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Heraldic Authorities and Institutes

College of ArmsCourt of Lord LyonOffice of the Chief HeraldCommonwealthElsewhereOther Heraldic Institutions

Also see: Ceremonies, Customs and Protocol

The College of Arms, United Kingdom Reading List Available

Heraldic authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is exercised through the College of Arms, London.

The Court of Lord Lyon, Scotland

Scotland has a separate heraldic authority.

The Office of the Chief Herald, Ireland

From 1552 to 1943, the heraldic authority in Ireland was Ulster King of Arms. (There had earlier been an Ireland King of Arms.) In 1943, the Office of the Chief Herald was created and the title of Ulster conjoined to that of the provincial king of arms for northern England, Norroy King of Arms.

Commonwealth Heraldic Authorities

Not surprisingly, heraldic authorities (in their various forms) in Commonwealth (and former Commonwealth) countries owe much to the English heraldic tradition and, to a lesser extent, that of Scotland also.

Heraldic Authorities Elsewhere

Other Heraldic Institutions

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