Thomas Woodcock (officer of arms)

Thomas Woodcock CVO DL FSA (born 20 May 1951), Garter Principal King of Arms, is a member of the Royal Household and the senior herald and genealogist at the College of Arms in London.[1]

Thomas Woodcock

Woodcock, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, processing at the Garter Ceremony (2006)
(Photograph by: Philip Allfrey)
Born (1951-05-20) 20 May 1951
EducationUniversity College, Durham;
Darwin College, Cambridge
Alma materEton College
OccupationHerald and Genealogist
Years active1978–present
EmployerElizabeth II
OrganisationCollege of Arms
TitleGarter Principal King of Arms
PredecessorSir Peter Gwynn-Jones
Spouse(s)Lucinda Harmsworth King
Awards (CVO)


Woodcock was educated at Eton College before going up to University College, Durham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then pursued further studies at Darwin College, Cambridge, becoming LLB. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple.

In 1998, Woodcock married Lucinda Harmsworth King.[2]


Woodcock began his heraldic career in 1975 as a research assistant to Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms. In 1978 he was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant.[3] In 1982 he was promoted to Somerset Herald,[4] becoming Norroy and Ulster in 1997,[5] then Garter Principal King of Arms on 1 April 2010.[6]


Woodcock was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 1996 Birthday Honours, promoted Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[7][8] Appointed Genealogist of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in June 2017 in succession to William Hunt, Windsor Herald,[9] in July 2018 he became an Officer of the Order (OStJ).[10]

A Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Lancashire since December 2005,[11] he assists the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Shuttleworth, to represent Queen Elizabeth II throughout the county.

See also


Coat of arms of Thomas Woodcock
20 April 1961
Out of a circlet or charged with three roses gules barbed and seeded proper a dexter arm embowed in armour also proper garnished gold, the hand grasping a scimitar likewise proper hilt and pommel gold.
Or on a bend cotised gules three cross crosslets fitchy of the field.[12]
Leges Juraque Serva ("Observe the laws and ordinances")

See also


  1. The College of Arms Newsletter 21 June 2009
  3. "No. 47661". The London Gazette. 12 October 1978. p. 12091.
  4. "No. 49155". The London Gazette. 1 November 1982. p. 14201.
  5. "No. 54756". The London Gazette. 6 May 1997. p. 5349.
  6. "No. 59385". The London Gazette. 8 April 2010. p. 6033.
  7. "No. 54427". The London Gazette. 14 June 1996. p. 4.
  8. "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 4.
  9. The College of Arms Newsletter no. 51 (July 2017)
  10. "No. 62346". The London Gazette. 6 July 2018. p. 1.
  11. "No. 57843". The London Gazette. 16 December 2005. p. 16252.
  12. Chesshyre, Hubert (2001). Heralds of today: A biographical list of the officers of the College of Arms, London, 1987–2001. London: Illuminata. ISBN 0953784517.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Rouge Croix Pursuivant
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
Preceded by
Rodney Dennys
Somerset Herald
Succeeded by
David Vines White
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
Succeeded by
Patric Laurence Dickinson
Preceded by
Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones
Garter Principal King of Arms

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