The heraldic badge of York Herald of Arms in Ordinary
|Jurisdiction||England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|Governing body||College of Arms|
York Herald of Arms in Ordinary is an officer of arms at the College of Arms. The first York Herald is believed to have been an officer to Edmund of Langley, Duke of York around the year 1385, but the first completely reliable reference to such a herald is in February 1484, when John Water alias Yorke, herald was granted certain fees by Richard III. These fees included the Manor of Bayhall in Pembury, Kent, and 8 pounds, 6 shillings, and 8 pence a year from the Lordship of Huntingfield in Kent. The badge of office is the white rose of York en soleil ensigned by the Royal Crown.
Holders of the office
Parentheses 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.
- (Edw IV) Henry French or Franke, Esq.
- (Edw IV) Thomas Hollingworth, Esq.
- (1484) John Water, Esq.
- (Hen VII) Rowland Playnford, Esq.
- (Hen VII) John Mynne, Esq.
- 1509-1513 William Writhe or Wriothesley, Esq.
- 1513-1522 Thomas Tonge, Esq.
- 1522-1528 Ralph Lagysse, Esq.
- 1528-1530 Thomas Bysley, Esq.
- 1530-1538 Allan Dagnall, Esq.
- 1538-1553 Bartholomew Butler, Esq.
- 1553-1564 Martin Maroffe, Esq.
- 1564-1567 William Colborne, Esq.
- 1567-1570 Ralph Langman, Esq.
- 1570-1587 William Dethick, Esq.
- 1587-1593 Humphry Hales, Esq.
- 1593-1625 Ralph Brooke, Esq.
- 1625-1633 William Le Neve, Esq.
- 1633-? George Owen, Esq.
- (1658) (intruded)
- 1660-1663 George Owen, Esq.
- 1663-1675 John Wingfield, Esq.
- 1675-1700 Robert Devenish, Esq.
- 1700-1717 Laurence Cromp, Esq. Concurrently held the office of Carolina Herald.
- 1717-1722 Thomas Whitwick, Esq.
- 1722-1735 Philip Jones, Esq., FSA
- 1735-1753 Charles Townley, Esq.
- 1753-1786 George Fletcher, Esq.
- 1786-1794 Benjamin Pingo, Esq.
- 1794-1820 George Nayler Esq., FAS
- 1820-1842 Charles George Young, Esq.
- 1842-1848 Edward Howard Howard-Gibbon, Esq.
- 1848-1872 Thomas William King, Esq., FSA
- 1872-1886 John von Sonnentag de Havilland, Esq., FSA
- 1886-1904 Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty, KCVO, KStJ, FSA
- 1904-1905 George William Marshall, Esq., LLD, FSA
- 1905-1922 Gordon Ambrose de Lisle Lee, Esq., CB, CVO
- 1923-1932 Hon. Philip Plantagenet Cary, FSA
- 1932-1957 Aubrey John Toppin, Esq., CVO, FSA
- 1957-1968 Charles Murray Kennedy St Clair, 17th Lord Sinclair, CVO
- 1968-1992 Sir Conrad Marshall John Fisher Swan, KCVO, PhD, FSA
- 1992-1993 Peter Brotherton Spurrier, Esq.
- 1993-2010 Sir Henry Edgar Paston-Bedingfeld, Bt.
- 2010-2012 Vacant
- 2012- Michael Peter Desmond O'Donoghue, Esq.
- 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)