Peter O'Donoghue

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O'Donoghue at the 2006 Garter Service

Michael Peter Desmond O'Donoghue (born 1971) is a British officer of arms who currently serves as York Herald of Arms in Ordinary at the College of Arms in London. He was appointed to the office on 31 May 2012, having served as Bluemantle Pursuivant from 2005.

Life and career[edit]

After graduating from Cambridge University, where he was president of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society, O'Donoghue worked for several years as a genealogist and researcher, including time spent as research assistant to two Windsor Heralds—the late Theobald Mathew and William Hunt.

With Clive Cheesman (Richmond Herald), O'Donoghue is the co-editor of The Coat of Arms, the twice-yearly journal of the Heraldry Society. The two heralds took over that position in 2005 from the late John Brooke-Little, former Clarenceux King of Arms.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Coat of Arms. Third Series Volume 1, No 209: Spring 2005.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Robert Noel
Bluemantle Pursuivant
2005 – 2012
Preceded by
Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
York Herald
2012 – present