Somerset Herald

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Somerset Herald
Badge of the Somerset Herald.svg
The heraldic badge of Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary
Heraldic tradition Gallo-British
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 current Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary is David Vines White, MA (Cantab.) MA (London).

Holders of the office[edit]

Brackets indicate a date or approximate date for which there is evidence that the named person was holder of this office.

Royal Herald[edit]

  • (1493) John Young, Esq, escorted Margaret Tudor to Edinburgh, 1503.
  • (1511) John Ponde, Esq.

Herald to the Duke of Richmond and Somerset[edit]

  • (1511) John Ponde, Esq.
  • (1528) William Hastings, Esq.
  • (1536) Thomas Traheyron or Trahern, Esq.

Herald of Arms in Ordinary[edit]

See also[edit]


  • The College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street : being the sixteenth and final monograph of the London Survey Committee, Walter H. Godfrey, assisted by Sir Anthony Wagner, with a complete list of the officers of arms, prepared by H. Stanford London, (London, 1963)
  • A History of the College of Arms &c, Mark Noble, (London, 1804)

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