Robert Noel is the son of Hon. Gerard Eyre Wriothesley Noel, of Westington Mill, Chipping Campden, and grandson of the 4th Earl of Gainsborough. He was educated at Ampleforth College, Exeter College, Oxford and St Edmund's College, Cambridge.
Noel worked as a shipbroker, a library assistant at the College of Arms, and an auctioneer for Christie's of London, before being appointed Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary at the College of Arms in October 1992. He was promoted to Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary in September 1999.
Since becoming Lancaster Herald, Noel has become a Freeman of the City of London, as well as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass (1991).
Coat of arms
Robert Noel's armorial bearings are blazoned:
His family motto is Tout bien ou rien.
- Heralds of Today: A Biographical List of the Officers of the College of Arms, London, 1987-2001, Hubert Chesshyre and Adrian Ailes, (Illuminata, London 2001) ISBN 0-9537845-1-7
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