|Jurisdiction||England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|Governing body||College of Arms|
Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary is an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. In the year 1448 Somerset Herald is known to have served the Duke of Somerset, but by the time of the coronation of King Henry VII in 1485 his successor appears to have been raised to the rank of a royal officer, when he was the only herald to receive coronation liveries.
By 1525 Somerset was again in private service, on the staff of the Duke of Richmond and Somerset, Henry Fitzroy, although he was appointed by the King and shared the heralds' fees as a herald extraordinary. On the death of that nobleman in 1536 the herald returned to the service of the crown, and all later officers called Somerset have been members of the royal household as heralds in ordinary. The badge of office is A Portcullis Or Royally Crowned. This is a version of the Beaufort badge.
The post is currently vacant.
Holders of the office
|Arms||Name||Date of appointment||Ref|
|Royal Herald of Henry VII|
|John Yonge, Esq.[a]||(1493)|
|John Ponde, Esq.||(1511)|
|Herald to the Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset|
|John Ponde, Esq.||(1511)|
|William Hastings, Esq.||(1528)|
|Thomas Traheyron or Trahern, Esq.||(1536)|
|Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary|
|Thomas Traheyron or Trahern, Esq.[b]||1536–1542|
|Richard Radcliffe, Esq.||1543–1545|
|William Harvey, Esq.||1545–1551|
|Edmond Atkinson, Esq.||1551–1571|
|Robert Glover, Esq.||1571–1588|
|William Segar, Esq.||1589–1597|
|Robert Treswell, Esq.||1597–1624|
|George Owen, Esq.||1657–1658|
|Henry Bysshe, Esq.||1658–1660|
|Sir Thomas St George||1660–1680|
|Francis Burghill, Esq.||1680–1700|
|Samuel Stebbing Esq.||1700–1720|
|John Warburton, Esq., FRS, FSA||1720–1759|
|Henry Hastings, Esq.||1773–1777|
|John Charles Brooke, Esq, FSA||1777–1794|||
|John Atkinson, Esq.||1794–1813|||
|James Cathrow, Esq.||1813–1854|||
|William Courthope, Esq.||1854–1866|||
|James Robinson Planché, Esq., FSA||1866–1872|||
|Stephen Isaacson Tucker, Esq.||1880–1887|||
|Sir Henry Farnham Burke, KCVO, CB, FSA||1887–1911|
|Everard Green, Esq., FSA||1911–1926|||
|Hon. Sir George Rothe Bellew, KCB, KCVO, FSA||1926–1950|||
|Michael Roger Trappes-Lomax, Esq., FSA||1951–1967|||
|Rodney Dennys, Esq., CVO, OBE, FSA||1967–1982|||
|Thomas Woodcock, Esq., LVO, FSA||1982–1997|||
|David Vines White, Esq.||2004–2021|||
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