William Hunt (officer of arms)

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William Hunt, Windsor (centre), processing in the annual service of the Order of the Garter

William George Hunt TD FCA (born 8 December 1946) served as Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary at the College of Arms in London[1] from 1999 to 2017.

Insignia of CStJ


Hunt worked for many years as a City chartered accountant before being appointed as Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary in 1992. He was promoted as Windsor Herald in 1999.[2] In 2007 he succeeded Timothy Duke as Registrar of the College of Arms until 2014,[3] and has been a Member of Council of The Heraldry Society since 1997. He retired as Windsor Herald on 31 May 2017.[4]

Hunt was Clerk to HM Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London (1990–2013) before being appointed to the Lieutenancy in 2012.

He was an elected Member of Common Council of the City of London Corporation (2004–2013) and is a liveryman and Past Master (2000–2001) of the Playing-Card Makers' Company.

He served in the Honourable Artillery Company retiring with the rank of Major in 2000. He was nominated as Genealogist of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in 2010,[5] and appointed Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ) in 2011.

He married Michaela Wedel in 1998; the couple have two sons and live in London.

An heraldic design by William Hunt[edit]



Coat of arms of William Hunt
Arms of William George Hunt.svg
A Demi-Talbot Sable winding a Bugle Horn Gules garnished Or held in the dexter forepaw.
That of a Gentleman
Azure a Stag's Head caboshed Argent on a Chief Or a Rose Gules seeded and barbed Proper between two Talbots passant Sable.[7]
Pro Deo et Civitate ("For God and the City")
Order of St John circlet (watered black silk)
Previous versions
Hunt impaled his livery company's arms with those of his family during his year of office as Master Playing-Card Maker

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The College of Arms Newsletter no. 30 (September 2011), p. 2.
  2. ^ London Gazette
  3. ^ "College of Arms Newsletter No. 13" (PDF). July 2007. p. 4. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  4. ^ "College of Arms Newsletter No. 51". July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  5. ^ The College of Arms Newsletter no. 25 (June 2010), p. 2.
  6. ^ Heraldry Gazette NS 67 (March 1998), 6.
  7. ^ "Armorial - Honorary Members - William HUNT". whitelionsociety.org.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2018.

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Heraldic offices
Preceded by
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Portcullis Pursuivant

1992 – 1999
Succeeded by
The Hon. Christopher Fletcher-Vane
Preceded by
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Windsor Herald

1999 – 2017
Succeeded by
John Allen-Petrie
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Registrar of the College of Arms

2007 – 2014
Succeeded by
Civic offices
Preceded by
Gordon Robson
Master of the
Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

Succeeded by
Yasha Beresiner
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Court of Common Council
(Commoncouncilman for Castle Baynard)

Succeeded by
Raymond Catt
Honorary titles
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Honorary Genealogist of the Order of St John

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