Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, 10th Baronet

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Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld wearing his ceremonial tabard during an annual Garter Service at St George's Windsor

Sir Henry Edgar Paston-Bedingfeld, 10th Baronet (born 7 December 1943) is a retired King-at-Arms of the College of Arms in London and former member of the Royal Household; he is also a baronet.

Family and career[edit]

Educated at Ampleforth College, he was the only son of Sir Edmund Paston-Bedingfeld, 9th Baronet of Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, by his wife Joan Lynette Rees and succeeded to the family title upon his father's death on 24 May 2011.[1]

Paston-Bedingfeld served as Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, the junior of the two provincial Kings-at-Arms with jurisdiction over the north of England and Ulster, between 2010 and 2014.[2] He had previously been York Herald since 1993[3] and prior to that Rouge Croix Pursuivant from 1983.[4]

He is an Honorary Vice-President of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society and of the Norfolk Record Society;[5] Sir Henry is a liveryman of the Bowyers' Company and served as Master of the Scriveners' Company for 2012-13.

He married, in 1968, Mary Kathleen daughter of Brigadier Robert Ambrose CIE OBE MC. Sir Henry and Lady Paston-Bedingfeld have two sons and two daughters; their elder son, Richard (born 1975) is heir apparent to the baronetcy.

Selected heraldic designs by Paston-Bedingfeld[edit]



Arms of Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, 10th Baronet
1. An Eagle displayed Or (Bedingfeld),
2. A Griffin sejant wings elevated Or gorged with a Collar Gules therefrom a Line held in the beak and terminating in a Ring of the Last (Paston)
That of a Knight
Quarterly, 1st & 4th Ermine an Eagle displayed Gules (Bedingfeld), 2nd & 3rd Argent six Fleurs-de-lys three two and one Azure a Chief indented Or (Paston)
1. Despicio terrena, Solem contemplor ("I despise earthly things, I gaze upon the Sun"),
2. De mieulx je pense en mieulx ("I think of better and better things")
A baronet's badge suspended beneath the arms
A Baronet's badge:
Previous versions
Sir Henry impaled his company's arms with those of his family during his year of office as Master Scrivener[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "College of Arms, What's New - Norroy and Ulster King of Arms". Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 53435. p. 15437. 23 September 1993. Retrieved 30 November 2007.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 49291. p. 3737. 17 March 1983. Retrieved 30 November 2007.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Heraldry Gazette NS 67 (March 1998), 6.
  7. ^ The Heraldry Gazette NS 64 (June 1997), 6.
  8. ^ Heraldry Gazette NS 67 (March 1998), 7.
  9. ^ Scriveners' Company arms

External links[edit]

Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Sir Edmund Paston-Bedingfeld
Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
(as 10th baronet)

Succeeded by
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Woodcock
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Rouge Croix Pursuivant
1983 – 1993
Succeeded by
David Vines White
Preceded by
Peter Spurrier
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York Herald
1993 – 2010
Succeeded by
Peter O'Donoghue
Preceded by
Patric Laurence Dickinson
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Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
2010 – 2014
Succeeded by
Timothy Duke
Civic offices
Preceded by
Peter Esslemont
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Master of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners
Succeeded by
John Tunesi of Liongam