Howard Pursuivant Extraordinary

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Howard Pursuivant Extraordinary
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The heraldic badge of Howard Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary
Heraldic tradition Gallo-British
Jurisdiction England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Governing body College of Arms

Howard Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary is an officer of arms extraordinary in England. As such, Howard is a royal herald, but is not a member of the College of Arms in London.

The present office was created in November 1992 by the Earl Marshal, who was also the Duke of Norfolk. The name of the office is taken from the barony of Howard of Glossop (created in 1869), to which the 17th Duke inherited in 1972, from his father the 3rd Baron. The Duke himself have never used the title, since his mother's barony of Beaumont takes precedence.[1]

The badge of office was assigned in 1992: A cross-crosslet fitchy argent enclosed within a pair of wings displayed and reflexed gold. The crosslet is taken from the Howard's Arms and crest. Whilst the wings alluded to one of the Howard's crest and also the swiftness of the pursuivant as a messenger.[1]

There have only been one appointment to this office since its creation.

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  1. ^ a b c Chesshyre, Hubert; Ailes, Adrian (2001). Heralds of Today, A Biographical List of the Officers of the College of Arms, London, 1987-2001. London: Illuminata Publishers. pp. 55–56. ISBN 0-9537845-1-7. 

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