Clive Cheesman

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Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary, wearing his ceremonial tabard

Clive Edwin Alexander Cheesman (born 1968) is an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London, and is currently Richmond Herald, having been appointed on 7 April 2010.[1] Cheesman was formerly a curator in the Department of Coins and Medals in the British Museum. He was Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary from 17 November 1998 to 7 April 2010.[1][2] Cheesman has a degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics or 'Greats') from Oxford University, where he was at Oriel. In 1993 he was awarded the degree of PhD from the Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici di San Marino, with a doctoral thesis on Roman history.[3] He is co-editor of The Heraldry Society's journal, The Coat of Arms, and from 2008 to 2013 was Chairman of The Friends of The National Archives. He received a Diploma in Law from City University, London, in 1995 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of Middle Temple in October 1996.

Cheesman's coat of arms was granted by the College of Arms shortly after his appointment as Rouge Dragon. On 31 December 1999, arms were granted with the blazon Per pale and per pall Argent and Sable. These were granted along with a crest blazoned A Crow Sable gorged with an ancient British Torque Or alighting on a man's Skull resting on its side Argent.

Cheeseman became Richmond Herald of Arms in Ordinary in 2010 vacating the Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary which to date lays vacant.


Cheesman, Clive, and Williams, Jonathan, Rebels, Pretenders and Impostors (London: British Museum Press, 2000), ISBN 0-312-23866-5.

Cheesman, Clive (ed.), The Armorial of Haiti. Symbols of Nobility in the Reign of Henry Christophe. With a historical introduction by Marie-Lucie Vendryes and a preface by Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, Governor-General of Canada (London: College of Arms, 2007), ISBN 978-0-9506980-2-1.

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Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Timothy Duke
Rouge Dragon Pursuivant
Succeeded by
to be announced
Preceded by
Patric Dickinson
Richmond Herald