CVO FSA FHS
|Born||22 June 1940 (age 77)|
|Education||The King's School, Canterbury|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge
Christ Church, Oxford
|Occupation||Officer of Arms|
|Employer||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Organization||College of Arms|
|Notable work||(with P.J. Begent) The Most Noble Order of the Garter: 650 Years (London, 1999)
(with T. Woodcock), Dictionary of British Arms: Medieval Ordinary vol. i (London, 1992)
|Salary||£20.25 (as a provincial king of arms)
£17.80 (as a herald)
£13.95 (as a pursuivant)
£100 (as secretary of the Order of the Garter)
|Title||Clarenceux King of Arms|
|Awards|| Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order 1988
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order 2003
Chesshyre served for more than forty years as an officer of arms in ordinary to Queen Elizabeth II and as a member of Her Majesty's Household. In his most senior appointment he served as Clarenceux King of Arms, the second most senior heraldic appointment in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and many other Commonwealth realms. He also held other senior public appointments, including those of Registrar of the College of Arms, Secretary of the Order of the Garter, and Honorary Genealogist to the Royal Victorian Order, of which he is himself a Commander. Chesshyre's heraldic and genealogical clients included former Prime Minister Edward Heath, former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine, former Attorney General Peter Rawlinson, the current Speaker John Bercow, the former Speaker Betty Boothroyd, and senior clerics in the Church of England, such as former Archbishop of York David Hope, as well as actor John Hurt, former Beatle Paul McCartney, author Terry Pratchett, and businessman Alan Sugar. Chesshyre is also the author or editor of eight books and the author of numerous articles and reviews.
In the patrilineal line Chesshyre belongs to the family of Isacke of North Foreland Lodge. On 4 and 5 July 1938, respectively, Chesshyre's father, Captain Hubert Chesshyre, RE (later a colonel), and uncle, Neville Chesshyre (later a brigadier and a Military CBE), executed, attested, and enrolled deeds at the College of Arms changing their surname from Isacke to Chesshyre. Colonel Chesshyre was the son of Major General Hubert Isacke, CB, CSI, CMG, six times mentioned in despatches, late Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Major General Chesshyre's father was Colonel Henry Isacke, late RA, himself the son of Robert Isacke, Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Kent, sometime Commander in the Honourable East India Company Maritime Service.
Robert Isacke's wife, Chesshyre's 2nd-great-grandmother, Matilda Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, was the daughter of Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, de jure 7th Earl of Dundee, and great-granddaughter of Charles Maitland, 6th Earl of Lauderdale, through his son Captain the Hon Frederick Maitland, RN. Chesshyre has written that he is proud, as an English herald, to be related, through his 2nd-great-grandmother, to both the Bearer of the Royal Banner (Alexander Scrymgeour, 12th Earl of Dundee) and the Bearer of the National Flag of Scotland (Ian Maitland, 18th Earl of Lauderdale).
Through Henry Isacke's wife, Louisa Chesshyre, subsequent generations of the family are descended from the family of Chesshyre of Barton Court, Canterbury. Louisa Chesshyre's father was the Reverend William Chesshyre, Rector of Canterbury St Martin and St Paul, Rural Dean of Canterbury, Proctor in Convocation for the Diocese of Canterbury, and Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. Canon Chesshyre's father was Vice-Admiral of the Blue John Chesshyre. Through this common ancestry Chesshyre is a first cousin twice removed of the Law Lord Lord Tomlin.
Through his paternal grandmother Ada Layard, Chesshyre is also descended from the Huguenot family of de Layarde, anglicised as Layard. Chesshyre's great-grandfather in this line is Sir Charles Layard, who was Attorney General of Ceylon 1892–1902 and Chief Justice of Ceylon 1902–1906, and was himself the son of Sir Charles Layard, KCMG, Government Agent for the Western Provinces of Ceylon 1851–78, himself in turn the grandson in the maternal line of Gualterus Mooyaart, Administrator of Jaffna for the Dutch East India Company. Another of Chesshyre's 3rd-great-grandfathers in this line was Lieutenant Colonel Clement Edwards, Assistant Military Secretary to Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, son-in-law of his 4th-great-grandfather the Very Reverend Dr Charles Layard, FRS, Dean of Bristol 1800–03, himself the son of Daniel Layard, DCL, DM, LCP, FRS. The family was established in England by Chesshyre's 6th-great-grandfather Pierre de Layarde, of Monflanquin, who attended William, Prince of Orange during the Glorious Revolution, eventually attaining the rank of Major, settled at Canterbury, and became a British subject in 1713, adopting the name Peter Layard. Appropriately, Peter Layard married his wife Marie Anne Crozé on 2 March 1716/17 at the church of St Benet's, Paul's Wharf, the church of the College of Arms.
Through his mother, Katharine Boothby, daughter of Major Basil Boothby, RE, Chesshyre's 3rd-great-grandfather was Major Sir William Boothby, 7th baronet, 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) Regiment of Foot, and Chesshyre is therefore a relation of the Boothby baronets of Broadlow Ash. Chesshyre's uncle, his mother's brother, was Basil Boothby, CMG, who served as British ambassador to Iceland and married Susan Asquith, a granddaughter of the Prime Minister H. H. Asquith.
Interestingly, Chesshyre is the 10th-great-grandson of Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby (1485 creation), by his illegitimate son also called Henry Stanley. He is in turn descended from Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, who in 1555 presented Derby Place to the Crown as the home of the Heralds' College (now the College of Arms). Chesshyre is therefore also the 12th-great-grandson of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk (1483 creation), himself the grandson of Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk (1397 creation), grandson of Margaret, Duchess of Norfolk (1397 creation suo jure for life), granddaughter of Edward I of England. Chesshyre is appropriately a relation of the Lords and Earls Marshal and Hereditary Marshals of England, who are the heads of the College of Arms, where he was an officer for so many years, and of many Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter, of which he was Secretary. Through Chesshyre's Derby connection it is possible to trace his ancestry to many of the royal and noble families of Europe.
Chesshyre is also a kinsman of Sir John Chesshyre (1662–1738), Prime Serjeant at Law to Queen Anne and King George I. It was his inheriting a portrait of Sir John that sparked Chesshyre's interest in genealogy. In 1976 Chesshyre attended the ceremony to mark the reopening of the Chesshyre Library, Halton, Cheshire, founded by Sir John in 1733. To mark the occasion a painting of the arms of Sir John and Lady Chesshyre, donated by the Chesshyre family, and produced by the College of Arms, was presented to the library.
Education and early career
Chesshyre was educated at St Michael's Preparatory School, Otford (contemporary with John Hurt and a pupil of Roy Martin Haines) and The King's School, Canterbury (The Grange House 1954–59). He maintains a close relationship with The King's School. In 2010 the school's Legacy Club (a club for Old King's Scholars pledging a proportion of their estate to the school) launched a tie whose design was contributed to by Chesshyre. The tie is blue scattered with silver mitres and golden crowns, reflecting the dual influence of Church and State on the school and the ways in which OKS have served both Church and State in return.
Chesshyre undertook his undergraduate education at Trinity College, Cambridge (BA in French and German and MA). After graduating from Cambridge Chesshyre spent about four years working as a schoolmaster and vintner, including working for Moët et Chandon and John Harvey & Sons. He then studied at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was awarded a Diploma in Education in 1967.
Despite his background in a military family, Chesshyre served only briefly in the Honourable Artillery Company from 1964 until 1965. While serving with the HAC he fired the 19-gun salute at the Tower of London for the state funeral of Winston Churchill.
Having received his Diploma in Education from Oxford, Chesshyre did not enter the teaching profession, but instead was appointed in 1967 to a position as an assistant at the College of Arms. He was a Green Staff Officer at the Investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969. Appointed a member of the Chapter of the College of Arms the following year, he served as Rouge Croix Pursuivant (1970–78), Chester Herald (1978–95), Norroy and Ulster King of Arms and Principal Herald of the North part of England and of Northern Ireland (1995–97), and Clarenceux King of Arms and Principal Herald for the South, East and West parts of England (1997–2010). From 1971 until 1978 he also served on the staff of Anthony Wagner. He was Registrar of the College of Arms from 1992 until 2000 and was the Founder Secretary of the College Uniform Fund in 1980, serving in that capacity until 1999.
Chesshyre was Secretary of the Order of the Garter from 1988 until 2003, having been trained for the role by his predecessor Walter Verco and by Verco's predecessor-but-one, Anthony Wagner. Upon his resignation from this office Chesshyre enjoyed the honour of an audience with The Queen at Buckingham Palace, during which he surrendered his badge of office. Following the 1992 Windsor Castle fire Chesshyre was, together with Peter Begent, appointed heraldic consultant for the reconstruction of St George's Hall. Chesshyre was also Honorary Genealogist of The Society of the Friends of St George's and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter.
As Ulster King of Arms (merged with Norroy) Chesshyre also held the extant, if effectively defunct, offices of King of Arms, Registrar, and Knight Attendant of the Order of St Patrick, meaning that he was, technically, briefly one of the two members of the Order, the other being Queen Elizabeth II as Sovereign.
From early in his career Chesshyre from time to time served as Deputy to Garter Principal King of Arms for the purpose of introducing peers into the House of Lords. For example, in 1975 he introduced Baroness Vickers.
Chesshyre retired from the College of Arms on 31 August 2010. His last public duties took place at the State Opening of Parliament on 25 May 2010 and at the Garter Day ceremony on 14 June 2010. Commentating on the State Opening for the BBC, Huw Edwards remarked upon Chesshyre's forty years of service.
The following is a partial list of clients for whom Chesshyre acted as agent for a grant of arms. The agent is responsible for the design of the arms (sometimes in collaboration with the client) and for the administrative procedures required for the formal grant to take place.
- The Revd Dr D.W.H. Arnold, ChStJ, Principal of St Chad's College, University of Durham 1994–97
- Raymond Arnold
- The Rt Hon John Bercow, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons since 2009
- The Rt Hon Baroness Boothroyd, OM, PC, Speaker of the House of Commons 1992–2000, Chancellor of the Open University 1994–2006
- The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, KCVO, ChStJ, Bishop of London, Prelate of the Order of the British Empire, and Dean of the Chapels Royal 1995–
- The Venerable Peter Delaney, MBE, Archdeacon of London 1999–2009 (now Emeritus), Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and Worshipful Company of World Traders
- Sir (Francis) Herbert du Heaume, CIE, OBE, KPM, upon whom was also conferred the Indian Police Medal, Deputy Inspector General of Police in British India 1942–47.
- Sir Ewen Fergusson, GCMG, GCVO, Grand Officier Légion d'honneur, UK Ambassador South Africa 1982–84 and France 1987–92, Deputy Under Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1984–87, King of Arms of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George 1996–2007.
- Dr Malcolm Golin
- Rear Admiral Sir Donald Gosling, KCVO, KStJ, President of the White Ensign Association 1993–, Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom 2012–. Joint Chairman of National Car Parks 1950–98.
- The Rt Hon Sir Edward Heath, KG, MBE, Leader of the Conservative Party 1965–75, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1970–74, Father of the House of Commons 1992–2001
- Paul Holmer, CMG, UK Ambassador Ivory Coast, Upper Volta, and Niger 1972–75 and Romania 1979–83, Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative to NATO 1976–79.
- The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Hope of Thornes, KCVO, PC, Bishop of Wakefield 1985–91, Bishop of London, Prelate of the Order of the British Empire, and Dean of the Chapels Royal 1991–95, Archbishop of York, Primate of England, and Metropolitan 1995–2005, Judge of the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved 2006–11
- Sir Robert Horton, Chairman of British Petroleum 1990–92, Chairman of Railtrack 1993–99, Chancellor of the University of Kent 1990–95 (contemporary with Chesshyre at the King's School, Canterbury, of which he was governor 1984–2005 and governor emeritus 2005–11)
- John Hurt, CBE, actor (Chesshyre's contemporary at St Michael's Preparatory School, Otford and friend)
- Brian North Lee, founder of the Bookplate Society, author of more than thirty books on bookplates.
- Sir Paul McCartney, MBE
- Professor John Morehen, JP, FRCO, FRCCO, Hon FGCM, Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians
- The Very Revd Dr John Moses, KCVO, Dean of St Paul's and of the Orders of St Michael and St George and of the British Empire 1996–2006
- The Rt Hon Lord Palumbo, Chairman of Tate Gallery Foundation 1986–87, Arts Council of Great Britain 1989–94, and Serpentine Gallery 1994–, Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth 1992–2007
- The Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten, Dean of Norwich 1995–2003, Bishop of Wakefield since 2003
- Kenneth Porter
- Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE
- Dr Andreas Prindl, CBE, deputy chairman and member of the Council of Lloyd's, Visiting Professor in the Renmin University of China, and governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School. Formerly chairman and managing director of Nomura Bank International, President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, President of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, Provost of Gresham College, and Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians
- Mr Michael Pugh, FRCS, FRCOG, Master of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries 1997/8
- Dr Bernard Rose, OBE, Lecturer in Music, University of Oxford 1950–81 (Choragus 1958–63), Fellow, Organist, and Informator Choristarum, Magdalen College, Oxford 1957–81 (Vice-President 1973–1975), President of the Royal College of Organists 1974–76
- The Rt Hon Lord Sugar
- Michael Wade, Treasurer of the Conservative Party
- Dean of St Paul's (formal grant of traditional arms)
- Southwark Cathedral
- Suffragan Bishops of Kingston-upon-Thames, Woolwich, and Croydon in the Diocese of Southwark
- Blacktown City Council, New South Wales, Australia
- The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
- College of Estate Management (now University College of Estate Management)
- Highgate School
- Institution of Mining and Metallurgy
- Monkton Combe Junior School (now Monkton Combe Preparatory School) (badge only)
- Monkton Combe School (formal grant of traditional arms)
- University of Glamorgan
- Goodwin PLC 
In the autumn of 1983 Chesshyre undertook genealogical research for the Rt Hon Michael Heseltine, MP, then Secretary of State for Defence. He succeeded in tracing Heseltine's ancestors down to the end of the eighteenth century, but dropped his enquiries after Heseltine was informed that further research would cost him £350. Between 1970 and 1975 Chesshyre also undertook work on behalf of the Rt Hon Sir Peter Rawlinson, QC, MP, Attorney General for England and Wales and Attorney General for Northern Ireland.
Further public career and professional activities
In his personal capacity, Chesshyre served as heraldic advisor to the committee that organised the re-enactment of the funeral of Arthur, Prince of Wales in Worcester on 3 May 2002. On the day of the re-enactment, Chesshyre processed through the streets of Worcester bearing Arthur's crested helm, followed by other heralds bearing his sword, tabard, gauntlets, and spurs.
In 2006 Chesshyre had the honour of participating in the 27th International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences at St Salvator's College University of St Andrews in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal.
Chesshyre has enjoyed a long professional association with Westminster Abbey. In 1973 he completed at the request of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey a report entitled 'The Restoration of the Regalia to the Tomb of Queen Elizabeth the First in Westminster Abbey: Research into the Identity of the Collar Missing from the Queen's Marble Effigy'. He found 'that there was no clear evidence that the missing collar was a Garter collar', suggesting instead 'the "Three Brothers" pendant and collar shown in the Ermine portrait of Queen Elizabeth as a suitable model for the restoration'. He was later a member of the Abbey's Architectural Advisory Panel, from 1985 until 1998, and then of its Fabric Commission, from 1998 until 2003. Chesshyre was also heraldic advisor for the west window of the Henry VII Lady Chapel, donated by John Templeton and devised by Donald Buttress, which The Queen unveiled on 19 October 1995.
Chesshyre has worked as a freelance lecturer in the United Kingdom and abroad. For many years he lectured for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies and Speaker Finders.
Published comment and commentary
Interviewed by The Daily Telegraph in connection with the arms of Margaret and Denis Thatcher, Chesshyre said of his profession, 'A herald gets £17.80 per annum from the Queen. We did get a 100 per cent pay rise in 1617 but they reduced it again in 1831. We get part of the client's fee but it's not a job you do for the money.'
In 1981 Chesshyre was interviewed for a story in the German magazine Der Spiegel, where he elucidated aspects of the origins of heraldry and commented on the depiction of the sexual organs of animals in coats of arms.
Chesshyre has been credited with establishing the probable origins of the common error of using the term crest to refer to the whole achievement. He explains that in the 18th century it was common for smaller items, such as spoons and forks, to be engraved with the crest alone, while the full achievement was reserved for larger items such as salvers. For this reason a number of publications appeared from the late 18th century through to the early 20th century which recorded only crests. Chesshyre later successfully lobbied the chief revise editor of The Times to include an explanation of the precise meaning of the term crest in a new edition of the newspaper's staff manual.
Anthony Sampson referred to Chesshyre in his book The Changing Anatomy of Britain: 'Christ Church maintains its traditional disdain for twentieth-century activities, with an annual newsletter which reads like a parody of British snobberies, beginning with honours, Lords Lieutenants and royal service ('Mr DHB Chesshyre, formerly Rouge Croix Pursuivant, aptly became Chester Herald of Arms'), and ending with vulgar achievements in business, journalism and sport.'
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, which Chesshyre co-authored with Peter Begent and Lisa Jefferson, enjoyed the distinction of a foreword by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (p. 2) and of being 'Dedicated with permission to|Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II|Thirtieth Sovereign of the Order' (p. 4). One of the book's reviewers, John Goodall, wrote that it had been 'eagerly awaited' and was 'the most comprehensive' study of the subject since that of Elias Ashmole, and he wrote that it was 'unlikely to be superseded'. Another reviewer, Maurice Keen, wrote that it was 'invaluable to scholars whose interests touch on the history of the order, from the widest variety of points of view and period specialisation' and that 'Altogether, Peter Begent and Hubert Chesshyre have put together a volume that for its thoroughness, its interest and its physical attraction is a worthy tribute to the longevity of England's highest order of chivalry.' M.K. Ridgway, reviewing The Identification of Coats of Arms on British Silver, wrote that Chesshyre 'has the undoubted gift of making a difficult and complicated subject both exciting and interesting'. The Green, which Chesshyre co-authored with A.J. Robinson, was described by Victor E. Neuburg as 'The best—indeed only—comprehensive account of the subject'. During the period around 1970 to 1980 Chesshyre wrote another book on the history of Bethnal Green, Number Seventeen, or the History of 17 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green and the Natt Family. Although the book, though complete, has never been published, a copy is held, together with notes, maps, and correspondence, at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.
Chesshyre was a choral clerk of Trinity College, Cambridge during his time as a student there, and from 1971 until 2003 he was a lay clerk of Southwark Cathedral. From 1979 until 1993 Chesshyre was a member of The Bach Choir, of which he is now an Associate Member. Chesshyre now sings for the London Docklands Singers, which he joined in 2002. He has been, since 1980, a member of the Madrigal Society, the oldest musical society in Europe (see Madrigal). He became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 1994 and a Liveryman of the Company in 1995.
Chesshyre was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 11 June 1988 and was promoted to be a Commander of the Order (CVO) in the New Year Honours of 31 December 2003. Chesshyre was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Chesshyre was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1977. He is a member of the Croft Lyons Committee (the Society's heraldic committee) and since 1983 has been a member of the Cocked Hat Club (the senior of the Society's clubs), serving as Club President in 1986.
Chesshyre was a member of the Council of The Heraldry Society from 1973 until 1985, and he was elected a Fellow of the Society on 7 February 1990. Election to the Fellowship recognises 'outstanding achievement in connection with the art and science of heraldry' or 'armory, chivalry, precedence, ceremonial, genealogy, family history, and all kindred subjects'. The Society has 19 Fellows, of whom Chesshyre ranks fifth in seniority by date of election.
Chesshyre serves as Vice-President of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and Patron of the Middlesex Heraldry Society, and he has been honoured as an Associate Member of the Society of Heraldic Arts.
In 1998 the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society appointed Chesshyre to deliver its annual Mountbatten Memorial Lecture (Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma was President of the Cambridge University Society of Genealogists and Patron of CUHAGS). Two years later, Chesshyre was a guest of honour (together with the Master of Fitzwilliam College, representing the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Cambridge, Garter Principal King of Arms, York Herald, and the Chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies) at the CUHAGS Fiftieth Annual Dinner held in the Great Hall of Clare College on 25 March 2000.
Coat of arms
Although Chesshyre's family coat of arms has been in use since the seventeenth century, it was only formally granted in 1970, when Chesshyre was himself first appointed a member of the College of Arms.
- Peter Begent, Hubert Chesshyre, and Robert Harrison, 'The Heraldic Windows of St George's Chapel', in A History of the Stained Glass of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, ed. Sarah Brown (Historical monographs relating to St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, vol. 18; Windsor: Dean and Canons of Windsor, 2005)
- D.H.B. Chesshyre, 'Sir Edward Walker (1612–1677)', The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
- Anthony Harvey and Richard Mortimer, eds., The Funeral Effigies of Westminster Abbey (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1994; rev. edn. 2003) [contribution]
- Hubert Chesshyre and Adrian Ailes, Heralds of Today: A Biographical List of the Officers of the College of Arms, London, 1987–2001, with a foreword by the Earl of Arundel (London: Illuninata, 2001)
- D.H.B. Chesshyre, 'The Modern Herald', in Patricia Lovett, The British Library Companion to Calligraphy, Illumination and Heraldry: A History and Practical Guide (London: British Library, 2000), pp. 257–268
- Peter J. Begent and Hubert Chesshyre, The Most Noble Order of the Garter: 650 years, with a foreword by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh KG and a chapter on the statutes of the Order by Dr Lisa Jefferson (London: Spink, 1999)
- Hubert Chesshyre, Garter Banners of the Nineties (Windsor: College of Arms, 1998)
- Hubert Chesshyre, 'The Heraldry of the Garter Banners', Report of the Society of the Friends of St George's and the Descendants of the Knights of the Garter, vol. VII, no. 6 (1994/5), pp. 245–55
- D.H.B. Chesshyre and Thomas Woodcock, eds., Dictionary of British Arms: Medieval Ordinary vol. i (London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 1992)
- D.H.B. Chesshyre, 'The Most Noble Order of the Garter', in The Orders of the Thistle and the Garter (Kinross, 1989), pp. 27–46
- D.H.B. Chesshyre, 'Canting Heraldry', The Coat of Arms, NS 7 (1987–89), no. 138, pp. 29–31
- Hubert Chesshyre and Adrian Ailes, Heralds of Today: A Biographical List of the Officers of the College of Arms, London, 1963–86, with a foreword by the Duke of Norfolk, KG, Earl Marshal of England (Gerrards Cross: Van Duren, 1986)
- A.J. Robinson and D.H.B. Chesshyre, The Green: A History of the Heart of Bethnal Green and the Legend of the Blind Beggar (1st edn., London: Borough of Tower Hamlets, 1978; 2nd edn., London: London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Central Library, 1986)
- P.J. Begent and D.H.B. Chesshyre, 'The Spencer-Churchill Augmentations', The Coat of Arms, NS 6 (1984–86), no. 134, pp. 151–5
- D.H.B. Chesshyre, review of G.D. Squibb, Precedence in England and Wales (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981), The Antiquaries Journal, vol. 62, issue 2 (1982), pp. 435–436
- P.J. Begent and D.H.B. Chesshyre, 'The Fitzwilliam Armorial Plate in St George's Chapel, Windsor', The Coat of Arms, NS 4 (1980–82), no. 114, pp. 269–74
- D.H.B. Chesshyre, review of Richard Marks and Ann Payne, eds., British Heraldry from its Origins to c. 1800 (London: British Museum Publications, 1978), The Antiquaries Journal, vol. 59, issue 2 (1979), pp. 460–461
- Hubert Chesshyre, The Identification of Coats of Arms on British Silver, drawings by Margaret J. Clark (London: Hawkslure Publications, 1978)
- Carl Alexander von Volborth, Heraldry of the World, ed. D.H.B. Chesshyre, translated into English by Bob and Inge Gosney (London: Blandford Press, 1973)
- David Hubert Boothby Chesshyre, FSA, Rouge Croix Pursuivant, 'The Restoration of the Regalia to the Tomb of Queen Elizabeth the First in Westminster Abbey: Research into the Identity of the Collar Missing from the Queen's Marble Effigy' (Unpublished MS, 1973; The National Archives SAL/MS/852)
- Chesshyre formerly contributed regularly to the now defunct journal British History Illustrated.
Chesshyre in uniform with his successor Patric Dickinson
Short film about heraldry featuring Chesshyre and others
- "No. 34532". The London Gazette. 15 July 1938. p. 4651.
- "No. 34535". The London Gazette. 26 July 1938. p. 4856.
- The Seaxe: Newsletter of the Middlesex Heraldry Society, no. 35 (February 2001), p. 4
- T. Machado, Historic Canterbury: St Paul's Church (2007; accessed 18 November 2012).
- The London Gazette (18 August 1840), p. 1903. (Note John Chesshyre's promotion to this rank, which is overlooked in other sources.)
- Cracroft's Peerage. 17 September 2004. Accessed 10 June 2010. Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Huguenot Society of Great Britain & Ireland. Accessed 15 November 2012. Archived 7 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- G.E. Cokayne et al., eds., The Complete Peerage (new edn., 13 vols., 1910–59), i.128; iii.519.
- Samuel Smiles, The Huguenots: Their Settlements, Churches, and Industries, in England and Ireland (6th edn., London: John Murray, 1889), p. 409.
- Charles Mosley, ed., Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage (107th edn., 3 vols., Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books), 2003), i, 430, quoted in Darryl Lundy's Peerage website.
- Chesshyre and Ailes, Heralds of today 1963–86 (1986), p. 25. See also The Family of Sir Henry Stanley 4th Earl Of Derby and Jane Halsall Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Her Majesty's Heralds: A Talk by Our Guest Speaker Hubert Chesshyre, Clarenceux King of Arms, College of Arms (Wynkyn de Worde Society Luncheon|Stationers' Hall|Thursday 19 March 1998; 'Printed at The Cloister Press, Cambridge') [One piece of A4 card, folded once, with the relevant text on the former verso.]
- 'The History of St Mary's', on the website of Halton Parish. Accessed 4 January 2013.
- 'News of OKS', in For the Record [published by the OKS Association], No. 15 (May 2012), p. 1.[permanent dead link]
- 'The Legacy Club', O[ld] K[ing's] S[cholars] Offcuts, no. 29 (May 2010) (scroll to page 5). Archived 27 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- Who's Who 2010 (162nd year of issue) (London: A. & C. Black, 2009), s.v. 'Chesshyre, David Hubert Boothby' (p. 418).
- Debrett's People of Today, s.v. Chesshyre, David Hubert Boothy.
- College of Arms Newsletter, no. 26 (September 2010).
- "No. 45066". The London Gazette. 24 March 1970. p. 3415.
- "No. 47659". The London Gazette. 9 October 1978. p. 11997.
- "No. 54085". The London Gazette. 27 June 1995. p. 8847.
- "No. 54755". The London Gazette. 2 May 1997. p. 5289.
- Heralds of Today (2nd edn.), p. 11.
- College of Arms Newsletter, no. 1 (May 2004).
- Peter J. Begent and Hubert Chesshyre, The most noble Order of the Garter 650 years, with a foreword by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh KG and a chapter on the statutes of the Order by Dr Lisa Jefferson (London: Spink, 1999), p. 300.
- Heralds of Today (2nd edn.), p. 12.
- The London Gazette no. 51108 (2 November 1987), 13495.
- Ronald Allison and Sarah Riddell, The Royal Encyclopedia (London: Macmillan, 1991), p. 356.
- Peter Galloway, The Most Illustrious Order: The Order of St Patrick and its Knights (2nd edn., Unicorn, 1999), p. 211.
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