Cecil Humphery-Smith

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Cecil Humphery-Smith
Born29 October 1928
EducationHurstpierpoint College, Cambridge University
OccupationBiochemist,[1] heraldrist

Cecil Raymond Julian Humphery-Smith, OBE FSA FHS FRHSC (born 29 October 1928) is a British genealogist and heraldist.

Early life[edit]

Cecil Humphery-Smith was born on 29 October 1928. He was educated at Hurstpierpoint College and later studied Biochemistry at Cambridge University.[1]


Following some years in Italy working with tomatoes for Heinz[1] and other companies, it was Humphery-Smith who brought the concept of family history to the world of genealogy with his 1957 lecture "Introducing Family History." In 1961, he founded the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury and has edited its journal, FAMILY HISTORY since 1962.[2] In 2008 Humphery-Smith was awarded an honorary Fellowship of Canterbury Christ Church University.[2]

Humphery-Smith has been a lecturer at University of London and other institutions for much of his professional career. He also serves as a Fellow with the International Commission on Orders of Chivalry.[3] He has long been the only British member of Council of L'Académie Internationale d'Héraldique and has received several other academic and literary honours and awards from around the world. In 2004, he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for "Services to Education in Heraldry and Genealogy."[2][4]

Coats of Arms designed by Cecil Humphrey-Smith[edit]

  • Maureen Elizabeth Jaunsen[5]

See also[edit]

The Heraldry Society


  1. ^ a b c http://www.kentlive.news/whitstable-pearl-cecil-humphery-smith/story-12007593-detail/story.html
  2. ^ a b c "Honorary fellowship for Cecil Humphery-Smith". Canterbury Christ Church University. 13 May 2008. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.icocregister.org/patronsandmembers.htm
  4. ^ [1] Cecil Humphery-Smith, Esq, OBE, FSA on the Debretts website
  5. ^ Heraldry Gazette NS 71 (March 1999), p. 7.

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