Clarenceux King of Arms

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Clarenceux King of Arms
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The arms of office of the Clarenceux King of Arms
Heraldic tradition Gallo-British
Jurisdiction England and Wales south of the river Trent
Governing body College of Arms

Clarenceux King of Arms, historically often spelled Clarencieux, is an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. Clarenceux is the senior of the two provincial kings of arms and his jurisdiction is that part of England south of the River Trent. The office almost certainly existed in 1420, and there is a fair degree of probability that there was a Claroncell rex heraldus armorum in 1334. There are also some early references to the southern part of England being termed Surroy, but there is not firm evidence that there was ever a king of arms so called. The title of Clarenceux is supposedly derived from either the Honour (or estates of dominion) of the Clare earls of Gloucester, or from the Dukedom of Clarence (1362). With minor variations, the arms of Clarenceux have, from the late fifteenth century, been blazoned as Argent a Cross on a Chief Gules a Lion passant guardant crowned with an open Crown Or.

The current Clarenceux King of Arms is Patric Laurence Dickinson, LVO, FSG, MA (Oxon).

Holders of the office[edit]

Brackets indicate a date for which there is evidence the named person held this office

Clarenceux King of Arms Thomas Hawley in a 1556 grant of arms
The current Clarenceux King of Arms, Patric Laurence Dickinson, on Garter Day, dressed in the robe of the Secretary of the Order.

See also[edit]


  • The College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street : being the sixteenth and final monograph of the London Survey Committee, Walter H. Godfrey, assisted by Sir Anthony Wagner, with a complete list of the officers of arms, prepared by H. Stanford London, (London, 1963)
  • A History of the College of Arms &c, Mark Noble, (London, 1804)

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