Monday, May 2, 2016

The History and Legacy of a Herald

I ran across a May 1, 2016 article about the history and legacy of one of the better known heralds of the College of Arms, Sir William Dugdale (1605-1686).

He was and remained an officer of arms at the College of Arms through one of the most turbulent periods of British history, the Civil War. He was Rouge Croix Pursuivant from 1639-1644, Chester Herald from 1644-1660 (the illustration of him above was made in 1656), Norroy King of Arms from 1660-1677, and Garter Principal King of Arms from 1677-1686. He was also one of Britain's foremost antiquarians, widely published and well-respected by both sides in the Civil War.

You can find this article, HERALD HISTORY: The written legacy of Sir William Dugdale (1605-1686) on the website of the Tamworth Herald at


  1. I like the hat. I would wear such a hat.

  2. It is my understanding that under Cromwell's administration, you pretty much _had_ to wear such a hat.

    "And on and after January 1, 1655, by order of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, it is hereby forbidden to enjoy _anything_."