Heraldic Authorities and Institutes
College of Arms — Court of Lord Lyon — Office of the Chief Herald — Commonwealth — Elsewhere — Other Heraldic Institutions
Also see: Ceremonies, Customs and Protocol
Heraldic authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is exercised through the College of Arms, London.
- Subscription to College of Arms quarterly newsletter
- Some news about the College of Arms and its decisions is occasionally published in The London Gazette (see the State Notices section) and the The Belfast Gazette (again, see the State Notices section). These are two of the three official newspapers of record in the United Kingdom.
- A member of C.U.H.&G.S. has offered the Society a set of links to heraldic articles.
- College of Arms Foundation
- The Library of the College of Arms – brief description (from Volume 3 of Skin Deep, the biannual newsletter of J. Hewit and Sons Ltd)
- Biography of G.W.Mashall, Esq., LL.D., F.S.A., York Herald
- Creation of a King of Arms (Norroy) in 1741
- Dealings with the Home Office – Home > Laws & Policy > Policy instructions > NIs > A-C > College of Arms: Enquiries at the Home Office site
- Newspaper Articles
- Sir Colin Cole, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., T.D. (1922-2001), sometime Garter Principal King of Arms:
- Sir Walter Verco, K.C.V.O. (1907-2001), Surrey Herald Extraordinary and sometime Norroy and Ulster King of Arms:
- The Most Noble the Duke of Norfolk, K.G., G.C.V.O., C.B., C.B.E., M.C., Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England (1915–2002):
- M. Maclagan, Esq., C.V.O. (1914–2003), sometime Richmond Herald of Arms
- J.P. Brooke-Little, Esq., C.V.O. (1927–2006), sometime Clarenceux King of Arms
- F.S. Andrus, Esq., L.V.O. (1915-2009), Beaumont Herald of Arms Extraordinary and sometime Lancaster Herald of Arms:
- Sir Peter Gwynne-Jones, K.C.V.O. (1940-2010), sometime Garter Principal King of Arms:
- Mrs Rodney Dennys (c. 1914-1999), widow of a Somerset Herald who had served in MI6 (from The Guardian – Wednesday, February 10th, 1999)
Scotland has a separate heraldic authority.
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.
- New Zealand (official site) – New Zealand does not have a separate heraldic authority in the way that Canada does but there is a New Zealand Herald Extraordinary who acts as a deputy to Garter King of Arms in New Zealand
- Canadian Heraldry Authority (official site) – Canada became a separate heraldic jurisdiction in 1988
- Bureau of Heraldry, South Africa
Heraldic Authorities Elsewhere
- The Heraldry Unit of the Swedish State Archive (in Swedish only)
- In Belgium:
- De Vlaamse Heraldische Raad (The Flemish Heraldic Council)
- Le Conseil d'héraldique et de vexillologie de la
Communauté française de Belgique – no web site yet
- Office for Nobility and Orders in the
Protocol Directorate (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and a council
(Conseil de noblesse) – responsible for noble arms
- The Institute of Heraldry – supplies "heraldic services to the armed forces and other United States government organizations, including the Executive Office of the President"
Other Heraldic Institutions
Main Page of Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society
Main Page of University of Cambridge
Contact Officers of the Society by electronic mail
Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society
Last updated St Michael and All Angels, 2007