Richmond Herald

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Richmond Herald
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The heraldic badge of Richmond Herald of Arms in Ordinary
Heraldic tradition Gallo-British
Jurisdiction England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Governing body College of Arms

Richmond Herald of Arms in Ordinary is an officer of arms of the College of Arms in England. From 1421 to 1485, Richmond was a herald to John, Duke of Bedford, George, Duke of Clarence, and Henry, Earl of Richmond, all of whom held the Honour (estate) of Richmond. However, on the accession of Henry as Henry VII of England in 1485, Richmond became a king of arms and remained so until 1510, when the office became that of a herald in ordinary of the Crown. The badge of office is a red rose of Lancaster dimidiating the white rose en soleil of York, ensigned by the royal crown. Although this device has all the characteristics of a Tudor invention, it is likely to be of fairly recent derivation.

The current Richmond Herald of Arms in Ordinary is Clive Cheesman.

Holders of the Office

Brackets indicate a date or approximate date for which there is evidence that the named person was holder of this office. The reigning monarch is given if the date is not known more precisely.

Herald of John, Duke of Bedford

  • (1430) Peter Bouchard, Esq.
  • (Hen VI) Thomas More, Esq.

Herald of George, Duke of Clarence

  • (Edw IV) William Brereton, Esq.
  • (1473) Thomas Griffin, Esq.

Herald of Henry, Earl of Richmond

King of Arms

Herald of Arms in Ordinary

See also


  • 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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