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Thomas Woodcock CVO OStJ DL FSA (born 20 May 1951) is the Garter Principal King of Arms.[1]

Thomas Woodcock

Thomas Woodcock.jpg
Woodcock at Garter Day, Windsor Castle on 19 June 2006 (as Norroy and Ulster) (Photograph by: Philip Allfrey)
Born (1951-05-20) 20 May 1951 (age 68)
EducationEton College
Alma materUniversity College, Durham;
Darwin College, Cambridge
Years active1978–present
EmployerElizabeth II
OrganisationCollege of Arms
TitleGarter Principal King of Arms
PredecessorSir Peter Gwynn-Jones, KCVO
Spouse(s)Lucinda Harmsworth King
AwardsOrd.Victoriano.jpg (CVO), Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png (OStJ)



Woodcock was educated at Eton College. He went to University College, Durham, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then went to Darwin College, Cambridge where he received his LLB degree. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple. In 1998, Woodcock married Lucinda Harmsworth King.

College of ArmsEdit

He began his heraldic career in 1975 as a research assistant to Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms. In 1978 he was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant.[2] In 1982 he was promoted to Somerset Herald.[3] He held this office until his appointment as Norroy and Ulster in 1997.[4] Woodcock was appointed the Garter Principal King of Arms on 1 April 2010.[5]


Woodcock was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 1996 Birthday Honours and was advanced to Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[6][7] He was appointed Genealogist of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in June 2017 upon the retirement of the previous Genealogist, William Hunt as Windsor Herald,[8] and made an Officer of the Order (OStJ) in July 2018.[9]

In December 2005 he was appointed a deputy lieutenant for the County of Lancashire,[10] in which capacity he assists the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Shuttleworth, to represent Queen Elizabeth II in the county.


Coat of arms of Thomas Woodcock
20 April 1961
Out of a circlet or charged with three roses gules barbed and seeded proper a dexter arm embowed in armour also proper garnished gold, the hand grasping a scimitar likewise proper hilt and pommel gold.
Or on a bend cotised gules three cross crosslets fitchy of the field.[11]
Leges Juraque Serva ("Observe the laws and ordinances")

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The College of Arms Newsletter 21 June 2009
  2. ^ "No. 47661". The London Gazette. 12 October 1978. p. 12091.
  3. ^ "No. 49155". The London Gazette. 1 November 1982. p. 14201.
  4. ^ "No. 54756". The London Gazette. 6 May 1997. p. 5349.
  5. ^ "No. 59385". The London Gazette. 8 April 2010. p. 6033.
  6. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette. 14 June 1996. p. 4.
  7. ^ "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 4.
  8. ^ [1] The College of Arms Newsletter no. 51 (July 2017)
  9. ^ "No. 62346". The London Gazette. 6 July 2018. p. 1.
  10. ^ "No. 57843". The London Gazette. 16 December 2005. p. 16252.
  11. ^ Chesshyre, Hubert (2001). Heralds of today: A biographical list of the officers of the College of Arms, London, 1987-2001. London: Illuminata. ISBN 0953784517.

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