Milner, Esq.[c] 1536–1538
Nicholas Tubman, Esq. 1553–1559
  John Cocke, Esq. 1559–1588
  Nicholas Paddy, Esq. 1588–1602
  Francis Thynne, Esq. 1602–1609
  Nicholas Charles, Esq. 1609–1613
  William Penson, Esq. 1613–1637
  Thomas Thompson, Esq. 1637–1641
  William Ryley, Esq. 1641–1658
  George Barkham, Esq. 1658–1660
  William Ryley, Esq. 1660–1665
  Robert Chaloner, Esq. 1665–1676
  Francis Sandford, Esq. 1676–1689
  Gregory King, Esq. 1689–1712
  Rowland Fryth, Esq. 1712–1713
  John Hesketh, Esq. 1713–1727
  Stephen Martin Leake, Esq. 1727–1729
  Charles Greene, Esq. 1729–1743
  Thomas Browne, Esq. 1743–1761 [5]
  Sir Isaac Heard 1761–1774
  Thomas Lock, Esq. 1774–1781
  Charles Townley[d] 1781–1793
  Edmund Lodge, Esq., FSA 1793–1822 [6]
  George Frederick Beltz KH, FSA 1822–1841 [7]
  Sir Albert William Woods,
GCVO, KCB, KCMG, KGStJ, FSA
1841–1869 [8]
  George Edward Cokayne, Esq., FSA[e] 1870–1882 [9]
  Edward Bellasis, Esq. 1882–1922 [10]
  Archibald George Blomefield Russell, Esq., CVO, FSA 1922–1954 [11]
  John Riddell Bromhead Walker, Esq., CVO, MC 1954–1968 [12]
  Francis Sedley Andrus, Esq., LVO 1972–1982 [13]
  Peter Llewellyn Gwynn-Jones, Esq., CVO, FSA 1982–1995 [14]
  Robert John Baptist Noel, Esq. 1999–2021 [15]
Vacant 2021–present

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ made visitation at Carmarthen in 1530.[1]
  2. ^ Re-instated 1539,[2] executed for counterfeiting Clarenceaux's seal, December 1549.[3]
  3. ^ condemned for his submission to Robert Aske.[4]
  4. ^ Son of Sir Charles Townley
  5. ^ Then named as George Edward Adams, Esq.
Citations
  1. ^ Jones, Francis (2011-07-25). "Departed Glories of the Grey Friars" (PDF). The Carmarthenshire Historian (1985). 20: 65–71. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25.
  2. ^ Letters & Papers Henry VIII, vol. 14 part 1, (1894), xix, no. 406: vol. 14 part 2, (1895), no. 781.
  3. ^ Nichols, J. G. ed., The Diary of Henry Machyn, (1848), 49 note.
  4. ^ Murray, John (1831). State Papers Henry VIII, vol. 1, part 1 & 2.
  5. ^ "No. 8216". The London Gazette. 19 April 1743. p. 4.
  6. ^ "No. 13599". The London Gazette. 3 December 1793. p. 1081.
  7. ^ "No. 17822". The London Gazette. 1 June 1822. p. 916.
  8. ^ "No. 20036". The London Gazette. 9 November 1841. p. 2757.
  9. ^ "No. 23581". The London Gazette. 28 January 1870. p. 535.
  10. ^ "No. 25125". The London Gazette. 7 July 1882. p. 3160.
  11. ^ "No. 32680". The London Gazette. 25 April 1922. p. 3229.
  12. ^ "No. 40149". The London Gazette. 16 April 1954. p. 2295.
  13. ^ "No. 45789". The London Gazette. 28 September 1972. p. 11447.
  14. ^ "No. 48932". The London Gazette. 25 March 1982. p. 4121.
  15. ^ "No. 55620". The London Gazette. 27 September 1999. p. 10313.
Bibliography
  • 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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