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Norfolk Herald Extraordinary

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

Norfolk Herald of Arms Extraordinary is an officer of arms in England. As an officer extraordinary, Norfolk is a royal herald, though not a member of the corporation of the College of Arms in London. Beginning in 1539 this officer was a herald to the dukes of Norfolk, though the first holder, John James, was paid a salary by King Henry VIII. Subsequent Norfolk heralds have been officers extraordinary, though the office has not always been filled but rather revived when required. The badge of office, assigned in 1958, is blazoned as Two Ostrich Feathers saltirewise each charged with a Gold Chain laid along the quill. It derives from the ostrich feather badge granted by King Richard II around 1387 as a mark of special favor to Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, Marshal of England. Mowbray was also the first to be styled Earl Marshal.[1]

The current Norfolk Herald of Arms Extraordinary is Maj. David Rankin-Hunt, CVO, MBE, KCN, TD. Rankin-Hunt was appointed by Royal Warrant in October 1994 and is the ninth person to hold the office. Following the retirement of Sir Conrad Swan as Garter King of Arms in 1995 he assumed some responsibility for advising certain Commonwealth Realms and a few non-Commonwealth Countries on Honours and Awards. In the last fifteen years he has designed and instituted Honours systems and individual Orders, Decorations and Medals for over eight countries. These include Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Barbados and Albania.

Holders of the office

Major David Rankin-Hunt
Arms Name Date of appointment Ref
John James 17 April 1539
Arms of John Anstis.svg John Anstis the elder 18 May 1707
Arms of William Oldys.svg William Oldys 15 April 1755
Arms of Stephen Martin Leake.svg Stephen Martin Leake 21 September 1761
Arms of Sir William Woods.svg William Woods 9 May 1825 [2]
Arms of Sir Albert Woods.svg Albert Woods 29 October 1841 [3]
Arms of Hugh Stanford London.svg Hugh Stanford London 27 April 1953 [4]
Arms of George Drewry Squibb.svg George Drewry Squibb 24 April 1959 [5]
Arms of David Rankin-Hunt.svg David Rankin-Hunt 25 October 1994 [6]

See also


  1. ^ Chesshyre, Hubert; Ailes, Adrian (2001). Heralds of Today, A Biographical List of the Officers of the College of Arms, London, 1987-2001. London: Illuminata Publishers. pp. 47–49. ISBN 0-9537845-1-7.
  2. ^ "No. 18136". The London Gazette. 10 May 1825. p. 812.
  3. ^ "No. 20032". The London Gazette. 29 October 1841. p. 2652.
  4. ^ "No. 39841". The London Gazette. 1 May 1953. p. 2419.
  5. ^ "Obituary: George Squibb". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  6. ^ "No. 53849". The London Gazette. 15 November 1994. p. 15981.
  • 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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