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Patric Laurence Dickinson LVO (born 24 November 1950) has served as Clarenceux King of Arms since 2010. A respected genealogist, he has worked at the College of Arms in London since 1968.

Patric Dickinson

Patric Dickinson.jpg
Dickinson robed as Secretary of the Order of the Garter
Clarenceux King of Arms
Assumed office
1 September 2010
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byHubert Chesshyre
Personal details
Born (1950-11-24) 24 November 1950 (age 68)
EducationMarling School
Alma materExeter College, Oxford
Salary£20.25 (as a provincial King of Arms)
£17.80 (as a Herald)
£13.95 (as a Pursuivant)
AwardsLVO 2006



Dickinson was educated at Marling School in Stroud, Gloucestershire, before going to Exeter College, Oxford, where he read modern history and graduated as MA. He was President of the Oxford Union Society and was subsequently called to the Bar at the Middle Temple. Dickinson served as a research assistant at the College of Arms from 1968 until his appointment as Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary in 1978.[1] He served as Richmond Herald from 25 January 1989 until 6 April 2010.[2]

On 6 April 2010, he was promoted to the office of Norroy and Ulster King of Arms,[3] holding this office very briefly until he was further advanced to Clarenceux King of Arms on 1 September 2010.[4] In 2004, Dickinson was named Secretary of the Order of the Garter.[5] He is also, inter alios, a Vice-President of the Anthony Powell Society and was elected President of the Society of Genealogists in 2005.



Coat of arms of Patric Laurence Dickinson
2 March 1984[7]
A male griffin segreant Gules armed, beaked and rayed Or holding up a torch inflamed proper.
Per saltire dovetailed argent and azure, in pale two lymphads sails furled pennons and flags flying gules.

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  1. ^ "No. 47662". The London Gazette. 13 October 1978. p. 12188.
  2. ^ "No. 51630". The London Gazette. 30 January 1989. p. 1187.
  3. ^ "No. 59386". The London Gazette. 9 April 2010. p. 6157.
  4. ^ "No. 59536". The London Gazette. 6 September 2010. p. 17131.
  5. ^ "No. 57231". The London Gazette. 12 March 2004. p. 3208.
  6. ^ "No. 57855". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2005. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Armorial - Presidents & VPs - Patric Laurence DICKINSON". Retrieved 2018-11-20.

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