Lancaster Herald
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Lancaster Herald
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 officerRobert Noel, Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary

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.

The current Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary is Robert John Baptist Noel, MA (Oxford), MPhil (Cambridge).

Holders of the office

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

See also


  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.
  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.
  • 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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