A Pursuivant, or more correctly a pursuivant of arms, is a junior officer of arms. Most pursuivants are attached to official heraldic authorities, such as the College of Arms in London or the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. In the mediaeval era, many great nobles employed their own officers of arms. Today, there still exist some private pursuivants that are not employed by a government authority. In Scotland, for example, several pursuivants of arms have been appointed by Clan Chiefs. These pursuivants of arms look after matters of heraldic and genealogical importance for clan members.

Some Masonic Grand Lodges have an office known as the Grand Pursuivant. The office is unknown at the local Masonic lodge level. It is the Grand Pursuivant's duty to announce all applicants for admission into the Grand Lodge by their names and Masonic titles; to take charge of the jewels and regalia of the Grand Lodge; to attend all communications of the Grand Lodge, and to perform such other duties as may be required by the Grand Master or presiding officer.

Nationally-Appointed Pursuivants

English Pursuivants of Arms in Ordinary

* Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary
* Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary
* Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary
* Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary

English Pursuivants of Arms Extraordinary

* Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary

cottish Pursuivants of Arms in Ordinary

* Bute Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary
* Carrick Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary
* Dingwall Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary
* Kintyre Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary
* Ormond Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary
* Unicorn Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary

cottish Pursuivants of Arms Extraordinary

* Linlithgow Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary
* Falkland Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary
* March Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary

Privately Appointed Pursuivants

* Slains Pursuivant of Arms
* Garioch Pursuivant of Arms
* Endure Pursuivant of Arms
* Finlaggan Pursuivant of Arms

ee also

* Heraldry
* Officer of Arms
* Private 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]

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  • Pursuivant — Pur sui*vant, n. [F. poursuivant, fr. poursuivre. See {Pursue}, and cf. {Pursuant}.] [Written also {poursuivant}.] 1. (Heralds College) A functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties; called also {pursuivant at arms};… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pursuivant — Pur sui*vant, v. t. To pursue. [Obs. & R.] [1913 Webster] Their navy was pursuivanted after with a horrible tempest. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pursuivant — [pʉr′si vənt, pʉr′swivənt] n. [ME pursevante < OFr poursuivant, prp. of poursuivre < poursuir: see PURSUE] 1. in the British Heralds College, an officer ranking below a herald 2. a follower …   English World dictionary

  • pursuivant — noun Etymology: Middle English pursevant attendant of a herald, from Anglo French pursevaunt, pursuant, literally, follower, from present participle of pursure to pursue Date: 14th century 1. an officer of arms ranking below a herald but having… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pursuivant — /perr swi veuhnt/, n. 1. a heraldic officer of the lowest class, ranking below a herald. 2. an official attendant on heralds. 3. any attendant or follower. [1350 1400; < F poursuivant (prp. of poursuivre to PURSUE, follow L prosequi); r. ME… …   Universalium

  • pursuivant — noun a) follower b) a herald of the …   Wiktionary

  • Pursuivant — One of the officers of the College of *Arms; junior to a *herald …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • PURSUIVANT —    one of the junior officers in the Heralds College, four in England, named respectively Rouge Croix, Blue Mantle, Rouge Dragon, and Portcullis; and three in Scotland, named respectively Bute, Carrick, and Unicorn …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • pursuivant — [ pə:sɪv(ə)nt] noun 1》 Brit. an officer of the College of Arms ranking below a herald. 2》 archaic a follower or attendant. Origin ME: from OFr. pursivant, pres. participle of pursivre follow after …   English new terms dictionary

  • pursuivant — n. 1. Follower, attendant. 2. State messenger …   New dictionary of synonyms