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 heraldic badge of Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary
|Jurisdiction||England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|Governing body||College of Arms|
|Chief officer||Robert Noel, Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary|
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)|
|Thomas Wall, Esq.||1509–1526|
|William Jennings or Jenys, Esq.||1526–1527|
|William Fellows, Esq.||1527–1531|
|Fulk ap Howell, Esq.||1531–1536|
|Thomas Milner, Esq.||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|
|Sir Isaac Heard||1761–1774|
|Thomas Lock, Esq.||1774–1781|
|Edmund Lodge, Esq., FSA||1793–1822|
|George Frederick Beltz KH, FSA||1822–1841|
|Sir Albert William Woods,
GCVO, KCB, KCMG, KGStJ, FSA
|George Edward Cokayne, Esq., FSA||1870–1882|
|Edward Bellasis, Esq.||1882–1922|
|Archibald George Blomefield Russell, Esq., CVO, FSA||1922–1954|
|John Riddell Bromhead Walker, Esq., CVO, MC||1954–1968|
|Francis Sedley Andrus, Esq., LVO||1972–1982|
|Peter Llewellyn Gwynn-Jones, Esq., CVO, FSA||1982–1995|
|Robert John Baptist Noel, Esq.||1999–Present|
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