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

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)
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 Cockayne.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. 1999–2021 [15]
Vacant 2021–present

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.