Lancaster Herald
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

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

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)
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 also

References

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.
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