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Portcullis Pursuivant

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

Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary is a junior officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. The office is named after the Portcullis chained Or badge of the Beauforts, which was a favourite device of King Henry VII. King Henry's mother was Lady Margaret Beaufort. The office was instituted around 1485, probably at the time of Henry's coronation. The badge of office is very similar to that of Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary, the latter being ensigned with the Royal Crown. The earliest recorded Portcullis Pursuivant was James or Jacques Videt, who was the plaintiff in a Common Pleas case in 1498[1] and again in 1500.[2]

The post is currently vacant.

Holders of the office

Arms Name Date of appointment Ref
James Videt (Henry VII)
Ralph Lagysse (Henry VII)
Arms of Robert Fayery.svg
Robert Fayery or Fairy 1516–1549
Arms of Richard Withers.svg
Richard Withers 1550–1553
Arms of John Cocke.svg
John Cocke 1553–1559
Arms of Edward Merlin.svg
Edward Merlin 1559–1559
Arms of Ralph Langman.svg
Ralph Langman 1559–1567
Arms of Robert Glover.svg
Robert Glover 1567–1571
Arms of Richard Lee.svg
Richard Lee 1571–1585
Arms of William Segar.svg
William Segar 1585–1588
Arms of Thomas Lant.svg
Thomas Lant 1588–1597
Arms of Samuel Thompson.svg
Samuel Thompson 1597–1619
Arms of Philip Holland.svg
Philip Holland 1619–1625
Arms of Thomas Preston.svg
Thomas Preston 1625–1633
Arms of Beauchamp (of Hatch).svg
John Beauchamp 1633–1660
Arms of John Wingfield.svg
John Wingfield 1660–1663
Arms of Thomas Holford.svg
Thomas Holford From 1663
Arms of Thomas Holford.svg
Thomas Holford, junior (James II)
Laurence Cromp From 1689
Arms of John Hesketh.svg
John Hesketh (William III)
Arms of Thomas Whitwick.svg
Thomas Wightwick 1713–1718
Arms of Charles Mawson.svg
Richard Mawson 1718–1745
Arms of Thomas Thornberry.svg
Thomas Thornberry 1745
Arms of Peter Toms.svg
Peter Toms 1746–1780
John-Doddington Forth 1780–1817
Arms of George Frederick Beltz.svg
George Frederick Beltz 1817–1822
Arms of James Pulman.svg
James Pulman, Esq. 1822–1838 [3]
Arms of Sir William Woods.svg
Sir Albert William Woods, GCVO, KCB, KCMG, KGStJ, FSA 1838–1841 [4]
George William Collen, Esq. 1841–1878 [5]
Arms of Arthur Staunton Larken.svg
Arthur Staunton Larken, Esq. 1878–1882 [6]
Arms of William Lindsay.svg
William Alexander Lindsay, Esq., CVO, FSA 1883–1894 [7]
Arms of Thomas Morgan Joseph-Watkin.svg
Thomas Morgan Joseph-Watkin, Esq. 7 April 1894 – 1913 [8]
Keith William Murray, Esq., FSA 1913–1922 [9]
Arms of Sir George Bellew.svg
Hon. Sir George Rothe Bellew, KCB, KCVO, FSA 1922–1926 [10]
Arms of Alfred Trego Butler.svg
Alfred Butler, Esq., MVO, MC, FSA 1926–1931 [11]
Arms of Sir Anthony Wagner.svg
Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, KCB, KCVO, DLitt, FSA 1931–1943 [12]
Arms of Lord Sinclair.svg
Charles Murray Kennedy St Clair, 17th Lord Sinclair, CVO 1949–1957 [13]
Arms of Sir Colin Cole.svg
Sir Alexander Colin Cole, KCB, KCVO, TD, FSA 1957–1966 [14]
Arms of Michael Maclagan.svg
Michael Maclagan, Esq., CVO, FSA, FRHistS 1970–1980 [15]
Arms of Peter Brotherton Spurrier.svg
Peter Brotherton Spurrier, Esq. 1981–1992 [16]
Arms of William George Hunt.svg
William George Hunt, Esq., TD 1992–1999 [17]
Arms of Vane.svg
Hon Christopher Fletcher-Vane 2012–2017 [18]

See also


  1. ^ "AALT Page". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  2. ^ "AALT Page". Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  3. ^ "No. 15895". The London Gazette. 1 June 1822. p. 278.
  4. ^ "No. 19639". The London Gazette. 24 July 1838. p. 1667.
  5. ^ "No. 20036". The London Gazette. 9 November 1841. p. 2757.
  6. ^ "No. 24554". The London Gazette. 22 February 1878. p. 880.
  7. ^ "No. 25183". The London Gazette. 29 December 1882. p. 6649.
  8. ^ "No. 26502". The London Gazette. 10 April 1894. p. 2019.
  9. ^ "No. 12583". The Edinburgh Gazette. 22 July 1913. p. 777.
  10. ^ "No. 32628". The London Gazette. 3 March 1922. p. 1818.
  11. ^ "No. 33185". The London Gazette. 23 July 1926. p. 4868.
  12. ^ "No. 33725". The London Gazette. 12 June 1931. p. 3837.
  13. ^ "No. 38658". The London Gazette. 5 July 1949. p. 3299.
  14. ^ "No. 41136". The London Gazette. 26 July 1957. p. 4428.
  15. ^ "No. 45066". The London Gazette. 24 March 1970. p. 3415.
  16. ^ "No. 48499". The London Gazette. 20 January 1981. p. 831.
  17. ^ "No. 53094". The London Gazette. 2 November 1992. p. 18353.
  18. ^ "No. 60243". The London Gazette. 20 August 2012. p. 15985.
  • 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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