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 traditionGallo–British
JurisdictionEngland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Governing bodyCollege 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[edit]

Arms Name Date of appointment Ref
Royal Herald of Henry VII
Arms of John Yonge.svg John Yonge, Esq.[a] (1493)
Arms of John Ponde.svg John Ponde, Esq. (1511)
Herald to the Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset
Arms of John Ponde.svg John Ponde, Esq. (1511)
Arms of William Hastings.svg William Hastings, Esq. (1528)
Arms of Thomas Treheron.svg Thomas Traheyron or Trahern, Esq. (1536)
Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary
Arms of Thomas Treheron.svg Thomas Traheyron or Trahern, Esq.[b] 1536–1542
Arms of Richard Ratcliffe.svg Richard Radcliffe, Esq. 1543–1545
Arms of William Harvey.svg William Harvey, Esq. 1545–1551
Arms of Edmund Atkinson.svg Edmond Atkinson, Esq. 1551–1571
Arms of Robert Glover.svg Robert Glover, Esq. 1571–1588
Arms of William Segar.svg William Segar, Esq. 1589–1597
Arms of Robert Treswell.svg Robert Treswell, Esq. 1597–1624
Arms of John Philipot.svg John Philipot 1624–1645
Arms of George Owen of Henllys.svg George Owen, Esq. 1657–1658
Arms of Sir Edward Bysshe.svg Henry Bysshe, Esq. 1658–1660
Arms of Sir Henry St George.svg Sir Thomas St George 1660–1680
Arms of Francis Burghill.svg Francis Burghill, Esq. 1680–1700
Arms of Samuel Stebbing.svg Samuel Stebbing Esq. 1700–1720
Arms of John Warburton.svg John Warburton, Esq., FRS, FSA 1720–1759
Arms of Ralph Bigland.svg Ralph Bigland 1759–1773 [2]
Arms of Henry Hastings.svg Henry Hastings, Esq. 1773–1777
Arms of John Charles Brooke.svg John Charles Brooke, Esq, FSA 1777–1794 [3]
Arms of Edmund Atkinson.svg John Atkinson, Esq. 1794–1813 [4]
Arms of James Cathrow.svg James Cathrow, Esq. 1813–1854 [5]
Arms of William Courthope.svg William Courthope, Esq. 1854–1866 [6]
Arms of James Robinson Planché.svg James Robinson Planché, Esq., FSA 1866–1872 [7]
Arms of Stephen Isaacson Tucker.svg Stephen Isaacson Tucker, Esq. 1880–1887 [8]
Arms of Sir John Bernard Burke.svg Sir Henry Farnham Burke, KCVO, CB, FSA 1887–1911
Arms of Everard Green.svg Everard Green, Esq., FSA 1911–1926 [9]
Arms of Sir George Bellew.svg Hon. Sir George Rothe Bellew, KCB, KCVO, FSA 1926–1950 [10]
Arms of Michael Roger Trappes-Lomax.svg Michael Roger Trappes-Lomax, Esq., FSA 1951–1967 [11]
Arms of Rodney Onslow Dennys.svg Rodney Dennys, Esq., CVO, OBE, FSA 1967–1982 [12]
Arms of Thomas Woodcock.svg Thomas Woodcock, Esq., LVO, FSA 1982–1997 [13]
Arms of David Vines White.svg David Vines White, Esq. 2004–2021 [14]
Vacant 2021–present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Escorted Margaret Tudor to Edinburgh, 1503.
  2. ^ Killed in Scotland, 25 November 1542.[1]
  1. ^ Letters & Papers Henry VIII, 1542, no. 1140 (2)
  2. ^ "No. 9904". The London Gazette. 12 June 1759. p. 2.
  3. ^ "No. 11846". The London Gazette. 3 February 1778. p. 1.
  4. ^ "No. 13627". The London Gazette. 25 February 1794. p. 179.
  5. ^ "No. 16767". The London Gazette. 24 August 1813. p. 1682.
  6. ^ "No. 21517". The London Gazette. 31 January 1854. p. 278.
  7. ^ "No. 23152". The London Gazette. 17 August 1866. p. 4593.
  8. ^ "No. 24872". The London Gazette. 10 August 1880. p. 4363.
  9. ^ "No. 28545". The London Gazette. 27 October 1911. p. 7794.
  10. ^ "No. 33185". The London Gazette. 23 July 1926. p. 4868.
  11. ^ "No. 39142". The London Gazette. 6 February 1951. p. 667.
  12. ^ "No. 44400". The London Gazette. 1 September 1967. p. 9597.
  13. ^ "No. 49155". The London Gazette. 1 November 1982. p. 14201.
  14. ^ "No. 57419". The London Gazette. 24 September 2004. p. 12075.
  • 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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