- Portcullis Pursuivant
Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary is a junior officer of arms at the
College of Armsin London. The office is named after the " Portcullischained 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 office of Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary has been vacant since the promotion of the last holder in 1999.
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."
*(Hen VII) Ralph Lagysse
*1516-1549 Robert Fayery or Fairy
*1550-1553 Richard Withers
*1553-1559 John Cocke
*1559-1559 Edward Merlin
*1559-1567 Ralph Langman
*1567-1571 Robert Glover
*1571-1585 Richard Lee
*1597-1619 Samuel Thompson
*1619-1625 Philip Holland
*1625-1633 Thomas Preston
*1633-1660 John Beauchamp
*1660-1663 John Wingfield
*1663- Thomas Holdford
*(Ja II) Thomas Holford, jun.
*1689- Laurence Cromp
*(Will III) John Hesketh
*1713-1718 Thomas Wightwick
*1718-1746 Richard Mawson
*1746-1780 Peter Toms
*1780-1817 John-Doddington Forth
*1817-1822 George Frederick Beltz
James Pulman, Esq.
*1838-1841 Sir Albert William Woods, GCVO, KCB, KCMG, KGSJ, FSA
*1841-1878 George William Collen, Esq.
*1878-1882 Arthur Staunton Larken, Esq.
*1883-1894 William Alexander Lindsay, Esq., CVO, FSA
*1894-1913 Thomas Morgan Joseph-Watkin, Esq.
*1913-1922 Keith William Murray, Esq., FSA
*1922-1926 Hon. Sir George Rothe Bellew, KCB, KCVO, FSA
Alfred Butler, Esq., MVO, MC, FSA
*1931-1943 Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, KCB, KCVO, DLitt, FSA
Charles Murray Kennedy St Clair, 17th Lord Sinclair, CVO
*1957-1966 Sir Alexander Colin Cole, KCB, KCVO, TD, FSA
Michael Maclagan, Esq., CVO, FSA, FRHistS
*1981-1992 Peter Brotherton Spurrier, Esq.
William George Hunt, Esq., TD
Officer of Arms
College of Arms
* "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", Rev. Mark Noble, (London, 1804)
* [http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk The College of Arms]
* [http://www.cam.ac.uk/societies/cuhags/info/o_of_a/intro.htm CUHGS Officer of Arms Index]
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