Herald


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A herald, or, more correctly, a herald of arms, is an officer of arms, ranking between pursuivant and king of arms. The title is often applied erroneously to all officers of arms.

Heralds were originally messengers sent by monarchs or noblemen to convey messages or proclamations. Like other officers of arms, a herald would often wear a surcoat, called a tabard, decorated with the coat of arms of his master. It was possibly due to their role in managing the tournaments of the Late Middle Ages that heralds came to be associated with the regulation of the knights' coats of arms. This science of heraldry became increasingly important and further regulated over the years, and in several countries around the world it is still overseen by heralds. Thus the primary job of a herald today is to be an expert in coats of arms. In the United Kingdom heralds are still called upon at times to read proclamations publicly; for which they still wear tabards emblazoned with the royal coat of arms. The given name Harold is also derived from this office of arms.

There are active official heralds today in several countries, including the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, and the Republic of South Africa. In England and Scotland most heralds are full-time employees of the sovereign and are called "Heralds of Arms in Ordinary". Temporary appointments can be made of "Heralds of Arms Extraordinary". These are often appointed for a specific major state occasions, such as a coronation. In addition, the Canadian Heraldic Authority has created the position of "Herald of Arms Emeritus", with which to honor long-serving or distinguished heraldists. In Scotland, some Clan Chiefs, the heads of great noble houses, still appoint private officers of arms to handle cases of heraldic or genealogical importance of clan members, although these are usually pursuivants.

English Heralds

English Heralds of Arms in Ordinary

*Richmond Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Chester Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*York Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary

English Heralds of Arms Extraordinary

*Arundel Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Beaumont Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Maltravers Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*New Zealand Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Norfolk Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Surrey Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary

cottish Heralds

cottish Heralds of Arms in Ordinary

*Albany Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Islay Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Marchmont Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Rothesay Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Ross Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Snowdoun Herald of Arms in Ordinary

cottish Heralds of Arms Extraordinary

*Orkney Herald of Arms Extraordinary

Canadian Heralds

Canadian Heralds of Arms In Ordinary

*Chief Herald of Canada
*Assiniboine Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Athabaska Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Coppermine Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Fraser Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Miramichi Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Saguenay Herald of Arms in Ordinary
*Saint-Laurent Herald of Arms in Ordinary

Canadian Heralds of Arms Extraordinary

*Albion Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Capilano Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Cowichan Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Dauphin Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Niagara Herald of Arms Extraordinary
*Rouge Herald of Arms Extraordinary

Canadian Heralds of Arms Emeritus

*Outaouais Herald of Arms Emeritus
*Rideau Herald of Arms Emeritus

Indian Empire Herald of Arms Extraordinary

*Delhi Herald of Arms Extraordinary

ee also

* Heraldry
* Officer of Arms
* The College of Arms
* The Court of the Lord Lyon
* The Canadian Heraldic Authority

External links

* [http://www.lyon-court.com The Court of the Lord Lyon]
* [http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk The College of Arms]
* [http://www.gg.ca/heraldry/index_e.asp The Canadian Heraldic Authority]
* [http://www.nli.ie/fr_offi2.htm The Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland]
* [http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2006/2306/b2306s.pdf Genealogy & Heraldry Bill, 2006] Introduced in the Irish Senate to provide a sound legislative basis for Ireland's heraldic authority.


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