Windsor Herald

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Windsor Herald
Badge of the Windsor Herald.svg
The heraldic badge of Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary
Heraldic traditionGallo-British
JurisdictionEngland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Governing bodyCollege of Arms

Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary is an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.

It has been suggested that the office was instituted specifically for the Order of the Garter in 1348, or that it predates the Order and was in use as early as 1338. However, it is more likely that it dates from 1364, when a pursuivant of Edward III, on bringing the king news of the victory at Auray, was rewarded by promotion to the rank of herald with the title Windsor. Thereafter there is little mention of the office before 1419, when Windsor Herald was sent to the Duke of Brittany. Since that time, the office has been maintained. The badge of office is the sunburst badge of Edward III (Edward of Windsor) royally crowned.

The best-known Windsor Herald was the 17th-century antiquarian, Elias Ashmole. The current Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary is John Allen-Petrie, Esq.[1]

Holders of the office[edit]

Arms Name Date of appointment Ref
Andrew (surname unknown) (Edward III)
Stephen (surname unknown) (1366)
Arms of Thomas More (herald).svg Thomas More, Esq. (Henry VI)
Arms of John Ashwell.svg Robert Ashwell, Esq. (Henry VI)
Arms of John Ferrant.svg John Ferrant, Esq. (Edward IV)
Arms of John Ballard.svg John Ballard, Esq. (Edward IV)
Arms of Sir Thomas Holme.svg Thomas Holme, Esq. 1461–1468
Arms of John Moore.svg John More, Esq. 1468–1486
Arms of Richard Slacke.svg Richard Slacke, Esq. 1486–1502
Arms of Thomas Benolt.svg Thomas Benolte, Esq. 1504–1510
Francis Dyes, Esq. 1510–1524
Arms of Thomas Wall (Garter).svg Thomas Wall, Esq., junior 1524–1529
Arms of John Wrythe.svg Charles Wriothesley 1529–1565
Arms of Richard Turpin.svg Richard Turpin, Esq. 1565–1583
Arms of Sir Gilbert Dethick.svg Nicholas Dethick, Esq. 1583–1597
Arms of Thomas Lant.svg Thomas Lant, Esq. 1597–1602
Arms of Sir Richard St George.svg Richard St George, Esq. 1602–1604
Arms of Samuel Thompson.svg Samuel Thompson, Esq. 1617–1624
Arms of Augustine Vincent.svg Augustine Vincent, Esq. 1624–1626
Arms of John Bradshaw.svg John Bradshaw, Esq. 1626–1633
Edward Norgate, Esq. 1633–1650
Arms of Elias Ashmole.svg Elias Ashmole, Esq. 1660–1675
Arms of John Dugdale (b. 1690).svg John Dugdale, Esq. 1676–1686
Henry Ball, Esq. 1686–1687
Arms of Thomas Holford.svg Thomas Holdford Esq. 1687–1690
Arms of Peers Mauduit.svg Peers Mauduit, Esq. 1690–1726
Arms of James Whorwood.svg James Whorwood Esq. 1726–1736
Arms of John Kettell.svg John Kettle, Esq., FSA 1736–1746 [2]
Arms of Charles Mawson.svg Richard Mawson, Esq. 1746–1746
Arms of Thomas Thornberry.svg Thomas Thornborough Esq. 1746–1757
Arms of Henry Hill.svg Henry Hill, Esq., FSA 1757–1774 [3]
Arms of George Harrison (b. 1740).svg George Harrison, Esq. 1774–1784 [4]
Francis Townsend, Esq., FSA 1784–1819 [5]
Arms of Francis Martin.svg Francis Martin, Esq. 1819–1839 [6]
Arms of Robert Laurie.svg Robert Laurie, Esq. 1839–1849 [7]
Arms of George Harrison Rogers-Harrison.svg George Harrison Rogers-Harrison, Esq. 1849–1880 [8]
Arms of Sir William Weldon.svg Sir William Henry Weldon, KCVO, FSA 1880–1894 [9]
Arms of William Lindsay.svg William Alexander Lindsay, Esq., CVO, FSA 1894–1919 [10]
Arms of Sir Algar Howard.svg Sir Algar Henry Stafford Howard, KCB, KCVO, MC, TD 1919–1931 [11]
Arms of Alfred Trego Butler.svg Alfred Trego Butler, Esq., MVO, MC, FSA 1931–1946 [12]
Arms of Richard Graham-Vivian.svg Richard Preston Graham-Vivian, Esq., MVO, MC 1947–1966 [13]
Arms of Sir Colin Cole.svg Sir Alexander Colin Cole, KCB, KCVO, TD, FSA 1966–1978 [14]
Arms of Theobald Mathew.svg Theobald Mathew, Esq., MA 1978–1997 [15]
Arms of William George Hunt.svg William George Hunt, Esq., TD 1999–2017 [16]
Arms of John Michael Allen-Petrie.svg John Allen-Petrie, Esq., OBE 2019–Present [17][18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Windsor Herald - College of Arms". Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  2. ^ "No. 7530". The London Gazette. 3 August 1736. p. 1.
  3. ^ "No. 9742". The London Gazette. 22 November 1757. p. 1.
  4. ^ "No. 11505". The London Gazette. 29 October 1774. p. 1.
  5. ^ "No. 12548". The London Gazette. 1 June 1784. p. 1.
  6. ^ "No. 17468". The London Gazette. 13 April 1819. p. 658.
  7. ^ "No. 19702". The London Gazette. 1 February 1839. p. 190.
  8. ^ "No. 20996". The London Gazette. 6 July 1849. p. 2158.
  9. ^ "No. 24835". The London Gazette. 20 April 1880. p. 2600.
  10. ^ "No. 26494". The London Gazette. 13 March 1894. p. 1523.
  11. ^ "No. 31598". The London Gazette. 14 October 1919. p. 12654.
  12. ^ "No. 33688". The London Gazette. 10 February 1931. p. 927.
  13. ^ "No. 37875". The London Gazette. 7 February 1947. p. 661.
  14. ^ "No. 44172". The London Gazette. 15 November 1966. p. 12311.
  15. ^ "No. 47661". The London Gazette. 12 October 1978. p. 12091.
  16. ^ "No. 55620". The London Gazette. 27 September 1999. p. 10313.
  17. ^ "No. 62706". The London Gazette. 10 July 2019. p. 12352.
  18. ^ "Home".
  19. ^ "Elected Members recognised in New Year's Honours".
  • 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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