Sir Isaac Heard
10 December 1730|
Ottery St Mary, England
|Died||29 April 1822(aged 91)|
Sir Isaac Heard (10 December 1730 – 29 April 1822) was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. He began his heraldic career as Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary. He would go on to hold the posts of Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary, Norroy King of Arms and Brunswick King of Arms. In 1784, he was appointed Garter Principal King of Arms. It was in this capacity that he helped to plan the funeral of Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson. Heard continued as Garter until his death in 1822 at the age of 91.
He married Katherine Tyler of Boston, Massachusetts, widow of Captain David Ochterlony and mother of Sir David Ochterlony Bt, who rose to the rank of Major General in the East India Company.
He is mentioned in the poem "Epitaph on a tuft-hunter" by Thomas Moore 1779-1852:
Lament, lament, Sir Isaac Heard,
Put mourning round thy page, Debrett,
For here lies one who ne'er preferred
A Viscount to a Marquis yet.
Beside him place the God of Wit,
Before him Beauty's rosiest girls,
Apollo for a _star_ he'd quit,
And Love's own sister for an Earl's.
Did niggard fate no peers afford,
He took of course to peers' relations;
And rather than not sport a Lord
Put up with even the last creations;
Even Irish names could he but tag 'em
With "Lord" and "Duke," were sweet to call;
And at a pinch Lord Ballyraggum
Was better than no Lord at all.
Heaven grant him now some noble nook,
For rest his soul! he'd rather be
Genteelly damned beside a Duke,
Than saved in vulgar company.
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