Henry Farnham Burke

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Sir Henry Farnham Burke, KCVO, CB, FSA (1859–1930) was a long-serving Anglo-Irish officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.


A son of Sir Bernard Burke (who was Ulster King of Arms from 1853 until his death in 1892), Henry Burke was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary in 1880. In 1887, Burke was promoted to the office of Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary. On 26 October 1911, Burke was promoted to Norroy King of Arms to replace Sir William Henry Weldon.[1] In that post he was responsible for the design of the Military Cross.[2][3] In 1913 he was given the additional appointment of Genealogist of the Order of the Bath.[4] On 22 January 1919, he was promoted to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms on the death of Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty.[5] He held this office until his own death in 1930.

Burke was invested as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by King Edward VII at Buckingham Palace on 11 August 1902,[6][7] and was later promoted to become Knight Commander (KCVO) of the Order. He was awarded CB in the 1911 Coronation Honours.[8]


Coat of arms of Henry Farnham Burke
Arms of Sir John Bernard Burke.svg
A cat-a-mountain sejant gardant proper, collar & chain or, on the breast a cross or.
Or, a cross gules with a lion sable in the first and fourth quarters.[9]
Ung Roy, Ung Foy, Ung Loy ("One king, one faith, one law")
the circlet of the Royal Victorian Order as KCVO
After the arms of the House of de Burgh.

Heraldic succession[edit]

Heraldic offices
Preceded by Rouge Croix Pursuivant
Succeeded by
Preceded by Somerset Herald
Succeeded by
Preceded by Norroy King of Arms
Succeeded by
Preceded by Garter King of Arms
Succeeded by

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 28545". The London Gazette. 27 October 1911. p. 7794.
  2. ^ “The Military Cross: The New British War Decoration,” Illustrated London News, vol. 146, no. 3959 (6 March 1915): 1.
  3. ^ Hoyte C. Evans, “Kitchener and the Military Cross,” Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America (March–April 1957): 14–15, accessed 3 November 2020, http://www.omsa.org/files/jomsa_arch/Splits/1957/87251_JOMSA_1957_March-April_13.pdf
  4. ^ "No. 28697". The London Gazette. 7 March 1913. p. 1756.
  5. ^ "No. 31168". The London Gazette. 7 February 1919. p. 1956.
  6. ^ "Court Circular". The Times. No. 36844. London. 12 August 1902. p. 8.
  7. ^ "No. 27467". The London Gazette. 22 August 1902. pp. 5461–5462.
  8. ^ "No. 28505". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 June 1911. p. 4593.
  9. ^ Godfrey, Walter H; Wagner, Anthony (1963). "'Garter King of Arms', in Survey of London Monograph 16, College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street (London, 1963), pp. 38-74". british-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2018.

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